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News: Whitby Bird engineer John Austin dies aged 52

Engineer John Austin, an associate partner of Whitby Bird and Partners, has died at the age of 52. A classic engineer of the old school, Austin worked his way up from office boy at Ove Arup to joint managing director of Anthony Hunt Ltd, before joining Whitby Bird and Partners. His projects included the Truro Courts with Evans and Shalev, rmc hq with Edward Cullinan, and latterly the new National Physical Laboratory with Percy Thomas Partnership.

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