Reliance Way, Oxford

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Cantay Estates Ltd has recently obtained planning approval for a development of 78 ensuite study bedrooms and ancillary facilities which comprises a change of use of Canterbury House, Adams House and Riviera House from offices (Class B1 business use) to student study accommodation, together with a new three-storey building on the vacant site adjacent to Canterbury House.

Glanville is delighted to continue its relationship with Cantay Estates and Andrew Spurring Architect in providing civil and structural engineering design services.

Construction is due to commence in February 2017. Phase 1 is programmed for completion in August 2017 and Phase 2 by December 2017.

Image courtesy of Cantay Estates and Andrew Spurring Architect.

Contact Bryan Murray or John Hanlon at our Oxfordshire Office

60 Jubilee Avenue, Milton Park

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Barnwood Construction has recently completed the shell and core for this purpose-built laboratory and office building totalling 67,000 sq. ft. for MEPC, with Glanville providing civil and structural engineering services in conjunction with Nicholas Hare Architects.

Adaptimmune as the tenant, requires significant fit out works, for which Glanville is delighted to provide a project management role in addition to our core engineering services through to completion.

Contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

Geomatics – Reaching New Heights

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The Geomatics team are now extending their portfolio of land and engineering surveys to include the capture of aerial imagery using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that brings a new perspective to spatial data capture and visualisation.

With regular deployment, airborne capture is proving to be an invaluable tool on large construction sites where visual progress can be monitored and where the inspection of structures, in often difficult to access locations, is now possible.

Drone imagery can be vertical or oblique, still or dynamic, and can be used to develop terrain and elevation models.

Contact John Hallett-Jones at our Oxfordshire Office

St Lukes Hospital, Oxford

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A planning application has been submitted for the remodelling of St Lukes Hospital in Oxford. The proposal includes the removal of the existing roof and the construction of a new second floor across most of the building’s footprint to create twenty new en-suite bedrooms. Additional works include internal alterations to the first floor accommodation, new front entrance, activities room, garden room, staff and training facilities.

Glanville has worked closely with Oxford Architects and the design team through the early RIBA stages to provide a feasible structural solution that utilises modular construction for the additional storey. Glanville has also provided transport advice and civil engineering design services.

Contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

Swan Pool and Leisure Centre

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Working with Balfour Beatty in a Design and Build role, Glanville provided civil and structural engineering design services for the redevelopment of Swan Pool and Leisure Centre, Buckingham for Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The project consisted of several building extensions to create a new rock climbing facility, an extended gymnasium and the creation of a new spinning studio. The redevelopment also provided internal improvements to enlarge the changing village and create a larger spectating area for the swimming pool.

The £2.6M project was successfully completed earlier this year on time and within budget.

Contact Matthew Webb at our Oxfordshire Office

Park Drive Central, Milton Park.

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Work is progressing well on site, with Barnwood Construction as the Principal Contractor completing the reinforced concrete frame ahead of schedule. The building will provide a purpose built laboratory and office building totaling 67,000 sq. ft. at Park Drive Central for MEPC, with Adaptimmune as the tenant. Glanville has provided civil and structural engineering design services to both the landlord and tenant for the shell and core as well as the fit out works. Nicholas Hare is the architect.

Park Drive Central totals 9.47 acres and is the next phase in MEPC’s development plans on a site earmarked for redevelopment, which is part of the Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone.

Planning permission for the building was approved through the fast track Local Development Order process. Construction completion is due in late 2016.

Contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office or Nigel Porter at our Hertfordshire Office

Community Minded

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Glanville has provided civil and structural engineering design services to Oxford City Council to support the development of a new £4.8m community centre in the heart of Rose Hill, Oxford.

The new community centre will bring together a brand new 30 station gym, changing facilities, meeting and conference facilities, social club, advice centre and youth suite.

The Lord Mayor will officially open the community centre’s doors for the first time on Saturday 30th January 2016 when there will be a fun-filled, free open day from 12-4pm.

Contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

The Maltings, Newmarket

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Work on site is progressing well at The Maltings development on Fordham Road in Newmarket.

The development comprises 44 residential units in total, split between new-build and refurbishment of the historic malt house building. Glanville Consultants has provided civil and structural engineering services to Cleanslate Ltd.

The malt house has required extensive refurbishment to create sixteen apartments and duplexes with an internal atrium that provides access to each level by creating galleries off the principal circulation space. The roof and every floor have been reconstructed to maximise the space and provide a robust structural solution to ensure the heritage of this building is preserved.

In addition to the refurbishment of the malt house, Studio Henley architects has intelligently remodelled the site to incorporate six town houses and two apartments blocks around a communal central courtyard.

Contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

Let Them Eat Cake

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Glanville joined in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 25th September 2015 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Many staff at our Oxfordshire office contributed by baking a mouth-watering selection of homemade cakes whilst everyone did their bit by paying for the privilege of eating them!

The fundraising event raised a total of £147, which was matched by Glanville’s Directors. The money will help Macmillan make sure no one has to face cancer alone.

Contact John Birch at our Oxfordshire Office

Loom to the Moon

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Supporting a very worthy cause, Glanville was proud to provide the expertise for the World Record attempt at the longest ever Loom Band bracelet.

Measuring 41,106 feet (nearly 8 miles) the bracelet was painstakingly measured by the Geomatics team and successfully registered as a new World Record on 23rd July 2015.

Blue Skye Thinking is a charity which supports research so that all children diagnosed with brain tumours will have a better chance of survival and a better quality of life post-treatment. The charity is run by volunteers and all money donated goes directly to the forefront of research and treatment.

Oxford BioMedica

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Works have now commenced on the first phase of works for the extension and refurbishment of Oxford BioMedica (OXB) manufacturing facility in Cowley, Oxford. After OXB secured an Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) grant, Glanville was appointed in 2014 as the structural engineer for the expansion and reorganisation of the site.

The proposal increases the manufacturing capacity of OXB’s existing facility, together with infrastructure improvements and modernisation, but also provides additional newly constructed clean rooms to accommodate future larger-scale commercial manufacturing processes.

Contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

CDM Regulations

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The long awaited changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations came into force on 6th April 2015.

The new regulations contain fundamental changes with the role of CDM Co-ordinator removed and two new duty holders added – Domestic Client and Principal Designer.

Glanville Consultants has in-house construction Health and Safety expertise enabling us to act as CDM Consultants to Clients, Principal Designers, Principal Contractors, Designers and Contractors. We are also able to act as Principal Designer on projects where we are carrying out design work and are in control of the pre-construction phase of a project.

Contact Mick Dent at our Hertfordshire Office

Volkswagen Colchester

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We were appointed by Inchcape Retail to provide structural engineering design services for the development, which had a construction value of £3.7 million and involved the design of a showroom, vehicle workshop, valet bay, reception and offices to meet Inchcape’s exacting requirements.

On this fast-paced project, Glanville Consultants worked closely with the client, design team and contactor to provide a contemporary structure with steel frame for the main building and composite deck to first floor. From the outset we identified the benefits of BIM and generated a model using Autodesk Revit software. The project required intelligent design to provide an uninterrupted glazed front façade to meet the client’s aesthetic and operational needs.

Contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

MIPIM 2015 – Let’s meet …..

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MIPIM, the world’s leading property market, brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors - office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial, offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide.

The 26th edition of MIPIM will be held in Cannes, France from 10th to 13th March 2015. Our Director Bryan Murray will be attending the event, so please contact him if you would like to meet up.

Contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

Waitrose, Chester

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Waitrose’s new food store in Chester opened its doors for the first time in November 2014.  The scheme involved the re-development of a brownfield site located between the A51 and the Shropshire Union Canal to provide a mixed-use scheme that includes a supermarket and several smaller retail units.

Glanville’s involvement with the project dates back to 2010 when we were appointed to advise on transport and highways matters at the pre-application stage.  We prepared a multi-modal Transport Assessment and Travel Plan to accompany the planning application and prepared the preliminary design of the highway works required to provide a new all-moves access to the site and mitigate the development’s traffic impact on the busy A51 corridor.  We were subsequently responsible for the detailed design of the highway works that were carried out by Waitrose under a Section 278 Agreement.

For further information please contact John Birch at our Oxfordshire Office

Community Spirited

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Glanville has provided civil and structural engineering design services to Oxford City Council for the development of a new £4.8m, community centre in the heart of Rose Hill, Oxford.

The project has engaged with many stakeholders to provide a bespoke building that will benefit the local community and bring together several existing services under one roof, including a social club, advice centre and youth club. It will also provide a new doctor's surgery, a community gym, a training kitchen and a new police office.

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held on 7th November 2014, with Bill Buckingham officially cutting the first turf.  Mr Buckingham, who is a longstanding resident in the Rose Hill community and a previous local councillor and Lord Mayor, helped build the original community centre.

For further information please contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

Changes at the Top

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We are pleased to announce three promotions to Director effective from July 2014 – Tim Foxall (Transport & Highways - Oxfordshire office), John Hallett-Jones (Geomatics - Oxfordshire office), Andy Smith (Structural Engineering - Hertfordshire office).

These promotions strengthen the Board and recognise the hard work and commitment demonstrated by Tim, John and Andy over many years. The new Directors are looking forward to shaping the future of Glanville and contributing to the continued success of the business.

For further information please contact Howard Gell at our Hertfordshire Office


RAL Space, Oxfordshire

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Glanville is working alongside Willmott Dixon and FDG Architects to provide a new class-leading facility for RAL Space at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, incorporating clean rooms, laboratories and office space.

RAL forms part of the wider Harwell Oxford Campus and is located within the Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone. RAL Space is based at RAL and employs around 200 staff engaged in world-class space research and technology development.

We have provided civil, structural and highways advice on this BIM project. Planning has recently been granted and construction work is due to commence on site imminently.

For further information please contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

Bridging the Gap

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A new pedestrian bridge has recently been completed over the A3093 in Hampshire to link Persimmon Homes’ Picket Twenty development with the town of Andover.  Our structural engineers were responsible for the design of the arched steel bridge and associated concrete abutments, which required close liaison with the local Highway Authority to obtain Agreement in Principle (AiP) as part of the technical approval process for the highway structure.

An important consideration was the construction sequence to minimise any closure of the A3093, and hence all aspects of the steel bridge were designed as modular sections that could be fabricated off-site and erected quickly, whilst ensuring the design remained in keeping with the surrounding area.

For further information please contact John French at our Oxfordshire Office

Raising Expectations

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Glanville’s Geomatics team has developed a solution to the challenges of accessing restricted locations which prevent adequate survey coverage.  The system comprises a fully retractable 11m mast, able to carry a 10kg payload, that provides a highly mobile, elevated platform for our laser scanning and digital imaging equipment.

The mast is being used to increase our 3d laser scanning coverage and provide up-to-the minute oblique site photography. Its use within the heritage sector, in particular, is proving invaluable and cost-effective, often avoiding the need for a much more costly access solution.

For further information please contact Chris Edge at our Oxfordshire Office