Samantha Carlsson

Sustainability Graduate

"Coming to work for a company that is friendly and welcoming while still maintaining strong professionalism provides for a very good working environment."

How did you know you wanted to become an engineer?

Given the challenges facing the world we live in today I wanted to be part of the solution. Whilst there are many ways to go about this, the answer for me was gaining technical knowledge relating to my environmental interests, which led me to a Masters in Sustainable Energy and the Environment. This opened doors for me in the engineering field where I found professionals who are concerned with finding practical and effective solutions. 

What attracted you to join Hoare Lea?

I was impressed with the experience and enthusiasm of Hoare Lea. I did some research and was surprised to see just how many sectors they were involved in. Their projects looked interesting and varied, and recognising some of the developments they were part of was an added bonus. (To this day I can't go to Cabot Circus without telling someone Hoare Lea was involved with its development.)

What projects have you worked on so far?

Most of my projects have been residential builds, largely based in London, developing energy and sustainability strategies. However I have also put together environmental assessment methods and reviewed evidence for retail, office and even rail developments in the UK and Qatar. I’ve also worked on feasibility studies of biomass heat networks for a zoo and a university.

What has been your biggest learning curve?

Understanding how a building really works from a sustainability viewpoint (it’s still a learning process) and how changing different design elements can reduce its energy consumption and CO2 emissions. There are so many aspects to consider when designing a new development, whether it is residential, retail or other, and the importance of communication between all design team members to understand the requirements of the development.

What does a typical day involve?

What’s great about my job is that it is so varied. I can start my day by looking at evidence submitted for an environmental method, such as BREEAM, and within the next hour I could be doing an energy strategy or modelling dwellings to evaluate their carbon emissions reduction and identify measures to improve these.

What’s the best thing about working for Hoare Lea?

Whilst it’s cliché to say the people, it’s true. Coming to work for a company that is friendly and welcoming while still maintaining strong professionalism provides for a very good working environment. The variety in the work, in terms of projects and sectors keeps things interesting.

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