Building an inclusive culture is the right thing for Glanville (and any business) to do
By John Birch, Director
For around 18 months I have been working closely with one of our long-term clients, MEPC, and other key members of their supply chain as part of an initiative to encourage more women into the construction industry and promote diversity and inclusion more widely. The initiative is the brainchild of MEPC’s Commercial Director, Roz Bird, supported by Julia Muir, CEO of Gaia Innovation and founder of the Automotive 30% Club.
Having recently attended the Automotive 30% Club’s 2021 virtual conference where the theme was ‘Change the Game’, it seemed like a good time to capture some of the lessons and insights I’d gained over the last year and a half.
Glanville has been involved in the Pennyfeathers development on the Isle of Wight since the initial planning application was submitted 10 years ago.
Plans to build up to 904 houses, a school, community centre, commercial buildings and a sports building on the edge of Ryde were approved in September 2017 but construction has not yet commenced. An application for reserved matters for Phase 1 of the development was made in August 2020 and, once approved, building works can begin within 2 years of that permission.
Glanville played a key role in providing evidence that the whole development is deliverable in terms of highways. Unlocking the traffic issues was a crucial factor for developing the site in a conventional way. Glanville’s Transport & Highways team came up with a viable solution that solves the issue of traffic congestion in the area by designing a road layout that incorporates both the strategic through routes and the local roads in the development itself. [+]
Topping Out at IDRM, Oxford
The sun shone for the Topping Out Ceremony on Tuesday 15 December 2020 at the Institute of Development & Regenerative Medicine (IDRM) building in Oxford.
IDRM will be a specialist, world-leading, medical research facility which includes laboratory and write-up spaces for each of the three research themes, cardiology, neurology and immunology, with shared meeting/seminar rooms and specialist, ancillary labs for the purpose of life sciences research. The project will bring together more than 200 world-leading scientists to tackle serious heart problems.
The project is a partnership between University of Oxford, the British Heart Foundation and a philanthropist uniting 220 leading researchers from Oxford and across the globe.
Silverstone Park Phase 3 gets reserved matters approval
Now that reserved matters approval for Phase 3 of MEPC’s development at Silverstone Park has been granted, we reflect on our input into this major new technology park.
Silverstone Park is situated in Northamptonshire, at the heart of the Silverstone Technology Cluster, and provides a global destination for innovation, business development and high-tech engineering. Owners MEPC are developing the site into a technology park with approximately 2.1 million sq. ft. of primarily light industrial floorspace for engineering and technology companies.
Team Glanville profile: Marta Delgado, Civil Engineer
Meet Marta, a Civil Engineer with our Transport & Highways Team based at our Didcot office in Oxfordshire. We asked Marta to tell us about her career path so far and what she finds most interesting (and challenging!) about her job.
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. [+]