"The London study trip was really beneficial to all who attended. A great opportunity to work with colleagues on a design concept task relating to Manual For Streets design, which for many was outside their field of experience. It also provided the opportunity for various arms of the office to work together in teams which were not their day to day teams. Many junior members of the company had the opportunity to find their voice and come up with some great ideas to solve the design problem, which in our industry is a must! After the training the chance to see some of the sights of London, and continue the friendly discussion into the study task, provided the opportunity for much friendly banter. A great trip all round!"
AWP 2017 study weekend - London
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Our 2017 training weekend took us to London where we experienced the (Christmas) lights and hustle and bustle of our capital city. With an ice-skating session at Winter Wonderland, a walking tour of the Christmas lights and a transport engineers dream at Seven Dials & Oxford Circus - Friday night set us up well for our Manual for Streets training on Saturday morning.
Working in groups that encouraged office cross team collaboration, we investigated the pioneering shared space scheme that is 'Exhibition Road' in South Kensington. Considering the use of the street from the point of view of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, we then took this learning to consider how we could implement successful solutions into surrounding roads in London. Our findings were presented to the Design Review Panel (Ian, Rob, Pete & Alex), complete with a trophy presentation at the end (an expense-spared London red bus snow globe!)
The London experience then continued with some museum visits, a trip to Emirates Stadium for some, a West End show for others and a ‘quiet drink’ for the rest. A team lunch on The Strand on Sunday brought the weekend to an excellent end and everyone made it back to Exeter in one piece (if a little tired Monday morning).
Answers on a postcard for next year’s training destination!