Date: 28th November 2019

Curtins Host Inspiring Women’s Day for School Girls across Merseyside

Yesterday Curtins brought together 100 schoolgirls, from eight Merseyside schools, to hear seven women share their experiences working in male-dominated environments.

With contributions from Everton FC, EY, Brabners LLP and Curtins, the key messages were clear: You have choices, you have opportunities and you are enough.

Each company involved has an impressive track record of contributing to events in their communities that empower young women and promote social values. Collaborating on this event was something that resonated with the values of each organisation.

Commonwealth boxing champion, radio DJ and #PavetheWay founder Stacey Copeland hosted the event. She shared her experience of growing up in a sporting world when the female competition was illegal. Stacey’s passion and drive shine through in abundance, and she now tours the country delivering talks at schools to ensure attitudes to gender balance continue to change for the better.

Curtins Structural Engineer Niamh McCloskey spoke of her journey to engineering as a career choice, and the barriers she faced along the way. Niamh shared her view on the importance of role models; both looking for them, and the responsibility of being one.

Our speakers from Everton FC were Alison Haynes and Rachael Lomax. Alison is the Director of Tax at the football club and has had a long, varied and successful career in accountancy and taxation. She recalled several decades’ experience of encountering glass ceilings and the impact that had. She reminded the girls in the room how far things have come, highlighting their fortunate position having increased access to choice. Alison implored them not to waste that choice, and to pursue what is right for them.

Rachael gave a poignant speech about her journey to Everton FC where she is now the club’s Access Advisor. Rachael began her career as a Clinical Psychologist before a traumatic event led to her questioning whether that was how she wanted to spend the rest of her life. She went back to basics, worked out what sparked joy and realised she had to pursue her passion for helping people. Rachael spoke fervently about her current role and the impact she has on fans visiting Goodison, giving the students insight into a different side of football.

Michelle Mullany from EY talked about her experience working for a financial consultancy and having no direct role in finance herself. As a Business Development Manager, she encouraged the students to look beyond the obvious business roles and to have the confidence to pursue a job based on the skills they can bring to the role, not only the experience required. Michelle also recapped alternative routes to jobs beyond traditional degree access.

Brabners LLP is a law practice with nearly 100 years of history, but with a firm view on the future. Their contributors to the event were Joanne Radcliffe and Siu Yin Ho. Joanne focused on her experience overcoming challenges and succeeding in business as someone from an underprivileged background. She implored the girls to reject labels and instead create their own narrative and personal brand, suggesting that the skills they are picking up now can be applied to their future careers. Siu shared her journey into law; how she overcame various barriers to embark on a successful career in the legal profession as someone from a BAME background.

The day was one of positivity, encouragement and inspiration where each speaker brought a spark of something new, whilst echoing themes from others.

We hope that each student took something away with them. They may not recognise what resonated for a week, a year or even a decade after, but seeing what could be – through the eyes of some of the finest role models in industry – is a powerful message that Curtins were delighted to be able to deliver through this fantastic event.

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Curtins passes BSI Audit to maintain BIM certification

Date: 1st December 2020

Curtins passes BSI Audit to maintain BIM certification

Following assessment on 25th and 26th November, Curtins have passed the audit with the BSI to maintain our BSI BIM Kitemark certification.

Comprising a review of our internal management systems, developed tools and content, our processes were assessed against the ISO 19650:2018. A selection of our projects were also assessed against the clients’ requirements outlined in the project BIM Execution Plan (BEP).

The successful outcome of the audit once again recognises that we are successfully delivering projects in accordance with the BIM process; making us one of a small number of consultants in the industry who have attained this certification.

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Girls Network: Mentee enrols in PlacEd Academy

Date: 27th November 2020

Girls Network: Mentee enrols in PlacEd Academy

Sarah Griffin, business development assistant in our Liverpool office, has been mentoring a member of the Girls’ Network since January 2020. Just before the summer holidays (and with help from our Liverpool Technician, Sophie Foulkes), Sarah encouraged Mentee, Sophie from The Belvedere Academy to apply to the PlacED Academy. Her application was successful.

PlacED Academy is a social enterprise programme aimed at 14-18 year olds who are who are interested and inspired to begin a career in design, including architecture, interior design or construction design. The scheme is supported and partnered by construction industry businesses including FCH, Arup, FWP and Morgan Sindall.

Through the programme, Sophie had the opportunity to design a community hub in Liverpool and spend 5 weeks working with a group of five to learn about one of Liverpool’s most exciting developments – the Liverpool Waters Regeneration Developments; designing her own residential regeneration.

The PlacED Academy and mentoring experience is shaping Sophie’s future in the built environment, helping her elect towards a career in architecture.

For more information on becoming a mentor with Girl’s Network go to: https://www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk/become-a-mentor

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Niamh McCloskey represents IStructE at 2020 Professional Engineering Council Meeting

Date: 25th November 2020

Niamh McCloskey represents IStructE at 2020 Professional Engineering Council Meeting

We have the pleasure of working with some exceptional people. On Tuesday 24th November, Niamh McCloskey represented the The Institution of Structural Engineers as their young professional, by personal invitation, at the 2020 Professional Engineering Council Plenary Meeting.

Sitting in a room with 40 CEO’s from professional engineering institutions and 10 more young members, Niamh was part of Engineers Without Borders UK workshops and conversations around equality, diversity, sustainability, ethics and mental health. She’s a leading light in the progression of our industry, and we’re proud to work with her at Curtins.

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Head of IT, David Price discusses cyber security improvements with Barracuda

Date: 25th November 2020

Head of IT, David Price discusses cyber security improvements with Barracuda

Following an upgrade of Curtins’ email security from the native Office 365 suite to Barracuda’s Total Email Protection, Head of IT, David Price explains what this means for Curtins’ protection against cyber threats.

To read the Barracuda case study, click here.

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David Wiggins Presents at CARE Conference

Date: 20th November 2020

David Wiggins Presents at CARE Conference

CARE accredited Senior Engineer, David Wiggins is set to present on “How Lime Mortar Works” at the online CARE Conservation of Heritage Structures conference. Taking place across three consecutive evenings from 1-3 December, Wiggins’ webinar is scheduled for day three, 5.30pm. 

The conference will cover different aspects of conservation that are relevant to professionals working in the built environment. Four guest speakers and two CARE registrants will cover popular aspects of conservation. 

“How Lime Mortar Works” will summarise the recent developments in the understanding of lime mortar, clear up some myths on the topic and focus on the practical specification in the use of hot-mixed lime mortars.

More information and booking on the IStructE website here

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Curtins contributes to ICE’s UN75: Sustainable Engineering In Action

Date: 16th November 2020

Curtins contributes to ICE’s UN75: Sustainable Engineering In Action

To mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has created a commemorative album – UN75: Sustainable Engineering In Action.

Curtins are extremely proud to have collaborated with ICE and contributed a piece on Carbon-conscious engineering to the beautifully designed publication. The article discusses Curtins’ seven-step pathway to sustainability, created by technical director, Stephen Beggs.

UN75: Sustainable Engineering In Action charts the history of the UN and profiles its Sustainable Development Goals. It raises awareness of the vital need for sustainable development, highlighting the role that engineering has to play in finding solutions; presents a range of specific challenges and engineering solutions; and breaks down “siloed” thinking within engineering and beyond.

This book unifies ICE and the UN’s shared commitment to shaping a better future and addresses the challenges that lie ahead. To order a copy of the anniversary book, or for more information, please visit: www.un-75.org

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Curtins maintains Cyber Essentials Plus certification

Date: 16th November 2020

Curtins maintains Cyber Essentials Plus certification

We are pleased to announce that we have maintained our Cyber Essential Plus accreditation, following a recent reassessment. We first obtained the certification in 2019 to secure our IT network against cyber attack.

Cyber Essentials is a Government backed scheme that ensures Curtins can guard against the most common and current cyber threats facing the business on a daily basis.

Head of IT at Curtins, David Price comments: “Cyber Essentials Plus certification is an excellent step forward for Curtins’ network security, but cyber security remains to be everyone’s responsibility within the business. By no means does this mean we can be complacent. We will all continue to be vigilant against potential cyber threats.”

For more information on Cyber Essentials click here. 

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Report Launch: Future of the Workplace webinar

Date: 6th November 2020

Report Launch: Future of the Workplace webinar

ACE Emerging Professionals

Have you considered what the major issues might be facing the traditional workplace and what changing expectations of the next generation are?

On Wednesday 11th November from 12.00-1.30pm, Rebecca King, Head of Learning and Development at Curtins, plus other emerging professionals and stakeholders, explored this issue and discussed how we can build more welcoming, productive, healthy and flexible workplaces post-COVID.

Hosted by Georgia Hughes, Chair of ACE Emerging Professionals, she was joined by Mark Naysmith, Lesley Hume and Jordan McGlacken of WSP, as well as Simon Innes of Goodson Associates, Martin Silvester of Arcadis, Nikhita Kumar of Department for International Trade and Rebecca King of Curtins.

Construction Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP delivered the keynote introduction at the event.

To catch up on the webinar and view the report click here.

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Curtins Podium Live – How to Unlock Site Value Through Effective Due Diligence

Date: 3rd November 2020

Curtins Podium Live – How to Unlock Site Value Through Effective Due Diligence

Thursday 26th November, 11.00-11.45

We are delighted to announce the next instalment of our Curtins Podium Live webinars, which will be on How to Unlock Site Value Through Effective Due Diligence.

Registration is FREE – Book Online here.

In this Podium webinar, three senior specialists from Curtins’ transport planning, geo-environmental and infrastructure teams will take you through the steps that can be taken to unlock site constraints and realise land value potential in the pre-planning phases, by identifying and minimising risks.

Today, sites are more constrained and challenging than ever before. Development and planning issues are becoming more complex and require greater expertise and experience to identify issues, maximise financial return, manage liabilities, reassure investors and ultimately deliver the optimum solutions. This webinar will demonstrate how this can be achieved through a unified approach across transport planning, geo-environmental, infrastructure, structural engineering services and the rest of the design team (you!).

Curtins’ Podium live series embraces the culture founded by Bill Curtin of sharing expertise and prompting conversations in the construction industry.

How to Unlock Site Value will be presented by Head of Geo-environmental North, Matthew Lomas, Head of Infrastructure South, Tom Leake and Transport Planning Associate, Carl Peers. They will each share insight into how site potential was assessed for viable and cost-effective developments or to support land transactions, drawing on their own experiences with challenging project examples.

The Podium talk will include a Q&A at the end and we invite you to share your thoughts and questions with our panel. You will be able to submit your questions during the webinar through the chat box, or you can send them ahead of the event to events@curtins.com and we’ll do our best to cover as many as we can.

This webinar is part of a series of Curtins CPDs. Click here for more information and to watch previous episodes.

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