Capita hosted a day of events at London’s Hospital Club on Wednesday 17 June to mark 11 years of engineering innovation at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Since 2005 our architecture and engineering teams have been working with celebrated artist and sculptor Gerry Judah and metalwork specialists Littlehampton Welding to produce the breath-taking central sculptures erected on the lawn in front of Goodwood House, that thrill the crowds flocking to the world’s largest motoring garden party.
Events took place throughout the day in the Hospital Club’s gallery space with an exhibition of images, 3D models and technical insight of our sculptures for prestigious car marques such as Lotus, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
The day started with a visit from 90 pupils from the University Academy of Engineering South Bank. The Year 7 pupils will take part in workshop activities and hear presentations from Capita engineers as well as Anil Iyer, chief operating officer of the Association for Consultancy & Engineering (ACE), promoting STEM careers and profiling the work behind the design and construction of these complex, iconic sculptures.
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Peter Grove, Capita’s head of engineering explains:
“The UK has a serious skills shortage in engineering and other STEM areas, which our industry needs to work to address. By showcasing the sculptures we’ve designed for the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the last 11 years, I hope that we’ve set pupils’ imaginations racing and encouraged them to consider a career in engineering and design.”
Around 40 undergraduates in architecture, structural and civil engineering from London universities also attended a technical seminar on the sculptures – delivered by Capita engineers Bruno Postle and Hooman Baghi who have been responsible for our Goodwood work over the last 11 years.
The day ended with an evening drinks reception for around 200 clients and Capita hosts where guests enjoyed a short talk from the artist Gerry Judah and networking within the exhibition space.
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We are immensely proud of our involvement with the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the past 11 years and are looking forward to the unveiling of this year's sculpture for Mazda on 26 June. Today's events give us the opportunity to celebrate our contribution to this major public event and enhance our reputation for design and engineering innovation and collaboration.
Head of Engineering at Capita
During June Capita is sharing daily insight, images and video of our sculptures, leading up to the unveiling of the Mazda sculpture on Friday 26 June.
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