Laing O'Rourke

“My dream was to be able to work on a skyline-defining project. To be able to say “I did that”! Even now when I’m coming into London on a train, I sometimes switch sides so that I can see the Gherkin or the London Eye or the Houses of Parliament! We went on a family holiday to New Zealand when I was little, and we went up the SkyTower in Auckland. I wanted to understand why my sister and I didn’t crack the glass when we jumped on the glass floor panels.

I had an amazing engineering design lecturer at uni. I thought I would go into multi-storey building design. It combined my interest in art with my fascination for engineering. But then I entered a competition sponsored by LOR – TargetJobs Undergraduate of the Year 2013 – and I won. I visited the Crick as part of that assessment process. I only applied to work at LOR after that. It was the only place I wanted to be.

Building cities is glamorous. I love the cool factor of modern architecture. I want to be involved.

Since being at Laing O’Rourke, I’ve had an amazing time.  I’ve worked on two of the biggest projects in the UK – first, the Northern Line Extension at Kennington and Nine Elms; and now, I’m a Section Engineer at Heathrow Airport.”