We are proud to again have been part of the Secret Santa scheme run by Oxford law firm Blake Morgan, in collaboration with Oxfordshire Social Services and Children Heard and Seen, a charity providing support to children affected by parental imprisonment, which has given over 700 disadvantaged children in the local area a Christmas present this year.
Our staff donated presents to a number of children who are either in care or who remain at home but are ‘in need’ and may otherwise not receive anything on Christmas Day.
We hope that those receiving the presents get as much pleasure from them as we did buying them and we look forward to being part of this excellent initiative again next year.
Work on a new residential development at Silver Street in Reading progresses on site with the podium deck now complete and the erection of the steel frame underway. When complete, the development will provide 70 flats over up to 6 floors with car parking in an undercroft below the podium. Glanville has long-standing relationship providing structural engineering design services to the developer, Thomas Homes.
Glanville is always at the forefront of technology and our Geomatics team recently utilised the latest collision-tolerant drone to successfully inspect and explore a building which was deemed too unsafe to enter.
The investigation with the drone allowed the Architect and the Structural Engineer to view all areas and closely inspect any building features of interest, without the need to step inside the dangerous property.
A key milestone has been reached in the construction phase of St Luke’s Hospital in Oxford with the structural steel frame erection nearing completion. This has been a most challenging project, providing new facilities over an existing building that is still in operation, and was never designed to accommodate a further storey.
Working collaboratively with Benfield and Loxley, Hawkins Group and Oxford Architects, our structural engineering team have designed an innovative solution. This entailed transferring the loads down externally through a new steel frame, coupled with a detailed analysis of the existing structure to utilise any internal areas where spare capacity in the existing load bearing structure was available, ensuring minimal disruption to the clients day-to-day operations.
Three engineers from Glanville participated in this year’s Year 6 Aspirations Afternoon at Fir Tree Junior School on 17th July. The event was supported by Flying High Together, a local charity which develops links between businesses and schools, and its aim was to introduce the pupils to different career paths, what they involved and the skills they might need.
Sitting alongside a wide range of other professionals, including a doctor, lawyer, vet, dancer, plasterer, fashion designer and pilot, Structural Engineer Ruth Eve, Highways Engineer Mike Ford and Civil Engineer Charlotte Salt set out to inspire the pupils to think about a career in engineering.
The pupils spent five minutes at a time at each table, with Ruth, Mike and Charlotte giving an insight into the daily life of an engineer. The pupils were particularly fascinated by Ruth’s block of concrete, Charlotte’s explanation of what happens when you flush the toilet, and Mike’s technical drawings of their local roads. It was great to watch the pupils’ enthusiasm for engineering grow over each five-minute session, and to hear that most of the pupils enjoyed the subjects which form the basis of engineering: maths; science; and art.
We hope that this has helped plant the seed for the pupils to start thinking about a career in the engineering sector, and we look forward to attending more events in future to help inspire the next generation of budding young engineers.
Coming soon to the southbound A419 at Seven Bridges, Cricklade will be a brand new BP service station open 24/7.
Although the derelict site was previously a petrol filling station, a major upgrade of the access slip roads was needed to comply with Highways England’s latest design standards – a real challenge within the constraints of the site. Glanville handled the highways and transport aspects of the scheme through planning and subsequent negotiations with Highways England to reach agreement on detailed highway design of the diverge and merge slips and the road restraint risk assessment process necessary to protect both the site and vehicle occupants from errant vehicles.
Glanville is proud to have been involved with the restoration of Kew Pagoda that officially reopened on 13th July 2018. During the five year project, undertaken for Historic Royal Palaces, our Geomatics team undertook fully detailed measured surveys of the historic folly and produced detailed drawings for the external and internal structure. Furthermore, the team provided all the close range digital 3D scanning and mesh modelling of the ornate dragons during their restorative journey from original examples, to modelled maquettes and ultimately to the final carvings and 3D printed models.
The pagoda was initially completed in 1762, is almost 50m high, has 253 steps and is now adorned by 80 dragons, of which 72 are 3D printed.
Our Didcot office hosted a summer drinks reception, which was attended by staff from both offices and over 70 guests. The event, which brought together a mix of clients and other construction professionals, was held in resplendent sunshine in the beautiful surrounds of Balliol College, Oxford and built on the success of our bi-annual breakfasts in the spring and autumn.
Glanville’s staff have chosen Homeless Oxfordshire (formerly known as Oxford Homeless Pathways) as the charity for Glanville to support this year.
It is sobering to realise that more people sleep rough in Oxford than most places in the UK, excluding Central London. About 56 homeless people aged 22 and over use emergency accommodation provided by the charity.
Homeless Oxfordshire aims to provide swift, effective, creative and lasting responses to transform the lives of people who find themselves homeless and works alongside a thriving network of organisations to provide life-changing services for homeless people in Oxfordshire.
We hope that our support will help Homeless Oxfordshire with their work to support welfare and medical services for homeless people in Oxford and to enable homeless people to find and sustain stable housing.
Our staff will be involved with a range of fund raising events and activities throughout the year, with the funds raised matched by Glanville … so, the more we raise, the more we give!
The first phase of construction of the new Bicester North substation was completed earlier this year. Glanville is the civil and structural engineering designer for the substation, which is an integral part of Scottish and Southern Energy Networks’ £24 million project to reinforce the electrical network in Bicester and the surrounding areas to accommodate current demand and future growth.
The Bicester North substation is one of over 350 schemes which Glanville’s specialist design team have undertaken for the electricity supply and distribution sector since 2006.
We have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Innovation in Project Initiation category of the 2018 NCE100 Companies of the Year Awards. Before the awards, all finalists will attend face-to-face judging, made up of clients, contractors and consultants.
All NCE100 companies are firms that are driving the industry forward, increasing productivity, driving cultural change and delivering for society in the UK and worldwide. The winners will be announced in May.
141 Milton Park has achieved practical completion, and is one of three buildings forming the £24 million Park Drive East speculative development at Milton Park in Oxfordshire. The development totals over 110,000 sq. ft. of flexible office and laboratory space within the Science Vale Enterprise Zone. Following the practical completion of 141 Park Drive East, completion of 142 and 143, the two hi-tech laboratory facilities are set to follow.
The buildings have achieved a BREEAM “Excellent” environmental accreditation and EPC ‘A’ rating. Construction started in February 2017. Glanville Consultants was appointed by MEPC as civil and structural engineers for the scheme.
The steel frame is nearly complete for the new JLR dealership on a brownfield site in Southampton. The new building will showcase both Jaguar and Land Rover brands together reflecting the current corporate identity and offering the customer new and used car sales, service facility, valeting and customer parking.
The new facility will achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and is due for completion in September 2018. Glanville has provided civil and structural engineering design services post-planning through to completion.
Following the completion of the refurbishment work to create a new front entrance, gymnasium and bar area early 2016, work is now well underway on the next phase of this exciting project alongside the River Thames at Streatley. The works include remodelling and extensions to the existing hotel reception, bar, restaurant, function rooms and guest rooms. Glanville is providing structural design services working collaboratively with the design team using 3D modelling and analysis.
Having provided Mactaggart & Mickel with consultancy advice in respect of its successful planning application for development of up to 280 new dwellings on land south of A420, Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire, Glanville has subsequently been responsible for securing Technical Approval for the associated Section 278 highway works package.
Working alongside Bloor Homes following its acquisition of the site, and Oxfordshire County Council as Local Highway Authority, Glanville prepared a package of detailed design information, accompanying Road Safety Audit and Designer’s Response in order to secure approval and allow commencement of construction within a challenging timeframe.
The highway works, which comprise a new ghost island right turn lane on A415 Witney Road, alterations to A415 Witney Road / A420 roundabout, improvements to Oxford Road and provision of new bus stop facilities are nearing completion, following which Glanville will return to site to undertake a Stage 3 Road Safety Audit, identify any snagging items and see the works put onto maintenance.
The image, kindly provided by Tonic Construction Ltd, shows the completion of white lining around A415 Witney Road / A420 roundabout following its night time closure for resurfacing.
Having assisted CEG in the successful promotion of land to the north of Abingdon, Oxfordshire for residential development through examination of the Vale of White Horse Local Plan 2031 Part 1, Glanville is proud to have subsequently assisted CEG with securing a resolution to grant planning permission for the development of up to 950 new homes on the site.
Despite the site being identified for strategic development within the Local Plan, it was still necessary to demonstrate deliverability from a transport and highway perspective at planning stage.
Working alongside Oxfordshire County Council as local Highway Authority, Glanville prepared a detailed Transport Assessment and Travel Plan which accompanied an outline planning application. Having found the conclusions of the Transport Assessment sound, the Highway Authority offered no objection to the application, which was subsequently approved at a special Planning Committee.
Glanville is now engaged by CEG to prepare a package of detailed design drawings of the off-site highway works associated with the development, with a view to securing Technical Approval to allow commencement of development as quickly as possible.
The project has allowed Glanville to demonstrate its breadth of capabilities from site promotion and the preparation of technical reports for planning through to detailed highway design.
Glanville has successfully transitioned its Environmental Management System for both offices to the latest ISO14001 standard.
ISO14001 is the leading international standard for environmental management systems, standards and guidelines. Following an extensive review, external auditors have certified our management system to ISO14001:2015.
The accreditation confirms our sustainability strategy, support of local communities and commitment to developing skills and opportunities.
The ISO14001 accreditors particularly recognised our strength in sustainability and recycling.
Glanville’s Road Safety Audit capability has been strengthened by Principal Engineer Graeme Turner’s recent success in gaining Membership of the Society of Road Safety Auditors (SoRSA) and fellow Principal Engineer Mike Ford’s successful training to enable him to be an audit team member. These achievements give Glanville greater flexibility to undertake audits on a wider range of road schemes.
We encourage all our staff to develop their potential through comprehensive training and mentoring. Graeme and Mike are both highly experienced highway engineers in our Transport & Highways team mostly undertaking design on highway improvement schemes. Graeme has many years' experience of undertaking audits on a wide variety of schemes and SoRSA membership is recognition of this. Safety is at the heart of good highway design and our experience is that engineers with road safety audit experience are invaluable.
SoRSA is a community of experienced professionals operating in the field of road safety auditing which acts as a forum where members exchange best practice. MSoRSA membership is increasingly a pre-requisite for a highway authority's acceptance of an Audit Team.
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Glanville takes its Corporate Social Responsibility seriously, and our staff always do their bit for charity too. To help channel some of that goodwill and provide a focus to our fund raising efforts, this year Sobell House has been nominated as Glanville’s ‘Official Charity’. Sobell House is a hospice centre providing care and support to those facing life-threatening illness, death and bereavement.
Apart from the fact that Sobell House does great work, we have been involved in planning and detailed design work for an extension to their building, which is located on the Churchill Hospital site in Oxford, so it is a cause close to our heart.
The money raised by this year’s staff Chilli and Sunflower Challenge will go to Sobell House, with the funds raised being matched by Glanville … so, the more we raise, the more we give!
Glanville has also started to pull together a team for the Oxford Half Marathon, who will be joined by other members of the design team working on the extension project, including architects GBS and building services engineers Darke & Taylor.
In May a number of Glanville’s Engineers and Transport Planners ran the Oxford Town and Gown 10k, which raises funds for muscular dystrophy. Following the race a ‘liquid brunch’ at the Kings Arms was enjoyed in resplendent sunshine!
The annual event is organised by Muscular Dystrophy UK, a charity in aid of the 70,000 people living with muscle-wasting conditions in the UK. So far the Town and Gown 10k series has raised over £1.9m, and a record £165k was raised on the day, which is all down to the dedication of participants who sign up to the events and fundraise for the charity.
The next planned running event will be the Oxford Half Marathon in October, which takes in some of Oxford’s most beautiful and recognisable sights over the 13.1 mile course.
Pictured left to right: John Hanlon, Tim Foxall, Martin Walton and David Bell.