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. [+]
A year in the life of a Graduate Geomatics Surveyor
Glanville graduates gain experience in projects of all types and sizes as their careers progress. In this blog, Lauren Whittaker shares her experiences of her first year as a Graduate Geomatics Surveyor with Glanville and gives advice to those who want a career in Geomatics (Land Surveying).
New online service for Glanville Geomatics clients makes it easier to analyse project data.
With an exponential increase in demand for 3D scan data and point clouds, Glanville Geomatics have recognised the need to provide a more intuitive online resource for clients to share, view, interrogate and interpret these data sets.
As a result, Glanville now have a new platform that ensures that clients have the ability to fully understand their project within the 3D environment, as well as augmenting their cad drawings and 3D Revit Models. This resource, running in parallel with the team’s scanning capture capabilities, allows the information to be navigated, visualised, interrogated and shared amongst all of the design team.
John Hallett-Jones, who leads our Geomatics group said, “The new online platform is a real benefit to our clients, enabling them to make more specific and detailed use of the 3D scan data and providing that extra level of visualisation is now adding real value to each project."
Vicky Thompson joins Glanville
We are delighted to announce that Vicky Thompson, formerly of Paul Basham Associates, has been appointed as Principal Transport Planner at our Didcot office.
With 7 years' transport planning experience in London and 3 years' in Oxfordshire, Vicky has joined the Glanville team with a wealth of valuable technical experience. Vicky was 'Highly Commended' as a rising star at the Oxford Property Festival earlier this year and also won Networker of the Year at the Thames Valley Property Festival in 2018.
During her career she has worked on projects across all land uses ranging from strategic residential schemes, industrial developments and hotels to agricultural uses.
She said: "I am excited to have joined the transport planning team at Glanville and I am looking forward to supporting its successes as the company celebrates its 47th year of business."
Glanville has offices in Didcot and Hemel Hempstead offering Transport & Highways, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Building Surveying and Land Surveying services across the UK.
John Birch, Director, who heads up the Transport & Highways and Civil Engineering teams, said "We are delighted that Vicky has joined us, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to our expanding team as we win ever larger projects and continue to grow the business."
30 Years of Service to Glanville!
We were thrilled to celebrate a real milestone anniversary last week with a Spanish themed summer lunch. Staff enjoyed a giant paella and jugs of sangria in the garden to mark Nigel Long’s 30 years long service to Glanville.
Nigel is a key member of the Civil Engineering team at the Didcot office having started working at Glanville back in 1989. Over the years Nigel has developed strong relationships with some of Glanville’s key clients including UKAEA at Harwell and Culham, Greene King and MEPC at Milton Park. Nigel continues to be a valuable source of knowledge and practical experience to others in the team.
A business such as Glanville is nothing without its staff, and everyone has an important role to play. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you, Nigel, for your significant contribution.
As a multi-disciplinary consultancy, Glanville employs graduates across Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Transport & Highways, Geomatics, Land Surveying and Building Surveying. Our graduates gain experience in projects of all types and sizes as their careers progress. In this blog, Charlotte Salt shares her experiences of life as a graduate at Glanville.
During the year placement I progressed from working on simpler CAD drawings and planning reports under the supervision of an engineer, to being given greater responsibility and using the skills I had developed to work on increasingly more complex projects, as well as getting involved with detailed design work. By the end of the year I felt I had gained a really broad experience of the sector, which helped confirm to me that this was the area of Civil Engineering I wanted to continue working in when I graduated. [+]
Work has recently been completed on a major upgrade to a busy junction in Gloucester, designed by Glanville on behalf of University of Gloucestershire.
The Cheltenham Road / Oxstalls Lane junction experienced congestion problems that would have been exacerbated by the University’s planned expansion of their nearby Oxstalls Campus to provide a new business school, additional student accommodation and sports facilities.
Glanville assessed the existing and proposed traffic conditions before developing proposals to solve congestion problems at the junction. A number of options were considered, including an improved priority junction, both a mini and normal roundabout, and traffic signals. Traffic signals were chosen as the preferred option as they offer greater capacity and provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists as well as offering the potential to incorporate bus priority measures – Cheltenham Road is a key bus route into the city centre. The junction improvements were completed recently, delivered via a Section 278 agreement between the University and Gloucestershire County Council.
Glanville also prepared a Transport Assessment, Travel Plan and Flood Risk Assessment to support the planning application.
As part of its commitment to recognise and reward excellence in our staff, Glanville has recently announced the promotion of four experienced personnel to senior positions.
At the Didcot office, Ruth Eve has been promoted to Acting Director (Structural Engineering) and Mike Ford to Associate Director (Transport & Highways). Also promoted to Associate Director (Structural Engineering) are Kevin Payne and Junaid Farooq, who are both based at our Hemel Hempstead office.
Howard Gell, managing director of Glanville, said, “With a strong pipeline of projects and a flourishing portfolio of clients, Glanville continues to grow across all disciplines. The directors are delighted to have been able to promote from within across both sites for these key positions to support our future progress. I would like to congratulate Ruth, Mike, Kevin and Junaid and wish them the very best in their new roles.”
Glanville was appointed by Berkeley Homes (Southern) to develop and deliver a series of complex modifications to an existing roundabout on the heavily-trafficked A24, near Southwater in West Sussex. The junction improvements, which were completed recently, are required to mitigate the traffic impact of a large-scale housing development that is under construction in the nearby village.
These modifications saw the introduction of a left-turn segregated lane on one of the approaches, and also included the widening of other entries, new road markings, improved signage, new sections of vehicle restraint system and upgrades to the street lighting.
The design of the left-turn segregated lane posed a particular set of challenges due to limited land availability. Working closely with a geotechnical specialist, Glanville developed a solution involving the use of cutting-edge soil reinforcement technology that responded to the constraints and delivered both in terms of ease of construction and cost.
During the construction phase Glanville was responsible for site supervision through the appointment of a full-time Resident Engineer.