Jonny Hawkshaw
CEng, MIstructE. MEng - University of Leeds Architectural Engineering
Jonny seeks out new materials and ways they can be used structurally, particularly  those which are natural and lightly processed. He has a keen interest in modern methods of construction whilst also being highly experienced with historical structures and their refurbishment.
He is currently leading a project with Swindon Borough council to restore a Grade II listed Carriageworks originally constructed in 1876. Using his experience of working with historic concrete, masonry and iron/steel structure, he devised a solution for restoring the existing dilapidated masonry jack arch floors currently preventing the space from being inhabited.
On a project for the Findhorn Foundation, Jonny is developing a design utilising solid timber sections sourced from local lumber yards, curved glulam beams and screw pile foundations; elements which are challenging to work with given their novelty, but ultimately a more sustainable solution than the equivalent traditional construction materials.
Jonny is also developing a number of modular systems purely using timber for all aspects of the structure in order to achieve the lowest possible carbon emissions. Building on past experience of modular structures, he has led the team through the initial concept stages in order to produce a system that is easy to fabricate whilst maintaining a degree of flexibility allowing adaptability to the specific site requirements.
Education is another area in which Jonny excels, he currently holds a position at the Architectural Association on the Environmental and Technical Studies course as a technical lecturer and tutor. He believes engineers have an obligation to pass on the knowledge they have learnt to help the next generation of built environment students.
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