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280-apartment build-to-rent scheme in Sheffield approved

Date: 17th August 2018

280-apartment build-to-rent scheme in Sheffield approved

The green light has been given to Panacea Property Development this week to develop over 280 build-to-rent flats at the Well Meadow regeneration development in Sheffield.

The new development is the penultimate phase of the development and will include two buildings with a total of 284 residential built-to-rent apartments.

We are thrilled to be engineers on the project, with architects MCAU & Leach Rhodes Walker and Zerum as planning consultant and project manager.

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Plans for new Euro Garages service station in Merseyside

Date: 16th August 2018

Plans for new Euro Garages service station in Merseyside

Blackburn based company Euro Garages has put together plans for a new service station in Merseyside.

The plans include a 5,100 sq ft petrol station, two drive through restaurants and a coffee shop on land next to Junction 1 of the M58 near Maghull.

EG Group is one of the fastest growing companies in the North West of England, with the firm recently completing a multi-million expansion in the US.

Ran by brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa, the company completed its £1.53bn acquisition of 762 convenience stores in the states from Kroger Co.

We are very proud to have provided a range of services, from Geotechnical and Transport Planning to Structural Engineering, on various Euro Garages projects – most recently the firm’s Headquarters in Blackburn.

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Chorley Council grant planning permission for Botany Bay redevelopment

Date: 16th August 2018

Chorley Council grant planning permission for Botany Bay redevelopment

FI Real Estate Management (FIREM) have secured planning permission to create a retail outlet village, 288 homes and 300,000 sq ft of logistics space at the Botany Bay site in Chorley.

Four separate outline planning applications were submitted by FIREM for the 91-acre M61 site, described by the developer as a project of “national and regional significance”.

The projects within the masterplan include:

  • 300,00sqft of industrial employment and office space
  • The retention & refurbishment of Botany Bay – potentially to house a mix of retail, food and beverage and commercial units, or a hotel.
  • A new pedestrian street featuring as many as 70 retail units, principally targeted at designer outlets, and covering a total of 250,000sqft, with a public realsm facing the Liverpool-Leeds canal.
  • FI Real Estate is also proposing housing across two plots – a 12-acre site to the south is set to include 100 homes, whilst a 17.4-acre plot to the east of the site is set to include 188 homes.

We are extremely proud to have provided Transport Planning services on this fantastic project.

For further information on our Transport Planning services, see here.

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Curtins to take part in ‘London/Paris 24 Hour Cycle Challenge’

Date: 15th August 2018

Curtins to take part in ‘London/Paris 24 Hour Cycle Challenge’

This Friday (17th August) a team of avid cyclists from Curtins will take part in the grueling 270km London to Paris cycle challenge – attempted in just 24 hours!!

As a business, we are committed to enriching the lives of families, individuals and communities through opportunities designed to help people reach their fullest potential – the embodiment of Curtins Care, our in-house charity initiative. This year we are proud to do this by raising money and awareness for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) through various fundraising events.

The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK, however every day hundreds of people still lose their lives. It is only thanks to support from people like you that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures.

All donations are greatly appreciated and can be made via the team’s Just Giving page. Thank you for your support!

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thinkBIM – High Speed Digital Conference

Date: 14th August 2018

thinkBIM – High Speed Digital Conference

We are very excited to announce that Richard Osbond and Lee Barnett from our Leeds office will be giving talks at the next thinkBIM conference, which takes place at the state of the art National College for High Speed Rail, Doncaster, in September.

Alongside various other speakers from the industry, Richard and Lee will discuss the digital role of structural engineers and Curtins’ journey to BIM Level 2 Verification by BSI at the award winning facility, on which we provided a number of engineering services.

The event takes place on Wednesday 19th September, and will include:

  • Tours of the facility (the winner of the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Project of the Year – Buildings Award).
  • BIM focussed industry update.
  • Round Table Discussion sessions – your chance to debate the critical issues further.
  • The infamous last session – known for offering something a little different from your average conference closer!

For further details and to book, click here.

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Plans lodged for second phase of Royal Liver Building renovations

Date: 8th August 2018

Plans lodged for second phase of Royal Liver Building renovations

Plans have been put forward for the second phase of renovations at the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool.

The plans include proposals a restaurant, office space, a gym/cycle facilities and a new visitor attraction, in an attempt to bring the iconic grade I-listed site into the 21st century.

The visitor attraction will open up the building to the public for the first time and will be designed, delivered and operated by Heritage Great Britain – in partnership with Corestate.

If approved the project will be delivered in phases during the first half of 2019.

We are very pleased to be working on the scheme as structural and civil engineers, along with architecture firm Corstophine + Wright and heritage adviser Peter de Figueiredo.

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Work started on £20M Edge Lane scheme

Date: 7th August 2018

Work started on £20M Edge Lane scheme

We are pleased to see that work on Liverpool Mutual Homes’ Edge Lane development has now started.

We are providing Civil & Structural Engineering, Transport Planning and Environmental services on the £20m project, known as the Approach, which will include 107 one, two and three-bed apartments with an ensuite in the master bedroom. A further 38 contemporary two- and three-bedroom houses will offer off-road parking and enclosed gardens.

It is anticipated that homes at The Approach will be available from 2019.

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Shortlisted for “Consultancy of the Year” at Insider Property Industry Awards Yorkshire

Date: 3rd August 2018

Shortlisted for “Consultancy of the Year” at Insider Property Industry Awards Yorkshire

Curtins are extremely pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for “Consultancy of the Year” at this year’s Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards.

We will now be joined by other businesses who are also shaping the built environment at a black tie event in September that showcases the best of the property industry.

Good luck to all other nominees!

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Curtins shortlisted for Consultancy of the Year at Education Estates Awards

Date: 2nd August 2018

Curtins shortlisted for Consultancy of the Year at Education Estates Awards

We are extremely proud to announce that we have been shortlisted at this years’ Education Estates Awards!

We have been nominated for Consultancy of the Year based on our work in both the Higher Education and Schools sectors.

We’re also very pleased to see that four projects we worked on have also been nominated:

National College for High Speed Rail Doncaster and University of York Piazza Building have made it into the shortlist for “Project of the Year”, while the Brownlee Centre at Leeds University & Leeds University Union Upgrade have been shortlisted for “Refurbishment of the Year”.

We now look forward to the awards ceremony, as well as the Education Estates Conference, in October!

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Brougham Castle Bridge shortlisted for IStructE Award

Date: 1st August 2018

Brougham Castle Bridge shortlisted for IStructE Award

We are very pleased to announce that Brougham Castle Bridge in Penrith, Cumbria – a project on which our Conservation and Heritage team worked on – has been shortlisted for The Award for Structural Heritage’.

The project involved the repair and rebuild of a flood damaged three span, 45m sandstone ashlar masonry arch bridge built in 1812, and featured major temporary works with cross-pier bracing and hydraulic jacking. Repairs used geologically matched stone and compatibly designed lime mortar, while the design solution used the latest innovative techniques to strengthen and build-in resilience to future floods.

What the judges had to say:

This partially collapsed 200 year old old Grade II listed masonry arch bridge has been repaired following storm flood damage in 2005, extensively scouring one of the piers. During the investigation, it was discovered that the bridge was founded on scour-sensitive materials. The global stability was analysed to understand the new load paths. Foundation stability was restored by means of a temporary cofferdam, underpinning concrete and resin binding of the granular riverbed material, before work began on the superstructure. The barrel vaults had to be unloaded and exposed to restore their shape and original load transfer, before replacing the road surface. The entire construction phase was constrained to a 75 day window due to the river authority’s requirements.

The judges were impressed by the delicate and pure nature of the repair work, honouring the original materiality. The replaced stonework was obtained from salvaged, re-used or locally sourced geologically identical stone, and sand-blasted to encourage weathering. Over time, the new stone and mortar’s appearance will begin to resemble the original. As a result, the bridge’s age and sensitive repair are reflected in its restoration.

We now look forward to the awards on Friday 16 November at iconic London venue, The Brewery. Fingers crossed!!!

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