Ben Howlett MP Visits our Bath HQ
Ben Howlett, MP for Bath recently paid a visit to our Bath headquarters.
He was shown the inside workings of this busy office by Neil Squibbs, UK Managing Director and Nick Nelson, Bath Director. This included a virtual reality demonstration, allowing Ben to interact and explore a building project concept in a fully immersive visualisation.
“It is heartening to see a Bath based company at the very cutting edge of global engineering, with satellite offices around the world, from Mumbai to New York.
During my visit, I was treated to a fully immersive VR tour of a project that BuroHappold is donating their time to make happen – a Doctors of the World disaster relief pop-up shelter for GP services, which I’m sure will be invaluable in times of extreme crisis.
I was also impressed with the very positive and proactive stance taken by the company on diversity in the workplace, an issue that I myself am passionate about.”
Ben Howlett, Member of Parliament for Bath
BuroHappold has been providing engineering consultancy, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of buildings, infrastructure and the environment to more than 90% of the world’s leading architectural practices. BuroHappold employs over 1,800 people worldwide, and is one of the largest employers in Bath.
“We covered a wide range of issues in a fast moving discussion during his visit. Ben was very interested in the sheer scope of the work we do as a leading architectural engineering practice, on local, national and international levels.
He was able to give us valuable insights into the issues affecting our business around transport and international staff movement which can help us in our quest to continue to attract the best in global engineering talent.
Interestingly one of the closest synergies between us was a shared focus on diversity, and local engagement with schools and the wider community to introduce the next generation to STEM subjects.”
Nick Nelson, Bath Director, BuroHappold Engineering
Just a few high profile examples of BuroHappold’s work include the Millennium Dome and its later redevelopment into the O2 Arena, the Great Court roof of the British Museum, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, the High Line Park, New York, and, closer to home work on the Bath Abbey renovation and the Bath Quays Waterside scheme.