Location, Location, Location …!
Many thanks to Neesha Gopal, Manor 1983–1985, Regional Director Façade Engineering (UK and Europe) at Meinhardt UK (www.meinhardt.co.uk) for hosting Lancing’s Property Network meeting. Neesha came to Lancing in the Sixth Form from Farlington School and knew from an early stage that she wanted to be an architect. Once qualified and having worked as an architect for some years, Neesha decided to take her career one step further and joined Whitbybird Engineers as a façade consultant in 2003 and has found the career fascinating. Neesha also undertook a MSc in Façade Engineering at University of Bath, completing in 2015. Sadly the course is closing at Bath, but will be relocating to the University of the West of England later this year.
Meinhardt is a major Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Consultancy. It is an international firm of over 4,000 consulting engineers, planners and managers with an impressive track record of designing some of the world’s most notable buildings.
Formed in Australia in 1955 by Bill Meinhardt, the Meinhardt Group has over 40 offices worldwide and Meinhardt UK have just been appointed structural engineers on the £1bn Greenwich Peninsula Place Scheme. The occasion has resulted in Neesha and a couple of her colleagues offering to come and talk to Lancing pupils about a careers in different engineering disciplines including Façade, Structural and Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, which the College is delighted to accept.
It was great to see a wide selection of OLs from the property industry together and connecting in different ways. The next business network meeting will be on Thursday 4 May for the Insurance group at Ernst & Young offices by London Bridge. The event will be kindly hosted by Ian Meadows, Second’s 1987–1992.