Olivia Riddle


MEng (Hons) CEng MICE MIStructE
Associate Director Olivia Riddle focuses on commercially effective sustainable design and construction, collaborating across disciplines to deliver integrated, robust structural engineering schemes. She excels in formulating elegant design solutions for difficult problems, and says, “I enjoy tackling complex technical and buildability challenges on constrained sites.”

Olivia is committed to regenerative engineering and her favourite projects are refurbishments, where she works with all designers to optimise reuse of the existing structure while providing value to the client. She says, “I love to see existing buildings given a new lease of life and being upgraded through refurbishment.” But it’s not all about refurbishing — her considerable experience encompasses educational and residential new build projects as well as extensions to commercial and retail buildings.

She believes effective communication and collaboration skills are essential to facilitate co-ordination with stakeholders and drive successful project outcomes from feasibility to construction. She adds, “I have a proactive approach to work and problem-solving, leading to efficient project delivery and client satisfaction.”

Olivia’s 15 years of consultancy experience showcase her skills in team leadership and management, project briefing and reviews, client liaison and mentoring. She demonstrates an inspiring commitment to continuous learning, staying abreast of industry advancements and enhancing personal capabilities. As part of her ongoing pursuit of knowledge, she takes pride in using her expertise to help others.

She is a lecturer at University College London, tutoring second year students on the MEng Engineering and Architectural Design course, which she has done since its inception in 2018. She says, “I relish the opportunity to mentor and coach engineers, particularly in supporting them as they advance through their professional qualifications.”

Olivia’s London projects include Sackville House (the refurbishment and lightweight steel/timber hybrid-frame vertical extension of 1930s buildings in Mayfair), 17-19 Rochester Row (reuse and refurbishment of existing offices with concrete/steel hybrid in Westminster) and Rushmead affordable housing development in Tower Hamlets, which is designed using Passivhaus principles. Other notable schemes include King’s Lynn Waterfront heritage engineering for a 17th century Custom House on the Norfolk coast, and Wyld Sauna in Liverpool, the UK’s first public floating sauna.

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