As a fresh-faced teenager in 1951, Tony Hunt tendered his ticket at the entrance to the Festival of Britain on London’s South Bank and left several hours later a changed young man. The civil engineering student was captivated by the futurist structures, including the Dome of Discovery and the Skylon.
Until then he had been regretting his early choice of career, but suddenly realised that “engineering was wonderful”. He set out on a course that would lead to the structural engineering of buildings that would change the face of British architecture, ending with the Eden Project.
To begin with Hunt found to his dismay that “architects don’t want to have a dialogue with the engineer at all”. Then in the early Sixties he met Norman