New faces in our growing London team
Over the last few months, our London presence has been further strengthened by the appointment of Andrew Ruck as Technical Director, Martin Battle as Associate and the promotion of Hannah Rathbone to Associate. The team, led by Directors Gareth Atkinson and Rob Westcott, is now over 30 strong. There has been steady growth in team numbers over the last year in response to the increasing size, profile and scope of the structural, civil and transport engineering projects the practice is working on.
The practice covers work across many sectors including large mixed use schemes, conservation and historic building alterations, film studios, hotels & student accommodation, schools and complex inner city commercial projects. Current projects include work on the regeneration of the Gascoigne Estate in Barking, the Better Queensway project in Southend, a new public realm scheme at Charterhouse school, masterplans for Lea Bridge, Catford and Stratford Town centres. Refurbishments projects include the Imax Theatre for the Science Museum and multiple sites for longstanding clients the Cadogan Estate and National Trust.
Martin Battle joined the Practice from WSP to strengthen our Urban Infrastructure team. Hannah has been promoted after excelling within the Practice for four years, when she joined from Atkins as a Senior Engineer. Andrew Ruck joined the practice in March 2020. Previously he was a Director at AKTII, where he was responsible for leading the team on Bloomberg’s New European Headquarters. Previous to that he worked with Gareth and Rob at Alan Baxters & Associates. Andrew is working to support the Directors and studio team on the larger, complex projects. He commented, “I’m really pleased to be a part of the team at Civic Engineers. I joined just before lockdown and having to get to know my colleagues remotely, I have been incredibly impressed by the friendly, supportive, collaborative culture within the Practice and believe it is a real differentiating factor that has been a strength throughout the lockdown period. In terms of our projects, the focus of these is very much about ensuring the buildings and places we are designing are sustainable and climate resilient from an engineering point of view. These are areas that are at the heart of Civic Engineers approach and we have real expertise in delivering.”
Rob Westcott, Director of the London Studio said, “It is great to welcome Martin and Andrew to the team and to also announce Hannah’s promotion. Our London team has been growing steadily and we are really pleased with the fantastic people and skills we are able to attract now. Our 30 strong team are delivering larger and more challenging schemes than ever, that use the breadth of our civil, structural and transport engineering skills.
Not long ago we launched our Climate Charter which talked about how we have always actively pursued a sustainable design agenda and how we believe that re-use of buildings wherever possible, is right. Given the situation we face with the pandemic and the focus on ‘Build Back Better’, now more than ever before, we have a real opportunity to rethink our towns and cities and how we move around them, to make them healthier, greener, more climate resilient places. We’re keen and ready to play our part in ensuring this happens.”