Date: 21st February 2020

Curtins storm up the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies List

Coming in at Number 28, Curtins jumped 13 places in the Sunday Times Top 100 companies to work for at a glamorous ceremony in London’s Battersea Evolution last night.

This is the fifth year Curtins have been recognised in the list, seen as one of the most prestigious compilations of businesses in the UK from across all industries in medium and large size categories.

The List recognises businesses that go above and beyond to engage with their staff and provide an employee experience that has them at the centre.

From company holiday lodges available to all staff to use free of charge, to birthday holidays, to a comprehensive learning and development programme to mental health first aiders in each offices, Curtins has proved once again that it is among the best places to work.

Rob Melling, CEO comments: “I am just as proud today as I was when we first entered the list in 2015. This is an incredible achievement and one we should each share in at Curtins. Employee engagement is not something that is ever done, you don’t ‘tick the box’. It is constantly evolving and I am committed to continuing the work in maintaining the unique culture at Curtins, where each employee matters.”

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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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Climate Crisis Webinar Series

Date: 27th October 2020

Climate Crisis Webinar Series

Coordinated Action Across Construction

Wednesday 25 November 2020 11:00am

The Central Scotland Branch of Women in Property is launching a trilogy of expert webinars on how to make a meaningful impact to carbon reduction in the built environment, from Structural Engineering, M&E and Contractor professionals.

The trilogy commences on 25th November, 11am with structural engineer Stephen Beggs, Technical Director at Curtins. He will discuss why we need to act, compare our personal and professional carbon impacts, demonstrate the tools Curtins has developed to measure carbon and set out 7 practical steps for reducing carbon impact.

Details of the future webinars in the series will be released by Women in Property in the coming weeks.

For more information and registration please visit the Women in Property website here.