“Making Space for Women” : The Summer Sequel

10th August 2022

The much-anticipated sequel to the inaugural “Making Space for Women” event took to Lower Marsh this summer. This time it was hosted by Whitby Wood engineers who are a consultancy firm based in Waterloo that focuses on civil and structural engineering, designing buildings and urban infrastructure.  Thirty female industry specialists gathered for networking and an informal opportunity to discuss their current projects and their experiences of being a woman in a male-dominated sector. The gathering took place on the 13th of  July as a follow on from the International Woman’s Day event in March which was held in Leake Street Arches. Build Studios and WeAreWaterloo collaborated again to hold the second “Making Space for Women” as part of the BID’s series of panel discussions. Engineering UK reported in March 2022 that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe at 11%. Build Studios and WeAreWaterloo decided that the best way to support women in the profession or to encourage those who are thinking about joining it would be to create a consistent network. This would allow the members to share ideas, experiences, and opportunities with each other and mentor newcomers. At the empowering event the women appreciated each other’s achievements with cocktails provided by Paladar London and ice cream by the local Candiero Ltd, kindly provided by WeAreWaterloo and Build Workspace.