My delight in being a structural engineer has always been driven by a combination of delivering innovative structural solutions and a hands on approach to the design of buildings. I believe that the world of building engineering consists of a people focused, technically driven community, where the blend of communication, clear understanding of building physics and creative thinking come together to provide high levels of excellence. This personal philosophy has been a driving force for me throughout my career, and I believe is illustrated in the projects that I have chosen to present in this paper.
I have chosen three recent projects that represent different sectors of the industry. Firstly Millennium Point, Birmingham, a multi-occupancy building with a structure that needed to be simple and quick to build, yet also completely adaptable so that it could meet the changing needs of the occupiers. Secondly, St Catherine’s House in London, a commercial office building with a 90m long, storey high basement that proved to be an exciting engineering challenge, and now houses Mobil Oil’s London headquarters. And finally, the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, The British Museum, London, a space surrounding the famous Reading Room, that until recently was occupied by the British Library and has now been redeveloped as the largest covered courtyard in Europe, forming a modern and versatile hub for the museum.
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