Blog - October 2019 Update

Empowering Women and Inspiring the Next Generation!

Stuart Michael Associates has been working alongside the Education Business Partnership, to encourage young girls to think about careers in High Tech. The programme, which runs in a number of Secondary Schools throughout the UK, invites companies to run a session about their jobs, to help inspire the next generation.

During these sessions at Little Heath School and Denefield School, students were given 30 minutes to create their own town. With a variety of criteria and challenges to consider (including impacts on flood plains, AONB’s and SSSI’s), the pupils worked well together in groups to come up with some ideas of what was needed for their virtual towns.

The second task required the girls to build the tallest giraffe from paper straws and masking tape. With only 20 minutes, the students had to think quickly about the structural design of their giraffe; how was the head to be supported? How will long legs be kept sturdy? These challenges are faced every day by employees at Stuart Michael Associates.

Both exercises built upon teamwork, managing time, leadership skills and working with new people. Feedback from the session was great:

‘with everything we did it showed us how to work in a team loads team effort and resilience and combining ideas can make something good.’

‘I want to do a job in engineering.’

Overall this was an extremely positive experience for both the students and Stuart Michael Associates. Hopefully we’ll see some of the girls in our office in the future!

Ryde site well under way!

Stuart Michael Associates are very pleased to see that construction of the residential site off Hope Road, Ryde is well under way, with show homes to be completed soon. The site has planning consent for 80 dwellings, which will be a mix of house types. SMA has assisted the Client Captiva Homes with the detailed civils design and continue to advise on other sites.

We look forward to seeing further updates on site over the coming months.

How our expertise
can help you

At SMA, we have extensive experience in providing transportation, environmental, infrastructure and civils design services to a range of Clients.

Our experienced and qualified staff bring commercial awareness and a proactive approach to all commissions, which range from small scale sites to large urban extensions, strategic development and multi-million pound projects.

Whether you require an initial high-level appraisal, completion of technical reports to accompany a Planning Application or detailed design post consent, SMA have the capabilities to do it all.

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