Ramboll Edible Roof Garden

The Edible Terrace is a project to turn the unused roof space on the third floor of the London office into an attractive food-growing garden. Our plan is to fill the vacant terrace perimeter with growing containers made from recycled items, sourcing as much as we can from items being thrown away within the office and the surrounding area.

We have made a start by collecting wooden cable reels, large tin cans and old buckets to use as planters. A mix of salads, herbs, vegetables and edible flowers have already started to spring up inside the two greenhouses that have been constructed from pallets and re-used plastic sheeting.

The next step is to form a garden club offering employees the chance to get involved with maintaining the space and to learn about urban gardening. The idea of the garden is to be self-sustaining with some produce being sold to employees to pay for its up keep in terms of seeds and soil.  Through this we hope to transform the current concrete canvas into an inspiring green space, which can be enjoyed by all.

The Edible Terrace has been a success in adding life and colour to the office roof space, whilst receiving runner-up in the competition ‘Bee-friendly Urban Gardens!’ 

Natalie Mady is a Graduate Structural Engineer in the London office.

She is working on the design of concrete elements for a hospital in Northumbria, and is part of the London Premises panel that has been launced to improve working environments and facilities in the office.

Zizin Carpentry Workshop – Romania

Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights refers to the right of all human beings to adequate shelter. As engineers in the construction sector, our expertise is uniquely valuable for addressing this global human need, and it is in recognition of this that Ramboll financially supports employees  to donate their skills to charity construction projects around the world.
I’m one such lucky employee,  and in the next year I, along with my fellow grad Ana Nicusan, will be designing and constructing a carpentry work facility for the Romanian village of Zizin, providing jobs for the Roma community and supporting the work of the charity FAST (Foundation for Social Assistance and Youth).

The Roma (Romany gypsy) population in Romania has suffered from racial discrimination for centuries and many Roma still suffer from extreme poverty, living in makeshift settlements on the outskirts of existing towns. FAST, the charity we’re working with, have already made a huge difference to the lives of Roma people through their music, education and housebuilding schemes. The carpentry workshop is their latest initiative, with the mission of providing employment, helping the Roma to reach self-sufficiency.

We kicked off the project in September 2012 with a two week visit to the village, to survey the site and discuss designs with the charity. During the days we played manual labourers on some of FAST’s other projects, which was a wonderful opportunity to get our hands dirty and comprehend the reality of building the ideas we dream up in the office. Working in the village was hilarious and we made great friends with the children despite the language barrier – it’s amazing how far pointing, gurning, and Beyoncé songs will get you. I also discovered that I will probably never successfully wield a pickaxe.

Now back in London, we’re getting stuck into what we’re actually good at – the structural design. Ana has been absolutely amazing, researching Romanian vernacular timber frame designs and translating obscure seismic codes. At this early stage, we’re producing some simple computer analysis models to test out a few frame options before we discuss further with the charity and settle on a design.

It’s a fascinating process as the design concerns are so different to our normal work; simplicity/repetition of connections and limitation of available materials are the primary drivers to our design. We both work on small parts of very large schemes in our normal working lives (Ana on Fitzroy place, a commercial new build, and I on the extension of Tate Modern) so it’s amazing to get our teeth into every aspect of the project. The greatest part is having a close relationship with our client (FAST), and knowing how well-loved by the community our creation will be.

If you’d like to see how the project goes, please follow us on workshopzizin.tumblr.com, and you can find out more about FAST’s excellent work at http://www.fastcharity.ro.

 

Martha Dallyn is a Graduate Structural engineer in the London office. She is currently working on the RC detailing for the extension of Tate Modern.

The Development Team

In recent months the Graduate Task Group has formed a development team to attempt to provide graduates with the opportunities to work on development projects. It is hoped that these opportunities will enable graduates to become exposed to aspects of projects that they would not normally be involved in at such an early level of their career. The graduates would be the project managers for Ramboll on the project, with the ability to gain advice from directors when they needed to.

Ramboll provides the work for the charities pro-bono, therefore supplying funds for the graduates to spend a few hours during the working week on these projects. Ramboll would also provide funding for the graduates to go to site during the construction phase to act as a resistant engineer for a few weeks.

The Blessed Vale School project was the first to get supported and is the design of a secondary school in an impoverished area in Lusaka, Zambia.

A second project, in partnership with Action Aid, will see the construction of 25 flood resistant home in Bangladesh. Ramboll are providing the engineering support and also funds for the construction of this project.

Further ties have been achieved by Raisa Lalui being nominated onto the Charity Task Panel to help us increase our influence and knowledge in this area.

 

Tom Bignell is a Graduate Structural engineer in the London office, currently working on Rathbone Market Phase 2.

 

 

 

 

Raisa Lalui is a Graduate Structural engineer in the London office, currently working on the extension of the Tate Modern.

Welcome

Welcome to the new graduate blog!

This is where we share what life is like as a Ramboll graduate in the UK.

We have graduates in all our offices nationwide, working in every service discipline that we offer.

From project work to charity initiatives; from the training scheme to an active social scene, there are rich and diverse stories to tell.

We hope you find this blog interesting and we would love to hear from you.