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Sarah Leach

Sara Leach, 35, highways team manager, Barnstaple Civil engineer Sara Leach joined Halcrow in 2001, and now manages the highways team on the £42M Barnstaple bypass in Devon, which is being built by Edmund Nuttall.

'I worked on the bid in 2003 and then started on the design at the end of 2004. I came out here when work started on site in March 2005. During the tender stage we co-located with the contractor. I saw that as positive because there was a better chance of knowing what we were both thinking, and I think it helped us win the bid. Now we're on site we've got a common goal to get the project built, so we are all talking to each other.

'I take the technical side very seriously, ' she continues, 'but that just isn't enough any more. We have to be able to communicate with the blokes on site - not forgetting to listen to them - as well as to the client and different levels in Nuttall.' Leach, 35, says the project fits well with Halcrow's objective of sustaining and improving the quality of people's lives. 'The bypass will really improve a lot of people's lives, and it should help the economy of Barnstaple as well.'

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