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Press Release: Transforming the UK Construction Landscape – Worshipful Company of Constructors Scholars Lead the Way

Transforming the UK Construction Landscape: Worshipful Company of Constructors Scholars Lead the Way In a ground‐breaking initiative that’s redefining the future of the UK construction industry, the Worshipful Company of Constructors is proudly spotlighting the remarkable work of it’s Sir Ian Dixon and Climate Action Scholars. These visionary scholars are at the forefront of pioneering research that promises to help reshape the construction landscape, instilling sustainability, innovation, and safety at the heart of their endeavours.

Sir Ian Dixon Scholars: Sasha Simmonds, Oscar Cerecedo and Phillip Windslow

Sasha Simmonds, Oscar Cerecedo, and Phillip Windslow, the Sir Ian Dixon Scholars are carving their own unique paths in the construcyion world.

Sasha Simmonds, with her unwavering commitment to social values and restorative justice, has spearheaded a groundbreaking Social Values Strategy at O’Neill & Brennan Construction Ltd. In the past 18 months alone, their efforts have resulted in over 100 prison hires, breathing renewed life into the communities where they work. Sasha’s current research dives deep into addressing the
educational disparities between male and female prison estates, specifically in construction‐related training. Her goal is to bridge this gap and encourage the development of academies within females’ estates, thereby advancing equality in the industry.

Oscar Cerecedo, a force in structural engineering, is trying to bring about a small revolution in the industry with his FIBRE‐slab solution. By replacing traditional reinforcement bars with synthetic fibres, there’s an opportunity poised to dramatically reduced embedded carbon emissions in residential reinforced concrete, potentially by up to 60%. His innovative approach not only slashes environmental impact but streamlines the construction process, enhancing safety and logistics.

Phillip Windslow, a specialist in ground investigations, is on a mission to safeguard historical geo‐structures from the ravages of a changing climate. His research focusses on the development of non‐invasive methods to evaluate the current and future performance of these structures. Phillip’s work promises to provide proactive solutions to potential instabilities, ensuring the preservation of these age‐old wonders.


Climate Action Scholars: Andrew Jardine and Christopher Wellgreen

Andrew Jardine and Christopher Wellgreen the Climate Action Scholars, are setting their sights on a greener, more sustainable construction industry.

Andrew Jardine, a latecomer to the industry bringing a wealth of transferable knowledge from the retail industry, is pioneering research into the engagement of front‐end, lower‐level construction workers in carbon reduction and sustainability discussions. His goal is to ensure that these often‐overlooked individuals are equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to contribute to a more sustainable future.

Christopher Wellgreen, a visionary in sustainability, is delving into the complexities of the UK construction industry’s response to climate change. His research encompasses a broad spectrum, including industry Net Zero carbon objectives, cultural and commercial differences among companies, and best practices for achieving Net Zero targets.

The combined efforts of these scholars are poised to play their small parts in ushering in a new era for the UK construction industry. Their research not only addresses critical challenges but offers proactive solutions. From reducing carbon emissions to fostering inclusivity and sustainability, they are paving the way towards a more responsible future.

The Worshipful Company of Constructors is leading the charge in embracing a green commitment that sets a remarkable precedent in the City of London and in the wider construction industry. They proudly hold the distinction of being the first livery company to achieve Net Zero status, underscoring their unwavering dedication to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Through their support and mentorship, these scholars have found a nurturing platform to drive positive change in an industry that’s not only adapting to the challenges of the future but actively shaping it. As the scholars’ pioneering work unfolds, it’s evident that they are not only contributing to the construction industry’s evolution but also helping to steer it towards a greener, more responsible, and sustainable future. The stage is set, and the future looks brighter than ever, thanks to the visionary commitment of the Worshipful Company of Constructors and their exceptional scholars.

If you’re curious about the groundbreaking work and industrial influence that Scholars of the Worshipful Company of Constructors are exerting to tackle critical academic, practical and environmental challenges, we invite you to explore further at

Are you a passionate researcher with a vision to confront significant challenges or unlock new opportunities within the construction industry? Our website is your gateway to transformation. Visit us now and seize the chance to apply for a prestigious Sir Ian Dixon Scholarship or Climate Action Scholarship, opening doors to a realm of possibilities in construction innovation.

Join us in shaping the future of the industry today.

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