"Working with AWP made the daunting job of achieving change of use much easier and calmer. They have a very professional approach and offer a good medium between the result we wanted to see and the relationship with the planning authority. I would highly recommend and will be seeking their services on the next phase of development."

Ben JordanOwnerThe Bear Trail www.thebeartrail.co.uk

Ben Fenton

Graduate Engineer

Before I went to University, I spent many long hours at the supermarket checkouts saving to travel through Nepal and India.  I then went on to work three summers at a Salvation Army summer camp in Colorado, spending my pay on cross-country buses and deep-dish pizza.

I come from the New Forest but spent most holidays growing up in North Cornwall.  This might have influenced my decision to keep to the coast and do my Masters degree in Exeter.  Not knowing what I wanted to study at the start of my degree beyond 'General Engineering' I later chose to specialise in Civils.  Much of my work was focussed on water and water management, with my fourth-year project on the potential environmental effects of pharmaceutical contaminants released from a surcharged drainage system.  I stuck around Exeter after I finished my degree and now I work at AWP.

I am currently working in a detailed design team, mostly on schemes for the Duchy of Cornwall in Poundbury and Nansledan.  Before that I spent six months in the Transport Planning team, producing Transport Assessments, Technical Reports, GIS Accessibility Plans, and traffic analyses.  A highlight was helping to produce reports for rural battery storage sites, an interesting and important component of improving the resilience of the UK's energy network going forward.  Since joining detailed design on graduate rotation, it's been rewarding to realise that what I draw and design will eventually look the way it does thanks to the work we do.  Through AWP, I am also pursuing chartership.

Qualifications

MEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering