Andrew graduated from Cambridge University in 1992 with a first class degree in Engineering Science, specialising in geotechnics, structures and materials. He was sponsored by Ove Arup & Partners both before and during university gaining over a years’ worth of experience on site and in the design office. On graduation he joined Arup’s geotechnical division in London and then spent the next 7 years in London, Berlin and Hong Kong on the design and site-supervision of large infrastructure projects such as Canary Wharf towers, Merrill Lynch HQ, Berlin Velodrome and Swimming Pool and The Centre, HK.
During this time Andrew specialised in the design and construction of deep basements, retaining walls and foundations using diaphragm walls and large diameter piles. He also studied for a master’s degree in Soil Mechanics at Imperial College, with his thesis on the effects of rising groundwater on bored piles in London, graduating with a distinction.
In 1999 Andrew joined a strategy consultancy, Mars & Co, where he carried out numerous projects on behalf of blue-chip companies in UK, Turkey, USA and France.
In 2007 Andrew formed his own company carrying out both business and engineering consultancy projects for a range of clients. He expanded his engineering knowledge into domestic buildings, adding design in timber and masonry and working knowledge of building regulations to his skillset. In this time he also completed a Masters in Renewable Energy Systems Technology, at Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy and graduated with distinction. His thesis was presented at the IET Conference on Renewable Power Generation, 2011.
Andrew joined Hawkins in 2013 in order to expand the Built Environment capability of the company, which now includes Forensic Architects, Hydrologists and Fire Engineers as well as a core group of Civil and Structural Engineers. Andrew has investigated over 250 civil and structural cases including flooding, building collapses, retaining wall and foundation failures, as well as storm and vibration damage. Andrew has extensive knowledge of health and safety regulations, including CDM2015 and is often instructed on personal injury cases involving operatives on construction site. Andrew is also an A2 Certificate of Competence (A2CofC) certified drone pilot and can assist clients with aerial surveys on cases relating to structural failures and personal injuries. The use of drones in an investigation can be particularly beneficial to inspect dangerous or hard to reach areas.
Andrew is proficient in English and German.