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.
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."
Life as a graduate at Glanville
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. [+]