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Cost and Consequence

June 28, 2016 3

About once a month my train to work is delayed. There are signal failures, over running works, unexpected weather; the litany of excuses is endless. Only last week I sat in Waterloo and watched hours of trains get canceled…Read More

A British Engineer’s Apology to Europe

June 24, 2016 5

At the moment, I’m mostly embarrassed. Sure, I’ll be angry, then sad; disappointed and finally resigned to picking up the pieces. But mostly I just can’t believe we did it. Yes- for all of you out there who don’t know; it…Read More

The Longest Tunnels In The World

May 22, 2016 3

Tunnels; the less appreciated but just as impressive sibling of our famous bridges. Following last week’s attempt at discovering the world’s longest bridges, this week I’ll be giving the longest tunnels…Read More

Construct//Disrupt 3: Proptech

May 13, 2016 2

For those of you who haven’t heard about it, Construct//Disrupt is a gathering for all the innovators in construction; giving some of the coolest start-ups in our industry a platform to showcase…Read More

Cycling London: Our Responsibility

July 17, 2015 3

For the last few months I’ve been shortening my life expectancy by cycling to work, in London; if the busses don’t get you- the nitrogen will. I’m no stranger to commuting by bike- however city cycling, and capital cycling especially, is a different…Read More

An Engineering Portfolio

January 16, 2015

As someone who is forever saying we should do more to share our work with the public; I was a little embarrassed to realise that the idea of a portfolio had never crossed my mind. It’s a simple thing; and so much…Read More

Why Do We Hate The Garden Bridge?

January 13, 2015 9

For those of you who don’t live London adjacent; the capital is remarkably close to getting its very own Garden Bridge- which is exactly what is sounds like: A tiny garden on a strip of artificial land straddling…Read More

Building A Wind Farm

December 26, 2014

The beauty of a completed wind farm, with its streamlined turbines standing tall and proud, often belies the challenges and delicate balancing act involved in ensuring the design and construction runs…Read More

Making Space: Housing London

November 17, 2014 2

So there’s this new idea: Let’s sort out London’s housing crisis by building on top of existing public service buildings. At a glance this approach (termed overbuild) makes a lot of sense- one of the main reasons developers…Read More

ICE Bridges 2014: Part Three

July 11, 2014 4

With 15 speakers, it’s fair to say that ICE Bridges 2014 was a packed event, and, despite dedicating three whole articles to the day, the best I can achieve is this overview of some of the highlights. Unfortunately, with all that dynamic networking, … Read More