Reaching new heights

May 08th 2015

Bouygues UK came second in the Construction Youth Trust’s (CYT) Skyline Challenge, which saw the team of four take their turn to run up 37 floors of the 755ft tall Heron Tower.

This is the tallest building in the city of London financial district and the third tallest in greater London. Here, team member and Bouygues UK HR Manager Cécilia Courquin, talks about her experience of the challenge.

After returning from honeymoon the day before, I thought I was mad to be participating in the Skyline Challenge, however with a few encouraging words from former England Rugby Captain, Phil Vickery, I started the race for our team with confidence and excitement.

Cecilia Courquin and Phil Vickery at the Skyline Challenge 2014

The glass staircase offers the most amazing views of London, including the adjacent Gherkin, St Paul’s cathedral, and Tower Bridge, although it is best not to look down as you can get very dizzy!

On the 37th floor we were all greeted by the amazing CYT team and Phil Vickery and were offered canapés and cocktails whilst enjoying the spectacular views.

Great views from the 37th floor of Heron Tower during the Skyline Challenge

We were very happy with the second place position, the team all did very well and in fact Grégoire d’Escrivan and Benoit Midol climbed all the way to the 40th floor and had to be brought back down to the end of the race on the 37th floor.

Benoit also set a new record by climbing all 40 floors in less than five minutes. Well done Benoit!

Cecilia Courquin and Beniot Midol sizing up the height they have to climb for the Skyline Challenge

Taking part in this challenge was important to us as a company as we support the Trust to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain the confidence and expertise to secure experience, employment or training in the construction industry. As a company we have a passion for helping communities within which we work, and fully support encouraging the next generation. Our partnership with the CYT saw the launch of the Mobile Classroom. This is a bold and exciting initiative to deliver construction-related training and careers advice to young people in local communities.

This was the first Skyline Challenge that the CYT had organised and it was a great success. If it was to happen again, I would easily be convinced to participate.

Well done to all those who took part with Cécilia, Grégoire d’Escrivan (Financial Controller), Edyta Horner (HR Manager) and Benoit Midol (Bids Manager).

Category: Blog
Tags: fundraising, Heron Tower, Skyline Challenge