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.
Glanville is proud to be involved with this project that was a recent winner at the RIBA East Awards 2017, working alongside Eric Parry Architects.
The development formed part of a £40 million project for the construction of a new postgraduate Structural Integrity Research Institute which has been based at Granta Park since its formation in 1946 and marks the completion of a 15-year programme to replace and update its research facilities.
It consists of three buildings that have varying roof heights and profiles, physically tied together by an internal street that also docks into the original TWI building, bringing new and old accommodation together.
The judges noted that it is unusual to see building of this quality in a business park, showing that it can be done without excessive cost, and the building has an architectural quality commensurate to the extraordinary innovations going on within it.
We are pleased to announce the promotions of Ruth Eve and Luke Delaney to Associate Director effective from April 2017. Both Ruth and Luke are Chartered members of the Institution of Structural Engineers and are based at our Oxfordshire office, working in Bryan Murray’s team. Ruth has worked for the company since joining as a graduate in 2000 and Luke has been with the firm for over 3 years.
These promotions strengthen the management team in the Structural Engineering department at our Oxfordshire office and recognise the hard work and commitment demonstrated by Ruth and Luke over many years. The new Associate Directors are looking forward to shaping the future of Glanville and contributing to the continued success of the business.
In September 2016 Glanville employees were getting hot under the collar as their lovingly cultivated plants were judged by peers in the company's Chilli Challenge charity fundraiser. The event raised £75 for Macmillan Cancer Support and involved growing chilli plants from seed, with the competition running from March to September.
The competition came about when two members of the Civil Engineering team challenged each other to growing the hottest chillies and before long over 30 employees were growing plants in every sunny corner of the office. Nigel Long was named overall winner of the ‘Long and Stringy’ competition. Other categories included ‘Short and Bushy’ and the must try harder ‘Chilli Chump’.
Glanville also runs an annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan and employees have helped raise money for other charities, including Blue Skye Thinking (supporting research into the treatment of childhood brain tumours).
Construction work commences on £24m development for MEPC
Construction work at MEPC’s Park Drive East development at Milton Park has commenced. It is the first milestone in the 12-month pipeline for one of the region's largest speculative office and laboratory developments, with Glanville Consultants being part of the client team, and continuing their long term relationship with both MEPC and Milton Park. Completion is expected in the last quarter of 2017.
Park Drive East will be comprised of three separate buildings (141, 142 and 143 Park Drive) totally 110,000 sq. ft., and includes a Grade-A office building as well as two hi-tech laboratory facilities. The buildings are designed and specified with a high level of flexibility in mind to appeal to science and technology companies embarking on research and development activities and will achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
In developing workspaces suitable for the thriving science and technology sector, the development at Park Drive East, has the potential to create 1,000 new jobs, which will support the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils’ plans to deliver 20,000 new jobs over the next 20 years.