Double success for Hawkins\Brown at Teambuild 2017\

On the 17, 18 and 19 November, Hawkins\Brown graduates took part in this year’s Teambuild competition. The team were challenged to plan, design and present hypothetical proposals based around the McEwan Hall Refurbishment and the Bristo Square and Potterow Development in Edinburgh.

Teambuild allows recent graduates to take part in a cross-disciplinary construction industry competition. Using a real site scenario, the teams tackle all stages from design development to construction and then bidding for future work.

Three of our graduates took part in the competition this year, with all making it through to the finals weekend. This was an intense and incredibly valuable training experience for all involved.

One team, led by Siobhan O’Boyle, and comprised of members from Skelly & Couch, Sweco, Hoare Lea, Reiach and Hall Architects and Gardiner & Theobold LLP took home The Procurement Strategy Prize, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. A second team led by Hugh Counsell, and comprised of members from Skelly & Couch, Expedition, Grimshaw Architects, Atkins and Arup made it to the final, where they were asked to bid for another job for the University, but were just pipped to the main prize.

An individual prize for Leadership was awarded this year by the LCCI Commercial Education Trust (a supporter of Teambuild for five years). Our own graduate Hugh Counsell received this prize for his work over the weekend.

We encourage all graduates who are interested in the competition to come forward for consideration.

We would like to thank Teambuild UK for organising the event. It was a great opportunity to get to know our peers better and learn some new skills.

We would also like to thank Ewan Graham, for mentoring the team through the process.

“The weekend delivered far more for the contestants than we had expected. It was an enlightening chance to work with different specialisations within the industry, in a high pressure but friendly environment, without some of the realities associated with practice.”

Hugh Counsell Architectural Assistant Part II

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