From Left to Right: Chef and Broadcaster Rachel Khoo, Roma Agrawal, Sudanese-British model Alek Wek, singer-songwriter Rita Ora and Fashion Spotter Lulu Kennedy
The British-Indian structural engineer who helped design London’s iconic ‘Shard’ building has become the latest inspirational woman to feature in a new advertising campaign for retailer Marks and Spencer.
Roma Agrawal, 30, becomes the latest – and first British Asian – to join M&S’ “Leading Ladies” spring advertising campaign, which features a number of high-profile women from across Britain’s social and cultural spectrum.
The young engineer has won numerous accolades and community awards since a TV documentary last year revealed her part in the design of Europe’ s tallest building.
Agrawal was part of a team which used a revolutionary new technique to build the core of a building which has transformed London’s bustling skyline.
She told the Daily Mail: “I worked on the foundation design and the spire. We used top-down construction, which means digging downwards and building up at the same time. The “core” or spine of the building has never been built that way before, but it saves time and helped us get the building up quickly.”
Among the projects that Ms Agrawal is working on since the completion of the Shard is a new housing development in East London, built over a railway line.
And of course the stylish new advertising campaign for Marks and Spencer’s Spring Summer collection. Photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz, the campaign features women with a “strong sense of personal style and inspirational achievements”.
Among the other ladies featured alongside Roma are Dame Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence and who was recently named Britain’s ‘Most Powerful’ woman; Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson; Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Annie Lennox; fashion spotter Lulu Kennedy and Sudanese-British model Alek Wek.