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Franklin Neathercoat

Senior Civil Engineer

The bigger and weirder the problem, the more interested I am!

I am fortunate to have known that I wanted to pursue a career in engineering from a very young age. I had an obsession with damming up the stream in my parents garden every winter to see how much of the garden I could flood, which apparently is a tragic symptom of a future in civil engineering.

I was always keen to pursue a career that would allow me to make a positive impact on society and the environment. My BEng dissertation was an investigation into using “HEC-RAS for Flow Analysis and Water Resource Management on the River Tigris” which opened my eyes to some of the challenges people face around the world and really fuelled my determination to pursue engineering.

I graduated from Cardiff University in 2017 and spent the next three years working for two small consultancies in the South West. I was surrounded by some fantastic mentors who taught me the skills and knowledge I rely on today. During this time I worked with some of the largest UK Housebuilders as lead engineer helping acquire, project manage and deliver residential and highway schemes across the South of England.

In 2020, I joined CampbellReith during the bizarre era of Covid. However despite the challenges, I received a friendly welcome and quickly became part of the team. My experience in residential, highway and drainage design means my responsibilities can vary from scheme to scheme in delivery of the civils element. I strongly believe in a pro-active approach from the first conceptual sketch with the aim of addressing local authority requirements and minimising additional costs and delays at the later technical stages.

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I have been fortunate to work on some interesting schemes so far in my career, the highlights include: Tiverton Eastern Expansion, Rochester Airport and the Cotswold Designer Outlet and Garden Centre highway improvements.

Outside of engineering

I take work life balance seriously, and outside of work I try and spend as much time outdoors as possible. I spend time in Devon, Wales and Scotland whitewater kayaking, cycling and rock climbing, and as a keen photographer my camera follows me everywhere.