Forums and debates sit at the heart of progress in this ever-changing industry, and the significance of the wider reach has underpinned our success. Involvement in these ongoing discussions is vital in driving innovation, and feeds into our design-led approach.

A number of AKT II directors sit on panels for UK industry forums such as CABE, the Southwark Review Panel and the BCO. Directors Paul Scott and Stelio Papastylianos are active on the BCO advisory panel and have been co-writing the structural engineering section of the guide since 2008. In 2014, following gradual changes in technology, Paul and Stelio were also invited to write the section on BIM for the most recent BCO publication, and Paul and Hanif were both key speakers at the organisation’ s annual conference in May.

We also have an interest in the safe and efficient design of temporary structures; Director Peter Hind is Chairman of the Advisory Group on Temporary Structures at IStructE. He was also a member of the BSI Committee, providing technical input into the review and updating of BS EN 1999 Structural Use of Aluminium (Eurocode 9) and BS EN 1090 Execution of Steel and Aluminium Structures.

Founding Director Albert Williamson-Taylor has played an important role in debate and discussion about the future of high-rise buildings in the capital, as part of the steering committee for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. His passion for strong design and belief in the impact of tall buildings on their surroundings has also led to his involvement in the Skyline Campaign, which seeks to protect and regulate the cityscape. He is also a leading advocate of sustainable construction, believing that this simply stems from a progressive approach towards design.