19 Jun 2023

Shortlist announced for Engineer Pitch with Archiboo

We are delighted to announce that we have selected a shortlist of seven engineering practices to participate in the Engineer Pitch. A take on Archiboo’s popular Architect Pitch, the Engineer Pitch will see the finalists pitch an engineering design solution for a low-carbon building conversion. The prize is a guaranteed commission with HubCap, our wholly owned subsidiary focussed on this kind of project.

The seven practices that have been shortlisted to participate in the Engineer Pitch are Civic Engineers, Heyne Tillet Steel, London Structures Lab, Morph Structures, Simple Works, Symmetrys and Webb Yates.

Each member of the shortlist will now prepare their pitch in response to a brief from HubCap asking for their most creative ideas for low carbon, future-focused retrofit solutions – specifically around repurposing commercial buildings to provide living spaces.

The shortlisting follows the initial call for expressions of interest, which resulted in an impressive pool of diverse and interesting practices and a high calibre of entries. A major focus for the competition is to give up-and-coming engineers an opportunity to share their ideas, with the seven practices selected based on each of their unique approach to design, strong track record of delivery and high-quality portfolio.

Since launching earlier this year, HubCap’s pipeline of projects has continued to grow steadily, with two sites in London and two in Edinburgh and its first scheme, Water Street in Edinburgh, receiving planning approval earlier this month.

HubCap recognises the crucial role structural engineers play in these kinds of projects and wants to ensure it’s working with the best minds in the field, with the Engineer Pitch supporting its commitment to the exploration of innovative ideas to reduce embodied carbon as much as possible.

Damien Sharkey, Managing Director of HUB and HubCap, said:

“Building repurposing and low-carbon living are areas we’re passionate about as solutions to the dual crises we face – housing and climate. That’s why we set up HubCap earlier this year, so we were thrilled to see the high calibre of engineers who share that interest and wanted to participate in this event. Narrowing it down was not easy, but we look forward to hearing the innovative ideas the shortlisted teams will bring to the Engineer Pitch next month – and to ultimately working with at least one of these fantastic practices.”

The Engineer Pitch is on Tuesday 11 July at The Building Centre, WC1E 7BT London. Tickets are available via this link: