Leap of faith
As a member of the Cascade Joint Venture, COWI is working as a technical partner to Highways England for the project, alongside Arcadis and Jacobs, and it is fair to say Glasgow-based Amy has no regrets about undertaking her secondment with the project team in London.
"It's such an exciting project and I feel so proud to work on it," she enthuses. "The fact that I've stayed for 18 months when I was only supposed to be here for six is testament to the people, the work and the opportunities I've been given. Moving to London and joining LTC was definitely a leap of faith, but it feels like a defining moment in my early career.’’
Moving to London and joining LTC was definitely a leap of faith, but it feels like a defining moment in my early career.
Since the Government announced the preferred route in April 2017, the team has been working to develop the design of the project.
Although it is the smallest member of the Cascade Joint Venture, COWI has had an important role in the initial design work.
"We are leading on the design of the main crossing and portal structures, as well as being involved in other project workstreams," Amy explains.
A civil engineer by training, Amy's role on LTC has been a wide-ranging project management job.
"I'm lucky that my role has been so varied. In the first six months, I focused on improving design integration across the project team. I then led a team responsible for producing a virtual journey through the crossing, which we published earlier this year to help the public understand what the scheme might look like.”
Contributing to society
"My work for COWI and involvement on LTC has encouraged me to recognise the importance of each project phase in shaping the overall solution. As engineers, we have a responsibility within each phase to challenge and influence many different aspects as we work towards the optimal solution.
"For me, one of the best things about being a civil engineer is being in a profession that, through projects like LTC, we can positively contribute to society and enhance quality of life.''
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