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.
Glanville hosted its annual summer drinks reception yesterday (Thursday 6th June) in the stunning surroundings of Balliol College, Oxford. The sun even put in an appearance for us!
Colleagues from across all of Glanville’s specialisms – Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transport & Highways, Geomatics and Building Surveying – mixed and mingled with clients and colleagues in the late evening sun.
It was a great opportunity to engage with fellow professionals, to discuss opportunities and share best practice.
Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening such good fun.
Glanville has submitted a planning application on behalf of Southern Gas Networks (SGN) to develop the decommissioned plot at the Horley gas holder site into a new purpose-designed office. The proposed development will accommodate SGN’s head office and allow for future business expansion.
The new offices will replace SGN’s current head office in Horley, which is already at capacity with no scope for expansion, and will provide SGN with a bespoke, modern office environment. The proposed building has been sited to protect the amenity of the adjacent residential occupiers by minimising any impacts relating to daylight / sunlight, privacy and overlooking.
The new building will be designed and constructed to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ for its energy efficient measures. BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings.
We bade a fond farewell recently to our dedicated cleaners, Malcolm & Jean, with a very British afternoon tea.
After 34 years of loyal service to Glanville they are hanging up their dusters to enjoy a well-earned retirement.
Staff at Glanville’s Oxfordshire office joined Malcolm & Jean for afternoon tea to say thank you. The Board Room looked stunning with the vintage china and beautiful cakes and sandwiches. Of course, no retirement party is complete without a glass or two of fizz!
We want to publically thank Malcolm & Jean for all their hard work and we wish them a long and happy retirement.
A Winning Event for Glanville at Oxfordshire Property Festival
We are thrilled that several projects we are associated with were winners at last night’s Oxfordshire Property Festival Awards held in the stunning surroundings of Keble College.
Barton Park, a joint venture between Oxford City Council & Grosvenor, won Best Housing Development. Glanville has been working for the client to inspect the infrastructure enabling works undertaken on a design and build basis.
In the category ‘Best Use of Land’ we were involved in all three finalist projects! We carried out engineering surveying and setting-out for Harwell Campus for the Oxford Nanopore Technologies building. We delivered pre-planning advice covering transport, highways, flood risk and drainage for 376 Estates for The Broadway, Didcot. For A2 Dominion and Cantay Estates for Matilda House, Rymers Lane, Oxford we acted as civil and structural engineering designers, and carried out site surveying and underground utility tracing. [+]
Vision for Oxfordshire shared at Glanville breakfast
Guests at our 2019 Spring Breakfast heard Sue Halliwell, Director of Planning and Place at Oxfordshire County Council, talking about the challenges of spending £450,000 a day over the next 10 years to build the infrastructure necessary to support growth in the county.
Having secured the funding to deliver key strategic infrastructure, including a new crossing of the River Thames, Sue told the room that everyone needed to work closer together in order to ensure the sustainable development of Oxfordshire. Referring to the development of both housing and employment, and the infrastructure requirements to support it, Sue stressed the need to retain the identity of Oxfordshire whilst making it a successful area for economic growth. [+]
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.