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Curtins Bring Record Breaking LEGO Bridge to Liverpool

Date: 21st July 2017

Curtins Bring Record Breaking LEGO Bridge to Liverpool

Curtins are excited to announce they are supporting the ICE’s big initiative to encourage young people into engineering, by bringing the world’s biggest LEGO bridge to Liverpool. The bridge is to be assembled at The Capital Building on Old Hall Street on the 9th and 10th of August and will be opened to the public on 11th August.

The Guinness World Record-holding bridge, designed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), will stand 3 metres tall, with a span of 31 metres – almost the length of three Liverpool double-decker buses end-to-end. More than 200,000 individual LEGO bricks weighing altogether three-quarters of a tonne will go into its construction.  It was originally built and given the Guinness World Record in September 2016 in London but now this fantastic feat of engineering is coming to Liverpool.

Curtins endeavour to inspire young talent and the ICE’s LEGO bridge will be a superb attraction to come and see and get involved with this summer!

Darrell Matthews, North West Regional Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), said:

“It’s LEGO and it’s fun, but also some of the children who come to marvel at this bridge will perhaps start to think about becoming a civil engineer one day – when they’ll get the chance to build real bridges like the new Mersey Gateway, or roads, tunnels, railways, tramways, energy systems and all the other infrastructure that literally shapes the world.”

Bill Addy, chief executive of the Liverpool BID Company, said:

“We didn’t hesitate in seizing this opportunity to host the amazing ICE world record LEGO bridge in the Commercial District. From children to adults, LEGO is universal in its appeal – and this will surely be one of the must-visit attractions in the city. Our levy payers – including many wonderful shops, cafés and restaurants in and around Old Hall Street will benefit hugely from the increased footfall that the project will generate, and the local business community in the area will have a new place to visit during lunch break! We are very excited for construction to begin and seeing the finished bridge in all its glory!”

This initiative is also in partnership with our fellow sponsors Crouch Waterfall, Kier, Walkers SIME and Liverpool BID Company.

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National College for High Speed Rail wins ‘Digital Construction’ Award

Date: 18th July 2017

National College for High Speed Rail wins ‘Digital Construction’ Award

We are pleased to announce that the National College for High Speed Rail – a project we worked on with Willmott Dixon and Bond Bryan Architects – won the ‘Digital Construction’ Award at the Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire & Humber Awards earlier this month. Congratulations to all the team!

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Curtins on Panel for Place North West Event

Date: 29th June 2017

Curtins on Panel for Place North West Event

Our Technical Director Alex Vogt was delighted to be on the panel for the recent Place North West Logistics, Industrial, and Infrastructure event, alongside other experts in this exciting sector.

Over 100 people gathered at the event in Manchester this week to discuss how the change in market trends is changing the sector. For more information on the discussion topic please click here.

Alex commented: “it was great to be part of the panel for this event, giving us the opportunity to share our thoughts on the sector, and also hearing the views of other experts from all parts of the industry. This rounds off an excellent year for us working in partnership with Place North West, having previously sponsored the Merseyside, Cumbria, Offices, and PRS events.”

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Prince Edward Opens Everton’s People’s Hub

Date: 27th June 2017

Prince Edward Opens Everton’s People’s Hub

It’s not everyday you get to have lunch in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex but that’s where Tim Bingham and Mark Webber from our Liverpool office spent their Friday; at the official opening of Everton’s People’s Hub.

The EITC Community Hub – also known as ‘The People’s Hub’, is the home of Everton FC’s official charity, which creates an innovative ‘community campus’ that meets the needs of all members of the local community.

This is a project that our Liverpool office was involved in and so were privileged to receive the invite, to celebrate it’s opening.

 

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Curtins Birmingham Office Supporting Young Talent

Date: 20th June 2017

Curtins Birmingham Office Supporting Young Talent

Curtins has always been an advocate of encouraging young talent and likes to support it’s staff in doing so. Alison from our Birmingham office is a STEM Ambassador and passionate about encouraging young people to choose a career in structural engineering. So when she received an email to be part of the Scale Rule Group; taking forward a scheme previously carried out in London, she jumped at the chance.

Scale Rule are a group of engineers, architects and designers in London that share a drive to promote public engagement in the built environment. They are a community interest company that run workshops for school children, to help them gain an understanding of the impact the industry has on the world they live in. This is their second year designing and building a pavilion for Clerkenwell Design week, with the help of local school children. This time they wanted to take it a step further and spread the word to other cities, which led them to Birmingham.

Alison learnt of the scheme through IStructE and attended the London workshop back in February; to see how things were done and bring her experience back to Birmingham. The Birmingham team consist of seven members from ARUP, Intervention Architecture and AKS Ward. As a group they have successfully set up a workshop location and negotiated the pavilion to be part of the Birmingham Big Weekender in September.

The weekend workshop sees the students working in teams to design a pavilion to a set brief. They receive lectures in engineering, architecture, sustainability and have a site visit to the proposed location. They carry out sketches, make to scale models and present their design to a group of industry professionals, who will do the judging. The winning design is then developed by the Scale Rule team and constructed with the help of the students.

Alison comments:

‘The students are so creative, they have great imaginations and aren’t restricted to think in a certain way. It’s a rewarding process, you put effort in and in return you see a finished product, knowing that the students have had fun and learnt something along the way. I get to share what I do on a day to day basis with them, hopefully persuading a few of them to make a career in the industry at the same time’.

Alison and the team help, support each other and use their combined skills and contacts to organise a truly inspirational event for the students. So if you know of any year 9 and 10 students in the Birmingham area that would like to get involved please click here to register to find out more. Registration closes 25th June 2017.

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Swansea Central Project Approved

Date: 9th June 2017

Swansea Central Project Approved

Our Cardiff office have had their outline plans approved by the Council for this £500m redevelopment scheme, which will be on the site of the former St David’s shopping centre.

Curtins have been appointed  structural engineer on the Swansea Central project and are working in partnership with Rivington Land and ACME, with a hope to begin work in Summer 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the development, please click here.

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Curtins Win Best UK Business Performance at ACE Awards

Date: 8th June 2017

Curtins Win Best UK Business Performance at ACE Awards

We are so proud to have been awarded Best UK Business Performance (Large Firm) at last nights Consultancy & Engineering Awards 2017 (ACE Awards). The awards showcase success and best practice for the engineering and consultancy community and with this years’ awards being the most competitive yet, we are delighted to have been recognised amongst all those that entered.

Our CEO Rob Melling comments, “Our growing business continues to thrive through investment, our staff’s training and development, launching new offices and growing our market share in existing sectors. It is fantastic that our efforts have been recognised by this prestigious award and look forward to the continued growth of our company.”

The awards ceremony took place last night at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London, where over 300 people came together to celebrate success within the natural and built environment.

 

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Curtins Launches Graduate Prize with the AJ

Date: 25th May 2017

Curtins Launches Graduate Prize with the AJ

Today sees the launch of our AJ/Curtins Graduate Prize 2017, a fantastic opportunity to celebrate young talent in architecture. This is our third year of awarding the prize, which recognises graduates who have made a significant impact on an architecture practice’s business or is demonstrating good business sense on an independent project.

Encouraging and supporting young talent has always been at the forefront for Curtins – Our founder Bill Curtin hand-picked graduates from his college course to start the business with him believing: “Youngsters can run this company. All they need is a guiding hand, to be encouraged, enthused, and then to be given their heads.” Today our Curtins Academy helps graduates achieve their professional qualifications, with our first set of 16 graduates applying for their qualifications by the end of the year.

This ethos hasn’t been more evident than through Paul Menzies, who joined Curtins as a graduate in 1996 and is now an Executive Director of the business.
‘From my own experience every voice [at Curtins] is heard and you never feel like you are “just a graduate”.’

The call for entries is now open and runs until 1st September. The finalists will be announced at an event held by the Architect’s Journal in November.

please click here to enter

 

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Stockport Exchange wins Public/Private Partnership of the Year

Date: 17th May 2017

Stockport Exchange wins Public/Private Partnership of the Year

Congratulations to Muse Developments and Stockport Council who have been awarded ‘Public/Private Partnership of the Year’ for their work delivering the major regeneration scheme, Stockport Exchange, at this year’s Insider North West Property Awards.

Industry leaders gathered to celebrate North West’s achievements over the past 12 months, at the prestigious awards ceremony held at Manchester Central on 11 May 2017.

Curtins advised Muse on the Civils & Structures, Transport Planning and Infrastructure and are proud to be part of such an important project for Stockport.

For more information on the project please click here.

 

 

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Everton in the Community Hub Nominated for an LABC Award

Date: 16th May 2017

Everton in the Community Hub Nominated for an LABC Award

Everton for the Community Hub opening on Spellow Lane  near Goodison Park

Curtins are delighted to announce that one of our projects, The EITC Community Hub has been nominated for an LABC Building Excellence Award.

The EITC Community Hub – also known as ‘The People’s Hub’, is the home of Everton FC’s official charity, which creates an innovative ‘community campus’ that meets the needs of all members of the local community.

The award ceremony will take place on Friday the 19th May 2017 at the Emirates Old Trafford and is the largest business to business awards in the UK, recognising quality in all types of building projects.

The LABC network covers all local authorities in England and Wales. It is split into 12 regions, with regional winners in each category being automatically shortlisted for the LABC Grand Finals, which are held in London.

Well done to all those involved and fingers crossed for the results!