Charles Rickard is one of Australia’s most sought-after engineers who has built a solid reputation through delivering quality, trust and innovation within his field. Charles graduated from the University of Surrey, UK in 1975. There he was lectured by worldwide authority, Dr David Hannant in the subject of Fibreglass Composites which included Glass Reinforced Cement (GRC hereafter). After eight years of consultancy and contracting in the UK, he migrated to Sydney, Australia in 1984. In establishing his company Rickard and Partners (subsequently Rickard Engineering), he soon found his training and experience in composites was of value in not only GRC but also Fibre Reinforced Plastic.
In 1999, he was contracted by the GRC Industry Group of the National Precast Concrete Association Australia to produce the document ‘Design Manufacture and Installation of GRC’. Charles has worked in the GRC and façade Engineering industry in the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, UK, the Middle East and Australia. He was Technical Secretary to the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCAA), in the 90s when he wrote the Australian Code of Practice for GRC.
Charles pioneered the use of incorporating continuous glass filament to improve strength for projects and is a consultant independent of any GRC manufacturing organisation, offering full design and engineering services anywhere in the world.
His portfolio includes major projects across the globe: Oman Convention Centre (Oman), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Merlion (Singapore), Monash University (Melbourne), Al Rayyan Stadium (Qatar), Adelaide State Library (Adelaide) National Bank of Oman (Oman), Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Melbourne), Australia 108 (Melbourne) and Taronga Institute of Science and Learning (Sydney).