Graduate and Student Conference: Leeds Station Southern Entrance, Leeds

19 May, 2016 | 09:00 - 17:00

Leeds station new southern entrance.
Leeds station new southern entrance.

About this event

Situated over the River Aire on the south side of Leeds station, the iconic £20m entrance includes a new concourse, escalators, stairs and lifts to improve accessibility and new cycle storage for easier, connected journeys from door to door. 20,000 people a day use the new entrance which now links the station to the new South Bank Urban Village Community, providing a catalyst for further economic growth, and improving journeys at one of the UK's busiest train stations.

This one-day conference will deliver an insight into the elements of the project from design and construction and contract to completion, and how these tie-in with the ICE attributes for membership.

Why should I attend?

  • 6.5 hours of targeted continuing professional development
  • A mixture of technical presentations, interactive workshops and a point of view session
  • Gain insight into a significant engineering project in the region

Speakers include

  • Andrew Green, Project Manager at contractor Carillion
  • Chris Mason - Projects Manager, West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)
  • Jon Svikis - Project Manager, Mott MacDonald
  • Penny Gilg, at client Network Rail
  • Alex McDermott - Managing Director, Nationwide Rail
  • Matt Beaumont - Lead Project Architect, AHR
  • Peter Nesbit - Partner, Eversheds

This exciting conference will feature presentations by leading professionals and academics, to provide targeted CPD to help all attendees satisfy specific elements of ICE initial professional development.

An ICE Membership Development Officer will also be on hand to answer any qualification or membership questions you may have.


Please note: Online booking for this event has now closed.

£20 (inc VAT) for Students (please select "concessionary" as the delegate type when booking)
£60 (inc VAT) for ICE members
£75 (inc VAT) for non-members

Kindly sponsored by Mott MacDonald and Nationwide Rail.

Mott MacDonald
Nationwide Rail


Matt Beaumont BA(Hons) DiplArch RIBA ARB

Matt Beaumont

Matt is presently Project Architect for the soon to be completed TfGM Bolton Interchange and has recently completed AHR's schemes for both Altrincham Interchange and Leeds Station Southern Entrance.

He is an accomplished senior Project Architect adept with dealing with the many facets of the design process. He is equally at home liaising with town planning officers and elected members as he is negotiating resolutions with building contractors and multidisciplinary teams. Matt's sound pragmatic approach to creating exemplar spaces and volumes informs his uncomplicated architectural style adding simplicity and elegance to the AHR approach.

As Lead Architect on Leeds Station Southern Entrance, Matt's knowledge and expertise in dealing with Network Rail has proven invaluable.

Matt joined AHR in June 2012 with a proven track record in transport architecture. Since this time he has further developed his skills and experience acting as Lead Architect on a number of key projects across a range of sectors.

Penny Gilg

Penny Gilg

Penny graduated from Cardiff University with a first class Master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She then studied a Project and Programme Management Masters at Warwick University's Warwick Manufacturing Group, which was sponsored by Network Rail. She has worked in Project Management ever since on large multi-million pound multidisciplinary projects such as the Hitchin Grade Separated Junction and York Rail Operating Centre and Training Facility.

She undertook the role as Scheme Project Manager of the Leeds Station Southern Entrance project through detailed design and construction and successfully saw the opening of the new entrance in January 2016. For her subsequent paper on the scheme she was awarded the ICE's Yorkshire and Humber Emerging Engineers award. She is currently completing a design secondment at TSP in York working in the Bridges team.

Penny is a graduate member of the ICE's Transport Expert Panel.

Andy Green CEng MICE

Andy Green

Andy Green is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the ICE. He graduated from City University in 1980 and has some 36 years' experience, mainly in the UK, but with a recent two year spell in Australia, working on bridges, highways and rail infrastructure projects.

Andy is currently working for Carillion Rail as the Framework Design Manager for the Network Rail CP5 IPEM Rail Systems Panel (Lot 9) Framework and led the design management of Leeds Station Southern Entrance from November 2013 through to completion of construction in December 2015. His previous experience with Pell Frischmann, as a Project Director and Project Manager, also included working on the inspection, assessment, and design of the repair and strengthening works for the historic Forth and Tay Rail Bridges.

Chris Mason

Chris Mason

Chris Mason leads West Yorkshire Combined Authority's team of major infrastructure project managers, driving the delivery of major bus and rail infrastructure projects across the county. He is a chartered engineer with a wide range of experience in light rail, heavy rail and bus infrastructure from a variety of engineering and project management roles in the public and private sector.

Chris' experience covers rolling stock technical and maintenance production management with British Rail and planning, specification and design expertise on worldwide transit system projects from light rail to TGV with Alstom Transport.

Light rail infrastructure design as Technical Manager for Leeds Supertram, Design Coordination Manager for TfL on West London Tram and Engineering Manager for the Edinburgh Tram system design consultant. He gets particular satisfaction from making transport projects happen that benefit communities, businesses, and the economy.

Alex McDermott CEng CEnv MICE

Alex McDermott

Alex, a Chartered Civil Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, is Managing Director of Nationwide Rail. Nationwide Rail is an award-winning multidisciplinary design and build organisation and are proud to self-deliver the majority of their projects. Their knowledge and understanding of delivery techniques allows them to develop design alternatives focusing on value engineering, risk reduction and best practice.

Alex provided professional services to Network Rail for the construction of the Leeds Station Southern Entrance project acting as Project Engineer - Civils.

Peter Nesbit

Peter Nesbitt

Peter is a Partner and advocate in the planning team and undertakes a wide variety of planning, highways and CPO work. Peter is highly ranked in Chambers and Partners and his team in Leeds is noted as being a "high-calibre planning department with a strong regional presence". His particular areas of expertise are providing strategic advice on energy and natural resources, transport and commercial development projects including major planning applications, appeals and judicial challenges.

Peter also writes a regular column for the national publication "Minerals Planning Magazine", contributes to the activities of Renewable UK and has spoken at events for bodies such as the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Nuclear Industry Association.

Jon Svikis

Jon Svikis

Jon has over 11 years' experience in the design of complex building structures across the educational, commercial and leisure sectors. He specialises in leading engineering design teams on architecturally focused projects.

Following graduation from The University of Sheffield in 2005, Jon joined BuroHappold Structural Engineers. In 2006 he joined Mott MacDonald where he has since been involved in a number of high profile schemes including Wembley National Stadium and Twickenham Rugby Football Union.

Jon was Civil and Structural design team leader for Forge Valley Community School and Bradfield School in Sheffield, which were both presented with awards by the IStructE and ICE in 2012 and 2013. Jon's latest role was Mott MacDonald Design Project Manager on Leeds Station Southern Entrance which was awarded the ICE Centenary Award in 2016.

Jon is a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and an industrial mentor at the University of Sheffield.