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Constructing Excellence in North East Awards 2017

Date: 28th March 2017

Constructing Excellence in North East Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that two of our projects have been shortlisted in the Constructing Excellence in The North East Awards 2017.

The awards are a celebration of everything in the North East’s Built Environment and is regarded as one of the most prestigious in the regions construction sector. It is the thirteenth annual ceremony and the submission calibre is higher than ever.

The winners are to be announced on Friday 16th June  and our two projects that have made the shortlist are: The Word, South Shields- in both the ‘Value’ category and the ‘Project of the Year’ category. As well as the PSBP, Priority Schools Building ProgrammeNorth East Schools also in the ‘Project of the Year’ Category.

 

 

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NCE100 Companies of the Year 2017 Awards

Date: 20th March 2017

NCE100 Companies of the Year 2017 Awards

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted at the New Civil Engineer (NCE) Awards 2017 in the Best Place to Work category.

The NCE100 Awards are the only awards to rank and reward businesses that showcase and inspire Civil Engineering.

Curtins have been shortlisted in Best Place to Work due to our demonstrable commitment to staff engagement.

The awards are based on a rigorous judging process with face-to-face judges as well as employer and employee feedback.

Rob Melling our Chief Executive adds: “It’s fantastic that we have made it to the shortlist of this prestigious award, and that we are recognised as somewhere that invests in our employees, creating the type of environment that rewards our staff.”

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ACE Consulting & Engineering Awards 2017

Date: 16th March 2017

ACE Consulting & Engineering Awards 2017

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Consultancy & Engineering Awards 2017 (ACE Awards). The awards showcase success and best practice for the engineering and consultancy community.

With over 100 submissions entered this year’s awards were the most competitive yet.

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. We are so pleased that the focus of our efforts has been recognised by being shortlisted for this prestigious award.”

The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of 7 June at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London where over 300 people will come together to recognise best practice and celebrate success within the natural and built environment.

 

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National Apprenticeship Week

Date: 10th March 2017

National Apprenticeship Week

Here at Curtins we believe in the importance of developing and encouraging young talent, which is why we host a range of apprenticeships.

We now have 14 apprentices currently learning and working at Curtins in a variety of schemes, from Technician Apprentices in Transport Planning and Civil & Structural to Administration Apprenticeships.

The apprenticeship schemes offer a mixture of both hands on practical experience as well as learning in a traditional environment. Apprentices will gain a BTEC Level 3 Diploma, and as of September ’17 we will be launching Degree Apprenticeships.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week we spoke to Erin Callaghan- a Technician Apprentice, to gain an insight into a typical day of a Curtins apprentice and how the apprenticeship benefits him.

Erin adds: ‘A day in the life of a Curtins Apprentice varies greatly depending on the task. Typically, I will be working with AutoCAD or Revit, either drafting or 3D modelling designs. One day I could be modelling the foundations of a £30 million project and the next I will be drafting an external works drawing for our civils team regarding a small storage shed.’

Erin notes, ‘doing exams and assignments aren’t a good indicator of the knowledge I have achieved from being in the workplace. Spending time around knowledgeable people in the office has proved invaluable and more beneficial than any course I could have taken.’

In the future Erin hopes to become a fully qualified technician for Curtins and achieve his EngTech. Erin Callaghan_NottinghamHe also wants to continue learning more about specific subjects such as; reinforced concrete and masonry works.

Curtins have a strong history of investing and nurturing young talent. Our current Chief Executive Rob Melling started off as an apprentice before progressing through the company.

Our Founder Bill Curtin believed:

“Youngsters can run this company. All they need is a guiding hand, to be encouraged, enthused, and then to be given their heads.” 

If you’re interested in an Apprenticeship please contact us directly at: recruitment@curtins.com

 

 

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Join Us At MIPIM

Date: 9th March 2017

Join Us At MIPIM

 

Tim Bingham, Director at our Liverpool office will be presenting ‘Knowledge of the Past, Vision for the Future’ at Liverpool’s City stand during this year’s MIPIM Conference. Join us to hear more about this fascinating look at the city both above and below the ground, covering Curtins’ 60 year heritage, experience and knowledge of Liverpool, at: 11:30am on Wednesday 15th March at the ‘It’s Liverpool’ Stand– R7 G2.

This is our thirteenth year at the international property conference where 14 delegates will attend from across our national business.

Click here to see the short video of who will be attending this year.

 

 

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Leeds Architecture Awards 2016

Date: 7th March 2017

Leeds Architecture Awards 2016

Great news for our Leeds Office, who received two overall category wins and a Highly Commended award at the Leeds Architecture Awards 2016. The Leeds Architecture Awards, are a celebration of excellence in architectural design, recognising and rewarding innovation, sustainability and team work.

Bowcliffe Hall, The Blackburn Wing won ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘New Building’ Category and was also awarded the winner of the ‘Young People’s Review’.

Whilst The Printworks Campus at Leeds City College won in the ‘Altered Building’ Category.

 

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Pall Mall Exchange, Liverpool

Date: 24th February 2017

Pall Mall Exchange, Liverpool

We are delighted to have been successful in securing the next major office development in Liverpool with CTP and Kier Property, and the other team members including: Allies & Morrison, Gardiner & Theobald, and Ernest Griffiths.

This latest success follows a ten-year involvement with the site by our Design Director, Kev Mitchell and his long term involvement with CTP whilst delivering the St Paul’s Heart of the city project in Sheffield, which was the model for the Pall Mall presentation. We were also able to offer the benefit of our extensive knowledge of the prevailing sub-structures gleaned from our involvement with the redevelopment of Exchange Station/Mercury Court in the 1980s’, and more recently the design and construction of City Square on Tithebarn Street. Our structural mitigation for this complex site, with many constraints, resulted in the greatest contribution to develop-able footprint of all the bids.

A great success and potentially six to eight years of work for the team.

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The Times 100 Best Companies To Work For

Date: 24th February 2017

The Times 100 Best Companies To Work For

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded 17th out of 100 Best Companies to Work For by The Times!

This is a fantastic achievement considering the competition and calibre of the other organisations who applied.

The Times Best Companies is a prestigious annual event which showcases the best in
workplace engagement. The list ranks Britain’s best companies based on a number of criteria including surveys on staff satisfaction.

The eight categories we we were assessed on included:

  • My Manager
  • Leadership
  • My Company
  • Personal Growth
  • My Team
  • Giving Something back
  • Fair Deal
  • Well being

Last year we came in at 34th, so to improve our position by 17 places is phenomenal and reflects our company and staff’s commitment to improving the business.

Jonathan Austin, founder and chief executive of Best Companies added:

“Competition for talent is more intense than ever right now. Being identified as one of the very best organisations to work for is what will set you apart from the rest. More importantly, it demonstrates that your business is one that cares about and values its employees.”

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Curtins Presents – A Right Good Douze at Mipim 2017

Date: 22nd February 2017

Curtins Presents – A Right Good Douze at Mipim 2017

Click the image to view who’s attending Mipim this year.

Mipim 2017

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Award Winning Vijay Patel Building, De Montfort University

Date: 22nd February 2017

Award Winning Vijay Patel Building, De Montfort University

The Vijay Patel Building at De Montfort University has recently been awarded in the 2016 Civic Society Awards for Architecture. Winning the Society’s 2016 Award for New Build, complimenting the Historic Built Environment of the City of Leicester.

The panel were ‘Extremely impressed with the large building and it’s modern design, which is in scale and harmony with it’s historic surroundings’.

The building’s design is split into three areas; The Arts Tower, The Design Wing and The Food Court. Offering sector-leading facilities to students covering the full spectrum of visual arts, design and architecture.

With an Ecofurbishment approach we provided Structural and Civil services to the award winning project.