AWP 2017 study weekend - London


Would you Adam n’ Eve it, AWP’s ginger beers take to thefields of wheat in the Big Smoke.

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!