LAST industrial events of the term! - Industry Talk and Site Visit!!

Posted on by Mikaella Liveri

Event 1:

Heyne Tillett Steel (HTS) Industry Talk:

Adaptation of existing buildings

Monday 28th November 2022, Room 207


Heyne Tillett Steel is an employee-owned structural and civil engineering practice with a reputation for intelligent design and innovative, practical solutions. They were involved in many structural projects in the past, including Battersea Arts Centre, The Standard and more!


Speaker: Andrew Middlebrook

Using a strong technical background and an intuitive understanding of how structures work, Andrew has extensive experience of successfully delivering complex, high-profile projects. He believes that developing smart, elegant structural solutions in a collaborative design, commercial and construction team is key to achieving low embodied carbon design on every project. Since 2008. Andrew has worked around the globe across all sectors to lead the structural design of projects ranging from a domestic scale to international infrastructure hubs. At Heyne Tillett Steel he has delivered a range of prestigious projects in London, such as the complex transformation of the 1970s Camden Town Hall Annexe into The Standard hotel. This involved justifying and maximising the reuse of existing building fabric to minimise the quantities of new material required. Away from Heyne Tillett Steel, Andrew has worked at global multidisciplinary firms on the structures of major international projects such as the KASC Stadium in Jeddah, the Singapore Sports Hub Stadium and the roof of the Third Runway Concourse at Hong Kong Airport. He also joined Holmes Consulting Group in Christchurch, New Zealand in order to contribute innovative structural analysis and design to efforts to rebuild the city following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.


Event 2:

Legendre Site Visit: Forest Road Project

(limited spaces so sign up NOW!)

Monday 30th November 2022, meet 1:10pm at Skempton

Speaker: Hippolyte, which is also our former CivSoc Chair 2018-2019!


You might be asking “why should I go see a medium sized project 1 hour away from South Kensington on my Wednesday afternoon?”


We will show you how construction in London really works, how we innovated and managed to secure new projects during the current economic turmoil (inflation, increases in raw material prices etc. ), and how we are working to reduce the environmental footprint of our buildings.


  • Forest Road Project is a new build residential scheme consisting of 90 flats expected to finish by early 2023. We, Legendre UK, invite you to come visit us on site to discover the project and understand what main contracting is all about.
  • We are currently wrapping up the reinforced concrete structural works and starting the façade works on the lower levels.
  • As an Imperial alumni myself, I think you will find this site visit worthwhile and you will gain a better understanding of your course material once you see it for real. Also we’ll happily take you for a drink if you have any questions after. See you next week!


Date: Wednesday 30th November 2022, meet 1:10pm at Skempton reception

Location of site: 458 Forest Road E17 4PZ Walthamstow, London (Closest tube is Walthamstow Central about 1 hour from imperial)

Industry Talk: From 201 to Tideway: Reflection on 40 Years in Civil Engineering

Posted on by Will Dubin

Join us on Wed 10th March from 1-2:30pm GMT for what promises to be a highlight of the CivSoc calendar with one of our own best and brightest!


Imperial Civil Engineering Alumnus and Tideway Chief Technical Officer Roger Bailey will give a summary of some key and hopefully interesting aspects of his career in Civil Engineering since his graduation in 1981. He will go on to give some insights into the challenges of the planning, design and delivery of the £4 Billion Thames Tideway Tunnel “Super Sewer” project through London as it moves towards the 70% complete mark ahead of becoming fully operational in 2025.There will be plenty of time for interaction, debate and questions.

The session will be structured in two parts: the first focussing on his career path to date, with an opportunity for questions, before moving on to discuss the project and opening up to further Q&A.

Roger Bailey, Chief Technical Officer at Thames Tideway

Roger joined the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in February 2012. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has held board level positions in both contracting businesses and engineering and planning consultancies prior to joining the project.

The first 20 years of his career was in the geotechnical contracting sector (mining, piling and ground engineering) in the UK and overseas followed by over 10 years in transportation consultancy (highways, rail, aviation) for clients such as Crossrail, Network Rail, TfL, Highways Agency and the Department for Transport.  

Roger’s Completion & Handover Team at Tideway is responsible for technical oversight, property and commercial agreements, compliance with planning permission, system commissioning and the operational integration of the completed Thames Tideway Tunnel asset into the existing London sewer network.

Night of Engineering Philosophy with Oxford Engineering Society

Posted on by Will Dubin

On the 17th of February 6:30-8pm GMT we are collaborating with Oxford University Engineering Society for a Night of Engineering Philosophy!

This is a great opportunity to meet likeminded students from another prestigious university and also some laid-back discussions about polarising topics.

Sign-up here


Industry Talk: How to Succeed in the Post-Covid Design Studio -  Hawkins\Brown

Posted on by Will Dubin

Get excited for an Industry talk on Succeeding in the Post-COVID-19 Design Studio from Harbinder Singh Birdi, a Senior Partner at Hawkins\Brown Architects on 3rd February 2021 from 2PM.

He will be describing how architecture and design practices have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by the way in which they collaborate and how they are making use of use of new software and technology to address the challenges faced by the construction industry, from modern methods of construction to achieving Carbon zero targets.

Harbinder will also discuss what skills graduates will need to succeed in practice, as well as the opportunities that exist in the industry both in the UK and internationally.

Be advised, there will be plenty of time for Q&A so come up with some great questions and ask away!

Industry Talk on Bridge Engineering - Arup Director (Alumnus)

Posted on by Will Dubin

Thursday 19th November: 1-2pm GMT

Bridge Engineering

Sammy Yip, who graduated from the department in 2004 and is currently an Associate Director at Arup, will share his experience working as a bridge engineer on long span bridges and long sea-crossings. 

In the presentation, Sammy will share his experience working as a bridge engineer in the UK and Hong Kong.  This will give an overview on the variety of projects a bridge engineer may work on. He will talk about some of the projects he worked on, with particular focus on the challenges in the design of selected projects including the following major bridges across the globe:

  • Queensferry Crossing in Scotland
  • Gerald Desmond Bridge in Los Angeles
  • Temburong Bridge in Brunei
  • Bataan Cavite Interlink Bridge in Philippines

Sammy Yip, Associate Director, Bridges and Civil Structures, Arup

Sammy graduated from Imperial College in 2004. He worked in the UK until 2009 and then he joined Arup in Hong Kong. He has worked on many major bridges, including long span cable-stayed bridges, sea-crossing and viaducts in 13 different countries. As the Manager for the Bridges and Civil Structures Skills Network in East Asia region in Arup, his main role is to facilitate skills development and knowledge management.

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