There are still so few women in engineering roles so can early intervention encourage women into the field? At the moment approximately only 13% of the overall STEM workforce, and only 4% of engineering apprentices in the UK are female. This year for International women’s day we thought we would take a look at women in engineering and what the future holds in trying to progress gender parity in STEM.
At the moment an under representation in STEM degree courses along with a lack of exposure to these subjects has had a serious impact on the amount of young girls deciding on engineering as a possible career choice. Many believe that the best way to ensure equal participation of female and male students in engineering degrees is to promote career discovery programs for young female students, that allow them to explore their potential, curiosity and passion for innovation. Creating school workshops aimed at exploring technology in technology in an interactive and insightful way, such as building design, robotics or coding, would give girls the practical knowledge and understanding of the impact that they can have being part of innovative projects.
There has already been a move towards this area with the rise of engineering toys aimed at young girls such as Roominate an award-winning and customisable line of wired building systems, which is designed to teach mechanical and electrical engineering concepts.
Also the rise of high profile female role models in this area, both real and fictional, has the potential to encourage future generations of girls into STEM subjects. Previously individuals such as Richard Branson and Eton Musk showed these careers as predominantly male, now however modern female role models in STEM subjects seem to be on the rise. Films such as ‘Hidden Figures’ which tells the story of Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, three black women from the “computer pool” at Nasa who helped provide the data for the first successful space missions, have shed light on important female STEM subject leaders who have previously been under represented.
However once a female engineer enters the workforce they face other obstacles, Construction News reports that one in five construction companies have never promoted a women to a senior position and nearly half of female workers have experienced gender discrimination. Inequality of opportunity to progress and poor behaviour towards women remains an important issue in a male dominated industry. In order to address this many major companies have started to implement plans to address the situation, such as Willmott Dixon who have announced that it aims to reach gender parity by 2030. But we must all play a part in attracting and maintaining a more gender-balanced workforce, especially when you consider the skill shortage that the industry faces.
Engineering is one of the most diverse areas to work in, as engineers find new ways of doing things and developing creative solutions to modern problems, ultimately creating a better lifestyle for us all. When girls don’t think they are welcome in a subject such as engineering, it means that some of the most talented individuals are lost to this employment sector.
We are advising our clients and contacts to review current and potential projects and where possible register these now before the BREEAM 2014 scheme closes. It is our experience that previous updates have resulted in more stringent requirements across the board. The uplifted cost associated with minimising energy and water consumption, reducing site waste and improving the ecological value of a development can be significant.
7th March 2018
BREEAM UK New Construction 2018 available for registration. Be among the first to achieve the new standard in Sustainability
23rd March 2018
BREEAM New Construction 2014 closes for registration. Act now to ensure certification under the current scheme
Hannan Associates are qualified to carry out BREEAM assessments and have been responsible for the certification of numerous BREEAM Excellent schemes. We are registered Low Carbon Energy Assessors under the CIBSE qualification scheme. For further information about BREEAM and sustainable design, you can download our BREEAM Brochure below and please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Dalley:
0161 337 2200
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Hannan Associates are very pleased to be part of the next stage of Stockport Council’s Stockport Exchange development.
Our clients Muse Developments and Stockport Council have submitted a planning application for Phase 3 of the development, which includes 2 Stockport Exchange,a new six-storey Grade A office building in the heart of Stockport’s new central business district.
The building will incorporate environmentally friendly design features such as a green roof, photovoltaic panels, LED lighting and ultra-low water consuming fittings. Passive features including the use of natural daylight and enhanced building envelope minimise the building’s energy consumption and carbon emissions.
The new office will be developed next door to the recently completed One Stockport Exchange office, and is part of a masterplan that will deliver up to 375,000 sq ft of office space and 28,000 sq ft of commercial floor space. One Stockport Exchange was built by Eric Wright Group and is now fully let. The £145 million development of Stockport Exchange is a key part of the £1 billion investment programme taking place across Stockport at present building on the town’s great strengths to make it an even better place to live, work and visit.
We are pleased to be part of Muse Development’s team, who were selected as Stockport’s development partner. We join Aedas Architects, RPS Group, Gillespies and Curtins Consulting on the design team.
All the buildings have been designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating using the latest sustainability standards.
We would like to wish our client Squire Patton Boggs happiness in their new office at No.1 Spinningfields, located in Manchester City Centre, which was constructed by BAM. We joined Gardiner and Theobald, Overbury and Sheppard Robson on the project which is now complete.
Hannan Associates provided fit out works for the 27,500 sq ft of workspace, comprising of a reception, open plan and cellular offices, support areas, full catering kitchen, conference facility and server room.
Our duties included:
- Due diligence review of the landlords design and specification
- Assisting the client with the development of the fit out brief and specification
- Liaison with the base build construction team
- Stage 4 Design with 3D coordination of fit out package
- Tender, review and negotiations
- Construction monitoring
It has been a pleasure to be part of this team and we look forward to working together again soon.
It was the Insider North West Residential Property Awards last night at EventCityUK, celebrating the best and brightest of the regions residential property sector.
Congratulations to all the winners and those shortlisted on the night. Hopefully not too many sore heads this morning!
We are especially delighted that one of our projects,Timekeepers Square won Small Housing Development of the Year and the project architect Buttress won Architect of the Year.
We would also like to wish our client English Cities Fund a big congratulations for winning Public/Private Partnership of the Year.
Timekeepers Square is a residential development comprising six terraces of 36 two, three and four bed townhouses, which forms part of English Cities Fund’s ongoing Chapel Street redevelopment in Salford.The scheme has also been named a Regional Finalist at this year’s Civic Trust Awards.
English Cities Fund (ECf) is a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and the Homes & Communities Agency.
Main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland have begun enabling works on the site of 2 New Bailey Square, marking the beginning of construction for the latest part of English Cities Fund’s Salford Central regeneration scheme.
The 270,000 sq ft development will have 190,000 sq ft net space to let, and will consist of 10 floors each with its own outdoor terrace, topped by a green roof and winter garden. There will be parking for 48 cars, storage for 100 cycles, and street level facilities including showers for cyclists and a commercial space.
We are providing MEP and BREEAM services to the new office development after having previously worked on the Slate Yard PRS apartment scheme, NCP multi-storey car park, and Premier Inn Hotel parts of the masterplan.
We are joined on the project team for 2 New Bailey Square by architects AHMM, cost consultants Capita, and structural engineers Integra Consulting. JLL and Cushman & Wakefield are the joint agents on the scheme.
The client behind 2 New Bailey ‘English Cities Fund’ is a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and Homes & Communities Agency.