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News: 6 March 2020

International Women's Day - Laura Batty

To celebrate International Women’s Day this Sunday we are profiling some of the amazing women in our office.

Laura Batty is a structural engineer who joined us in 2018 after spending 5 years doing similar work in the United States. She has worked on a wide range of projects including museums, public schools and culturally sensitive historic preservation projects, using modern software and analysis methods to understand historic structures and explore architectural concepts.

Since joining HTS Laura has brought her experience and expertise to our projects, including the refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Hornsey Town Hall and a new four-storey basement at a private residence. Alongside her project work Laura was heavily involved in the HTS+ Group, which enabled her to continue to cultivate her interest in the research, testing and development of complex and innovative structural concepts. At the beginning of the year she was promoted to Senior Technical Research Engineer, the first full-time researcher in the practice. Laura’s new role focuses on developing our HTS+ and best practice projects including research into composite engineered timber, an embodied carbon counter tool and dynamic analysis and response measurement of constructed frames.

Being a female structural engineer can be a challenge - we're in the minority and work hard to prove ourselves, especially on construction sites. I'm fortunate to have some amazing female role models at HTS, and am proud of the encouragement we give each other and the work we're all doing.” 

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