Insite, a team of five from BDP’s London studio alongside a project manager from Mace, has won the annual Teambuild competition for young professionals working in the construction industry. This is the fourth time a team from BDP has won the competition.
Over the weekend they competed against seven other groups with representatives from 23 companies in an intensive 48-hour simulation of a real world construction scenario, from design and development right through to construction. This year focused on the refurbishment of Edinburgh’s Grade A listed McEwan hall and the adjacent Bristo Square and Potterow redevelopment, with teams given just hours to react to a brief at each design stage before proposals were presented to a panel of judges.
The team was commended by the judges for “their professionalism, enthusiasm and team working skills,” and drew on interdisciplinary design experience to rise to the various challenges. Showcasing their strengths in design, coordination, and presentation skills, the team members showed a great capability to present ideas clearly when put under pressure.
Team leader Aidan Kelly said “Despite the hectic programme the weekend flew by and we are absolutely over the moon about the result. It was a privilege to have had such a great professional and social experience, and we have our fellow competitors and organisers to thank for that.” Matthew Trueman added, "Thrilled to have won the construction version of The Apprentice...What a roller coaster of a weekend."
Structural engineer Matthew Trueman, project manager James Mangat (Mace), architect Robyn Poulson, civil engineer Lilly Sanderson, mechanical engineer Aidan Kelly and project manager Georgia Blood