Sobell House – ‘Official Charity’

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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.

Contact John Hanlon at our Oxfordshire Office

Oxford Town and Gown 10k

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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.

Contact John Hanlon at our Oxfordshire Office

The Welding Institute – Award Winner

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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.

Contact Nigel Porter at our Hertfordshire Office

Structural Strengthening

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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.

Contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

Hot Under the Collar

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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).

Contact John Hanlon at our Oxfordshire Office

Construction work commences on £24m development for MEPC

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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.

Contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire Office

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