Building the next generation of female construction professionals
Amy Leggett-Auld is the winner of the 2016 Association of Women in Property’s (WiP) South East Region Award.
The Association of Women in Property encourages girls and young women to enter the property and construction industries through an extensive education programme that includes its own National Student Awards, now in its tenth year.
Amy, a Part 2 student on City’s BEng Civil Engineering with Architecture programme, won from a field of seven other finalists. Though she was inspired by a television documentary about construction engineering to take up degree studies as a mature student, the design of buildings has been an abiding interest. Amy says the blend of engineering and architecture will help her to achieve her objectives after graduation:
“I decided to take a combined degree because of the mix of technical engineering and architectural design and I hope in future to work in the areas of restoration and repurposing of old buildings or in the residential construction sector. It would be great to assist in the provision of sustainable and community-driven homes and environments.”
Professor of Soil Mechanics and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Professor Sarah Stallebrass, says:
"We are delighted with Amy’s achievement. Her combination of hard work, maturity and creativity has paid off handsomely in winning this important award. We believe she is a very good role model to follow in terms of encouraging women into STEM.”
Amazing opportunities for young women
Amy has qualified for the National final which will be held at Claridge’s in London on 21st September. She will be competing with students from all over the UK for the coveted National Student Award trophy.
Sally Morris-Smith of Shepherd and Wedderburn and Chairman of the South East branch, said:
”Amy has done really well to win one of the Regional awards and we are delighted she will be representing the South East at the national final in September. This is a tough competition with some extremely talented, enthusiastic and professional young women taking part, all of which bodes well for the industry recruitment pipeline.
"But this is very much a pipeline and the industry can’t afford to have any blockages. It is crying out for more young people to come on board. Despite the skills shortage, careers in property and construction are still largely forgotten, particularly for young women, when looking ahead past their GCSEs. We are calling upon schools – and parents – to remember the amazing opportunities offered by this industry, when they are giving careers advice.”
Building restoration is a process in the construction industry where a building of historic value is restored to the appearance of its original quality. Meticulous attention to detail is given to using original building materials in most building restoration. Construction techniques and knowledge of the building's past construction are also used to maintain its value as a part of the local cultural heritage. To make the restoration as authentic as possible, researchers and historians acquainted with the building are consulted by contractors and architects to make sure that the work done genuinely mirrors original design parameters.