16 March, 2017
Tom joined CampbellReith in June 2014 after graduating from the University of West London with a First Class Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with honours. Since joining the company he has worked on a variety of projects, including the Cape Sierra Hotel in Freetown, with which he has been shortlisted for the British Expertise International Young Consultant of the Year award in 2017.
The Cape Sierra Hotel is a large multi-storey concrete frame structure for a new Hilton hotel in Freetown. This has been the largest project Tom has worked on for which he has designed a variety of concrete elements from slabs, columns, beams, shear walls, retaining walls and a number of other structures. He has also been involved in the development and approval process attending meetings and helping to find solutions, and has been on site monitoring the progress of the construction.
- What was your reaction after being short listed for the British expertise award?
Great! I did not have great expectations as I did not know who I was competing against… But I felt very excited, it is nice to be recognised.
- Why did you choose engineering as a career?
As a teenager I was given a New Civil Engineer magazine which had a piece on oil rigs and begun my fascination with structures.
- What skills have been essential to begin your career as an engineer?
Having a good base understanding of engineering principles and a head for problem solving are essential for any engineer. I always make sure that I learn something new every day and try to progress as much as I can and help other do so too.
- What would you say to a graduate engineer considering joining CampbellReith?
CampbellReith is a great place to work with a fantastic variety of projects and a huge number of helpful and friendly staff. The skills and experience I have gained at CampbellReith exceeds my role and has given me a great insight into not only structural engineering, but into geotechnical, transport and environmental engineering as well as the industry as a whole.
- How did you find out about CampbellReith before joining?
After being referred by a family member I was given a phone interview with Mike Allen. I then came to CampbellReith for a month long placement between my second and third years at university. I saw this placement as effectively a month long interview and luckily I was offered a job for when I finished university!
- What is the biggest challenge you have faced during your experience in CampbellReith?
The biggest challenge so far has been coordinating the design of the Cape Sierra Hotel with other consultants and architects whilst ensuring that the design meets the strict Brand Standards set out by Hilton.
- How was your experience visiting the site in Freetown?
It was short, as I only spent two and a half days there, but it was quite exciting to be the first junior engineer from CampbellReith visiting such a special site.