Back in 2016 Glanville was appointed to provide highway design services to support the redevelopment of a disused service station on the A419 near Cricklade, Swindon, to provide a new modern service station for BP.
For those of you who are familiar with that particular stretch of road, you’ll be aware that it connects the M4 with the M5 so there’s never any shortage of traffic!
From a highways perspective, the principal issue that needed addressing was access to the service station. The original diverge and merge tapers, or slip lanes, were too short by modern design standards and needed to be significantly extended in order to meet Highways England’s requirements.
Our design work to demonstrate how access to and from this very busy road could be upgraded was a key factor in successfully obtaining planning permission for BP.
From 1908 to 2018 Slough was home to Horlicks. The factory where this much-loved bedtime drink was made is part of the fabric of Slough and has been locally listed since the late 1990s. When Glaxo Smith Kline decided to sell the Horlicks UK brand in 2017 the factory needed to find a new way to knit the community together. Berkeley Homes stepped forward and are developing an ambitious new chapter in its history with the creation of a new development and community within the heart of Slough. Glanville has been working alongside Berkeley Homes since the preliminary design stage in March 2018 providing Civil Engineering planning guidance and design. Our Structural Engineers joined the project in June 2019 and have been providing detailed design services. [+]
Wolvercote Mill, Oxford
Glanville has been providing services to CALA Homes for the new Wolvercote Mill development on the outskirts of Oxford. 190 new homes are being built around Mill Square, the community hub that will also feature a doctor’s surgery, a community centre and light industrial units. [+]
Glanville participates in historic Examination in Public
The first ever Local Plan Examination in Public to be held virtually starts today and Glanville is taking part. A Government Inspector will hear evidence from professionals and local residents to determine the soundness of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2034. [+]
25 years and counting for Glanville stalwart
What were you doing on 10th July 1995? For young graduate, Graeme Turner, it was a big day as it marked his first day with Glanville & Associates (as we were known back then) with the Transport & Planning team.
Fast forward 25 years and were delighted to throw a socially distanced celebration last Friday, 10th July 2020, to celebrate Graeme's 25th 'Glaniversary'. [+]
Glanville’s Geomatics team are getting back to work safely
Sightings of Land Surveyors have increased in recent weeks as lockdown restrictions ease.
Now out of the enforced hibernation this rare species can be seen sporting high vis and PPE capturing information in a very different world. [+]
Extreme Photonics Application Centre (EPAC)
Glanville is proud to be working alongside Mace for the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to deliver the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC). This brand new purpose-designed research facility at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire will house a unique, state-of-the-art high power laser system.
This month we join the Pride celebrations as part of our commitment to driving change and being a positive role model in our industry.
We have come a long way since the Stonewall riots of 1969 but there is still so much work to be done, not least in the UK Construction sector. Pride month is great to raise awareness but now it's time to go beyond awareness and foster an authentic culture of inclusion, respect, acceptance and belonging for everyone. [+]
The Winerack – Regatta Quay, Ipswich
Way back in the mid 2000s, Glanville were appointed to carry out the structural and civil design for a mixture of commercial & residential use at Regatta Quay, Ipswich.
Recession struck part way through the project and part of the development stood as empty shell for several years, earning the nickname ‘The Winerack’ by locals due to its distinctive appearance.
Meet John Birch, one of Glanville's longest serving team members and an exceptionally talented Civil Engineer with a client-focused approach.
John has been a Director of Glanville since 2005 and holds responsibility for the Civil Engineering and Transport & Highways departments at our Didcot office, leading a team of over 20 technical staff.
Guide to emerging technologies and their effect on transport systems
Emerging technologies are changing the provision of transport services from schedule planning, real time re-routing, ticketing and payment. Here's a short guide to emerging technologies: [+]
Glanville & Coronavirus (COVID-19)
During the current unprecedented and challenging circumstances, Glanville aims to:
Continue providing a good service to our clients (be contactable, responsive and meet deadlines).
Look after the health and wellbeing of our staff.
Comply with government policy to support the wider effort to suppress the spread of coronavirus.
To achieve these objectives we have already put in place home working facilities for all staff, including computing and communications. All of our staff are now working from home, with the exception of our surveyors. We have a number of tools available to replace conventional meetings, i.e. conference calls, emails and video conferencing, and will work with clients to ensure projects progress smoothly.[+]
Emerging Technologies and Transport
Most of us simply reach for the car keys whenever we need to make a journey – after all, what could be easier?
The provision of infrastructure and services to support the variety of viable alternatives to driving is currently scattered across private and public organisations with seemingly little or no integration – we simply don’t have the time or the inclination to sort out whether there might be a better alternative to driving.
We need to banish the ‘bar room’ culture on construction sites
At Glanville we are incredibly proud of the construction industry we are part of but recognise that more needs to be done to promote innovation and diversity.
For example, currently women represent only 13% of the construction workforce, but this reduces to just 3% for manual trades. The UK has a particularly poor record of women in construction relative to other European countries.
We are committed to being part of the solution, not the problem.
Having been in business for almost 50 years we have a developed our own Glanville culture. We work to a strong set of values that guides our behaviours and yet, until now, these have just formed organically and been ‘what we all do’ rather than anything more formal.
With a new ownership team in place, we decided to capture these values as part of our official Vision, Mission and Values. Core Values are the third element that is crucial to determining a strategy for growth. Put simply, Core Values explain what a business stands for. They capture the culture of a business, what makes it unique and give a framework to that culture so that it can be built upon and strengthened. [+]
Our new Vision and Mission
The start of a new year, indeed a new decade, is a good time to make plans for the future. It is after all, the very reason that people make New Year’s resolutions. Here at Glanville, we used the latter part of 2019 to develop our Vision, Mission and Values to take the company forwards in 2020 and beyond.
With a successful Management Buy Out to kick-off the New Year with a bang, the new ownership team has exciting and ambitious plans to drive the organisation over the next decade and having a Vision, Mission and Values will help guide the decision making. [+]
The Oxford Zero Emission Zone debate
Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council are proposing to introduce a zero emission zone (ZEZ) in Oxford city centre. The zone is likely to be the first area in the UK to set a zero emission requirement, although there are schemes in London and other UK cities, which set “ultra low emission” requirement. [+]
New owners to lead Glanville into 2020
We are pleased to announce that Glanville is under new ownership following a successful Management Buy Out, with the new management team ready to lead the business into 2020 and beyond.
Howard Gell and John Birch, who became shareholders in 2007, will continue and are joined by existing Directors Tim Foxall, Hylton George, John Hanlon and Andy Smith. The two retiring shareholders are Chris Edge and John French.
This week, Aylesbury Vale District Council resolved unanimously to grant outline planning permission for 273 new homes in Haddenham.
The project is a great demonstration of Glanville’s multi-disciplinary skills. Since 2016 we’ve provided a range of services including topographical surveying, transport planning highway engineering and civil engineering.
The arching sweep of land between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge known as the Oxford-Cambridge Arc or ‘knowledge corridor’, has been identified by the National Infrastructure Commission as a unique opportunity for the area to become an economic asset of international standing – a place that demonstrates the very best of British business and innovation for the benefit of local communities and the country as a whole.
With offices close to both Oxford and Hemel Hempstead, Glanville is strategically placed to help local authorities, land promoters and developers deliver the ambitious target of up to a million new homes, new offices and infrastructure proposed along the Oxford-Cambridge Arc over the next 30 years. [+]