Jonathan Rushton wins IABSE's Young Designer Competition

The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) is a long established and highly regarded international association whose members include many of the worlds leading practitioners, academics and researchers. The British Group of the IABSE holds an annual Future of Design Conference, and it was here that Jonathan Rushton was recently announced as a winner of the groups Young Designer Competition.

The competition called for engineers and architects under the age of 35 to produce a paper that showcased their innovative work or research. Jonathans paper was focussed on the integration between permanent and temporary works, especially linking design with methodology. This revolved around the design and method to jack two boxes into place underneath the London Overground track at White Hart Lane Station Upgrade. He was amongst 8 finalists who were selected to present their papers at the conference before being announced as a judges winner.

The box-jacking works are central to the White Hart Lane scheme, providing two new pedestrian underpasses through the existing brick arch viaduct supporting the platforms and connecting the east and west sides of the site. Taylor Woodrow worked with Tony Gee and Partners to develop the jacking method to install the underpasses, resulting in a significant reduction to the required closure of the line into a single weekend possession.

As Engineering Manager for Taylor Woodrow, Jonathan led on the technical element of integrating the design of the permanent and temporary works on the project, including the engineering solution for the jacked boxes.