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Event Organiser: Railway Civil Engineers’ Association

Innovative Station Footbridges – the AVA footbridge project, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 27 May 2021
  • 17:30 - 19:00
Innovative Station Footbridges – the AVA footbridge project, webinar

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AVA is a consortium of companies including Network Rail, Expedition Engineering, X-Treme Systems, Hawkins\Browns and Walker Construction.

The team will give a talk about the work the consortium been doing towards making UK railway stations more accessible and some of the initiatives being driven to realise this goal including the AVA footbridge project.

The AVA footbridge project, funded by Innovate UK and Network Rail aims to revolutionise the way footbridges are built across the rail network reducing, time, cost and carbon in the process. The project is part of the TIES Living Lab programme.


Anthony Dewar

Anthony Dewar

Network Technical Head Buildings and Architecture (Network Rail)

As Network Technical Head Buildings and Architecture, Anthony is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Network Rail’s built environment covering all elements of design including Architecture and Civil Engineering. He is responsible for Network Rail’s national standards, policies, new technology and international benchmarking for all Network Rail’s built environment assets.

He has led on elevating the importance of design within rail infrastructure and his notable achievements include forming the Network Rail (NR) independent design panel, development of NR design principles, reinvigorating NR’s design approach via design competitions and introduction of built environment design guidance.

An experienced transport professional, Anthony has over 20 years of industry experience and a proven track record in asset management, programme engineering and project development within government, client, consultant, contracting and risk environments in the UK and Europe.

Anthony has spent his career in a number of private sector bodies including working as a consultant for Jacobs Babtie, Louis Berger Inc and Railtrack; as well as a number of public sector bodies including Network Rail and Network Rail (High Speed) where he was the Head of Civil Engineering and Environment on HS1.

Anthony is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Society of Arts. He is as a member of the National Infrastructure Commission Design Group.

Chris Wise

Chris Wise

Senior Director, Expedition Engineering

Chris is an award winning designer, recognised as one of the most inventive structural engineers of his generation. He relishes challenging convention and is a positive creative force in any design team. Chris’ bold ideas and amiable demeanour make him a highly sought-after engineer on projects of all scales.

Chris adds value throughout a project’s lifecycle, but is especially valuable at the concept stage where he challenges the brief to get to the crux of a problem – leading to better outcomes for his clients. Chris has a passion for lean and elegant design, and has a design ethos grounded in simplicity.

Previously a design Professor at Imperial, Yale and UCL, he finds delight in mentoring and challenging the next generation of engineers.

Oliver Beetschen

Oliver Beetschen

Architect, Hawkins Brown

Oliver graduated with distinction from his Masters of Architecture course at The University of Edinburgh. His thesis project, ‘Moral Hazards of the Generic City’, was nominated for a number of architectural awards and selected to be shown at the Royal Scottish Academy’s ‘New Contemporaries’ exhibition.

His proposal, in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, explored the social and cultural impact of infrastructure, and sought to offer a poignant critique on the dangers of alienation in a system of advanced capitalism.

Oliver grew up in Scotland and has worked in a variety of sectors both in the UK and abroad. In his free time, he works as a freelance sound engineer and set designer, and is a keen hill walker.

Noel Lovatt

Noel Lovatt

Head of Operations, X-treme Systems

Phil Webb

Phil Webb

Walker Construction, Managing Director

Phil started at Walker Construction in 1993 as a Site Agent specialising in the rail industry and for 13 years was gradually promoted to Senior Site Agent, Contracts Manager and then to Divisional Rail Director. His experience has successfully helped to deliver schemes focusing on safe, timely delivery.

During 2012 Phil progressed to Safety Director and has been instrumental in driving the Companies behavioural based safety programme ‘Safety by Choice’. In January 2013 he became Managing Director for the company.

Phil possesses strong leadership skills, with extensive management experience across Building, Civil Engineering and Rail projects. His refined skills and expertise empowers Walker Construction with a valuable approach to and understanding of, new business development, financial management principles, entrepreneurial with commercial acumen. Phil has created a results driven culture within the company. Oriented with a positive approach to management, design and construction, his approach brings a clear focus on safety, high quality and collaborative efficiency.

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