Minimal intervention: less is more

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Hear from the engineer behind the Structural Award-winning Newquay Harper Footbridge project - and get into the mindset of only doing what is necessary.

The Newquay Harper Footbridge project, by Free4m Consulting, won the 2019 Structural Award for Structural Heritage. It was praised by judges for a minimalist approach underpinned by detailed research and sound engineering judgement. 

Tony Parasram FIStructE, Director of Free4m, explores all aspects of minimal intervention:

  • The mindset behind minimal intervention
  • How a minimal approach is often the best solution
  • How structural engineers can have influence in persuading clients to do only necessary work, without compromising the client's needs
  • How to apply facets of engineering like asset management to test how a client's brief meets theirs needs

Minimal intervention: less is more

About the speaker

Tony Parasram has over 25 years consultancy experience serving clients in the public, private and developer sector. A director of the award winning Free4m Consulting, he is also director of Free4m International and Free4m Lighting, bringing a unique perspective blending structural engineering, civil engineering and asset management.

A fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers, Tony sits on the Structural Futures and Design Practice Committees, and is Chair of the Sustainability Panel.

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