Marking International Women’s Day
12 Mar 2021
This week marked International Women’s Day. We’ve got some incredibly talented and inspiring women working on the A303 Stonehenge project from Highways England and our technical partners. We caught up with some of them and asked about their experience of working on the project and in construction generally.
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Kate – Tunnel Mechanical and Electrical Engineer
What excites you about working in construction?
I’ve been working in construction for 30 years and I love building big things – roads, railways, tunnels – I love the scale. This project fascinates me. We’ve got an opportunity to make a real difference to the local community and people all over the country. The tunnel is a real step forward for Highways England. I’m proud to be part of the team making this happen.
Any helpful tips for anyone wanting to work in construction?
Do it, try it, dip your toe in the water. You never know until you try.
Sharon – Risk Manager
What do you do?
I work as part of the Project Support team – making sure we identify and plan for possible risks to the project – these could be financial, technical or time-related. I’ve only just joined the team but really looking forward to the challenge – I’ve worked on the Hinkley Point C marine tunnels before.
How do you feel being a woman in construction?
The dynamics have definitely changed over the past five years. I feel valued and make an equal contribution to the team.
Nina – Project Sponsor
What’s your job?
I liaise between the A303 Stonehenge team and different government departments such as the Department for Transport, and make sure we get the approvals we need at every stage of the project.
What do you enjoy about the project?
It’s interesting how many different parts of the project there are. People tend to focus on the tunnel but there’s such a variety of elements that go into this project, including community engagement, environmental work, archaeology and leaving a positive legacy.
Any career advice?
Don’t be nervous about working in construction with its regulations. Each day is a new challenge and a great and exciting experience.
Bonnie - Assistant Project Manager
What do you do in your role?
I help oversee the project on a day-to-day basis. On a given day I could be doing anything, from working on site, managing contractors, planning and scheduling works or assisting with commercial management. Right now I’m helping get everything ready for the preliminary works starting later this year.
What do you love about working on the project?
I really enjoy scale of the project. We’ve got such a big team of people from different backgrounds all working together. The variation in my work is also amazing – no day is ever the same!
Do you have any helpful tips for anyone wanting to work in construction?
It’s definitely good to have an interest in the work. I love what I do! It’s also great if you want a mix of working in the office and on site, but make sure you are willing to get wet and muddy at times!