International Women’s Day 2018: Press for Progress

Cathy Lee, BSc MSc CEnv FGS MIEnvSC

The colour Purple has historically been used to represent women’s right to equality and liberation and is the colour associated with 2018 International Women’s Day campaign #PressforProgress

In fact, green, purple and white were the colours of the Women’s Social and Political Union.  This was the leading organisation of Britain’s suffrage movement in the early 1900’s under the leadership of the famous Emmeline Pankhurst.  Green and purple also happen to be the company colours of GB Card & Partners.  A tenuous link, I know!  However, it makes me feel that we are in some way able to fly the flag for their cause which continues today, some 115 years later.

The ICE campaign for Women in Engineering, the Women’s Engineering Society and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) amongst others, have helped to bring recognition to the role women play and the value they can add in this particularly male dominated industry.

We are very lucky here at GB Card & Partners to go one step further, not only as women in engineering but as women engineers.  Although we are a small company, GB Card & Partners is over 40% female.  But not only that, our female engineers/scientists span all levels from junior to Director, something that is less common in our industry.

I am proud to work alongside some of the most intelligent, competent and strong women across our industry who are engineering complex technical solutions, engineering our Clients visions and engineering the environment.

These female engineers are proving that their skills should be taken at face value rather than filling a diversity or gender balance target.  Instead, they are forces to be reckoned with, with an innate practicality, work ethic and the ability to innovate.

However, our ultimate goal as women is to engineer the path for future generations so that, one day, campaigns such as this one will not be needed.  This is the future I look to for my own daughters.


Shortlisted: Consultant of the Year

GB Card & Partners had another reason to celebrate last week after being shortlisted for Consultant of the Year at a client awards luncheon.

Weston Homes held an afternoon of celebration for around 300 guests, a number of whom were mutual clients. Director, Cathy Lee, was approached earlier in the year to peer review a report and undertake a risk assessment on vapour from soil and groundwater for a site in Buckinghamshire.  The independent assessment was undertaken on a prioritised basis and helped inform future refurbishment of the site.  However, congratulations go to Meinhardt, who accepted the award as winner of the category.

This was one of a number of gas and vapour risk assessments undertaken by Cathy and colleagues Ian and Laura during 2017, on behalf of structural engineers, developers and local authorities. For more information, please contact Cathy

2017: Year in Review

As we are now well into 2018, I thought I would take a brief look back at the past year before sharing a few plans for 2018.  Having spent a number of years in Surbiton, Spring 2017 saw the closure of our Surbiton office as it no longer met our business needs.  Some aspects of our business are now managed from our office in Exeter, whilst Addlestone provides us with another working space in anticipation of our re-establishing a permanent presence in central London.  More on that shortly.

Over the course of the last 12 months, we have continued to help bring a number of brownfield sites back into life, assessing and demonstrating development potential on a number of closed landfills and seeing these through to construction.  We also maintain a strong presence in central London by assisting on several large mixed use schemes, looking at temporary and permanent works for deep basements, deep foundations and bringing former industrial sites back into use through detailed risk assessment and remedial design.

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