Expedition Engineering

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Expedition Engineering
IndustryDesign, Engineering, Education
FounderProf. Chris Wise
Seán Walsh
Chris Smith
Key people
Chris Wise (Director)
Seán Walsh (Director)
Andrew Weir (Director)
Ed McCann (Director)
Julia Ratcliffe (Director)
Judith Sykes(Director)
Alistair Lenczner(Director)
ParentThe Useful Simple Trust

Expedition Engineering is a London-based consulting firm, delivering structural engineering services.[1]


London 2012 Velodrome

Expedition Engineering was founded in 1999 by Professor Chris Wise (engineer for the Millennium Bridge, London) and Seán Walsh, both former employees at Arup.[2]

On 2 October 2008, Expedition's ownership was restructured, passing to an Employee Benefit Trust called the Useful Simple Trust.[3] The Useful Simple Trust also owns Thomas Matthews, a sustainable communication design practise ;[4] Think Up, a company specialising in engineering educational materials;[5] Useful Simple Projects, a strategic sustainability consultant, and Useful Studio an architecture design practise.[6]

The trustees of the Useful Simple Trust are:

Notable projects[edit]

55 Baker Street
The Emirates Airline

Expedition Engineering's notable projects are:

Expedition is working with One world Design on the design of the new Diamond Jubilee Footbridge across the Thames between Battersea and Chelsea.[20]

In 2018, Expedition put forward a proposal for HS4Air, a 140-kilometre (87 mi) high-speed railway line in the south of England which would connect the High Speed 1 and High Speed 2 railway lines, create a rapid link between Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, and connect regional cities in Britain to the Channel Tunnel.[21] The plans were submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) at the end of July 2018, as part of the Government's plans to encourage private investment, and the DfT will respond in the autumn.[22][23]


Expedition has twice won the IStructE's Supreme Award for Structural Engineering, for the London 2012 Velodrome in 2011[24] and for the Infinity Bridge in 2009. 55 Baker Street also received a commendation for sustainability at the Structural Awards.

In 2012 Expedition was named Engineering Consultant of the Year at the Building Awards.[25]


Expedition Engineering is involved in several educational projects, including Constructionarium and the Expedition Workshed website, a selection of educational tools for engineering students created by Expedition with the support of a number of other organisations.[26]


  1. ^ Rappaport, Nina (2007). Support and Resist. New York: Monacelli Press. ISBN 9781580931878.
  2. ^ "Expedition Web Site". Expedition Engineering. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Useful Simple Trust Launch" (PDF) (Press release). Useful Simple Trust. 12 November 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  4. ^ "Thomas Matthews Web Site". Thomas Matthews. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Think Up Web Site". Think Up. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Useful Simple Projects Web Site". Useful Simple Projects. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Mike Davies biography". Useful Simple Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Duncan Michael biography". Useful Simple Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Sophie Thomas biography". Useful Simple Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Ed McCann biography". Useful Simple Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Chris Wise biography". Useful Simple Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Sean Walsh biography". Useful Simple Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Tim O'Brien biography". Useful Simple Trust. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  14. ^ Pallister, James (2011). Hopkins Architects: London 2012 Velodrome : Design in Pursuit of Efficiency. London: Emap Inform. ISBN 9780956787712.
  15. ^ Popp, Peter (July 2012). "London 2012 - Velodrome". Detail Magazine.
  16. ^ "Infinity Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees". e-Architect. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  17. ^ "55 Baker Street Case Study". Concrete Centre. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  18. ^ "London gets its cable car!". Architecture Today. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  19. ^ "Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center" (Press release). Stavros Niarchos Foundation. February 2008. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  20. ^ Frith, Maxine (15 November 2012). "First look at new Thames footbridge which would link Chelsea Harbour and Battersea". Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  21. ^ Tute, Ryan (7 March 2018). "Firm pitches "an M25 for high-speed trains" to pass through Heathrow and Gatwick". Infrastructure Intelligence. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  22. ^ Paton, Graeme (20 July 2018). "M25-style railway takes you from Gatwick to Heathrow in 15 mins". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  23. ^ Grafton-Green, Patrick (21 July 2018). "New M25-style railway takes you from Gatwick to Heathrow in 15 minutes". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Structural Awards 2011". IStructE. November 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  25. ^ "Building Awards 2012". Building Magazine. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  26. ^ "Expedition Workshed". Expedition. Retrieved 15 April 2013.

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