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Sarah Buck

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Dr Sarah Buck

Awards: Lewis Kent Award 2001; Atkins Inspire Award 2007


Dr Buck achieved First Class Honours from University of Exeter in 1971 which was followed by a year of post graduate research in medical engineering in 1974. She became a Chartered Civil Engineer (Member) in 1980 and a Chartered Structural Engineer in 1982 (Member, and Fellow in 1997).

She started her own business as a sole trader 1993, and then co-founded BSW Consulting in 1996 based in Exeter, where she is currently a director, expanding the business over the past 11 years. She has been involved in the design and supervision of a wide range of civil and structural projects over her 30 year career, developing an interest in historic structures and sustainable construction. BSW currently has a sustainability initiative to make their office carbon-neutral.

In 2001, Sarah was presented with the Lewis Kent award -  one of IStructE’s major annual awards presented for personal services to the Institution or profession and, in 2007, she received the Atkins Inspire 'Civil Engineer Outstanding Achiever' award.

Sarah’s recent projects have included the new Children's Hospice near Bristol, a major study and remedial works at Mullion Harbour in Cornwall, a major refurbishment of a listed building and extensions to many schools. Other projects have included schools, flats, offices, leisure centres, hotels, banks, airports, drainage schemes and land fill sites. Whilst most of her work has been based around the UK’s South West, there have also been several overseas projects including Mmabtho Airport in Southern Africa, a new 15km long sewerage scheme for Negril in Jamaica, and roads in Southern Africa.

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