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

Flood Modelling

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With planning policy steering new development towards areas at the lowest risk of flooding, it is crucial that the extent of flooding risk is established accurately. Published flood mapping is often produced to a low degree of accuracy. This can suggest land is at a higher risk of flooding than may be the case in reality, restricting potential development opportunities and posing considerable difficulties in securing planning permission.

We have recently invested in state-of-the-art computer software and have developed the capability to undertake 1D and 2D flood modelling. Using primarily ISIS and TUFLOW software we can produce models to accurately establish and understand the extent of flood risk, which allows us to unlock sites for development.

For further information please contact John Birch at our Oxfordshire Office

The Welding Institute, Cambridgeshire

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Glanville has recently prepared a detailed design and construction contract for the enabling works at The Welding Institute (TWI) in Cambridgeshire.  This forms 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.

This development will mark the completion of a 15-year programme to replace and update its research facilities.  The project consists of the demolition of 12,000m2 of buildings constructed from the 1950s to the 1970s and the construction of 25,000m2 of new engineering laboratories and offices. 

For further information please contact Nigel Porter at our Hertfordshire Office

Grenfell Park, Taplow

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Work has started on a 60-unit residential scheme in Taplow being developed by Taylor Wimpey.  Glanville advised on highways, transport, flood risk and surface water drainage at planning stage, and our input was instrumental in securing permission from both local planning authorities - the site spans the boundary between Slough and South Bucks.  We were subsequently appointed to undertake detailed civil and structural engineering design work as well as to secure statutory approvals for roads, drains and associated flood alleviation works.

For further information contact Kevin Rayner at our Oxfordshire office


Spring Breakfast

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Our Didcot office hosted its Spring Breakfast today, which was attended by 11 members of the management team from both offices and over 50 guests and brought together a mix of clients and other construction professionals at Milton Hill House Hotel in Steventon, Oxfordshire. The networking event built on the success of previous gatherings held bi-annually in the spring and autumn.

The event provided the ideal opportunity for us to launch the Spring 2013 edition of the Glanville Newsletter, and also to publicise our new website which went live earlier this week.

For further information contact John Birch at our Oxfordshire office

In the Zone

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Glanville is providing civil and structural engineering design services to MEPC for its new £15 million office development at Milton Park, Oxfordshire. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said “Economic growth is this government’s top priority and Enterprise Zones are the engine room of that strategy. They are a fantastic way to attract the jobs and business investment that local areas need. MEPC is showing that is true in the Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone by starting construction of its largest office development at Milton Park for over 10 years."

For further information contact Bryan Murray at our Oxfordshire office

Grand Design by the Water

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We have provided structural engineering design services for a bespoke, private house fronting the River Thames in Shiplake.  The “House by the Water” occupies a very narrow site and includes a partial basement adjacent to the river that extends below water level.  Part of the superstructure was constructed using insulated formwork to form a central drum with the remaining cantilever structure completed with steel sway frames and timber construction, to create the unusual form of this exciting and innovative building. The project was filmed for the Channel 4 series Grand Designs, broadcast in October 2012.

For further information contact John French at our Oxfordshire office

All Hands on Deck

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Our surveying team has recently been undertaking some interesting surveying projects for vessel-based applications, and it has become clear that accurate CAD data is not available for many marine craft.  As a result, the team have been developing their laser scanning capability to deliver fast and accurate models of these typically complex geometries in order to facilitate internal refits, restoration and / or design. A recent project involved the full scanning and production of CAD models of the internal structure of a riverboat based on the River Thames.

For further information contact John Hallett-Jones at our Oxfordshire office

Queen Anne’s Bed

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Working on behalf of Historic Royal Palaces to preserve our nation’s history, our Geomatics team has recently captured high resolution imagery of Queen Anne’s four-poster bed.  Dating from around 1714, the bed is a fantastic example of the period with decorative cornicing and textiles. Every part of the bed was photographed and rectified in order to produce a digital montage of the timber components and textiles.

For further information contact Chris Edge at our Oxfordshire office