Date: 15th March 2018

Curtins supports the Year of Engineering

The Government has recognised 2018 as being The Year of Engineering and is working with industry leaders to promote Engineering as a career choice. This has invigorated our existing commitment to encourage and inspire young people into this profession.

This ethos has always been a significant part of the way we do things here at Curtins – as Bill our founder once said: “Youngsters can run this company. All they need is a guiding hand, to be encouraged, enthused, and then to be given their heads.”

We believe that challenging the stereotypes that surround what a ‘typical engineer’ looks like and the pathway to becoming one will help to open it up as a desirable career of choice. We are supporting this government initiative by focussing our efforts on educating parents, teachers, as well as young people to how exciting and diverse a career in engineering can be. We want to inspire the next generation to become engineers and together help shape the world around us.

This year will see us collaborate closely with schools across the country to enlighten and instigate change. We will be regularly updating our social media outlets with our progress and for more information on the Year of Engineering visit: https://www.yearofengineering.gov.uk/about

To kick start the conversation, watch this video of our CEO Rob Melling talking about the Year of Engineering.

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Julie Kyle becomes an Association of Women in Property Committee Member

Date: 14th January 2019

Julie Kyle becomes an Association of Women in Property Committee Member

As we look ahead in 2019 and to our priority for gender inclusion in management and leadership roles at Curtins, we are thrilled that Julie Kyle from our Glasgow Office has recently been appointed as an Association of Women in Property Committee Member in the Central Scotland branch.

Women in Property is committed to creating opportunities for knowledge, progression and change for women working in the property and construction industry. We have long been advocates of the Association and this year we will be continuing our regional sponsorship of the Central Scotland branch. We also look forward to participating in the national initiatives, work placements and student awards, as well as the two-way learning and support Julie’s post will bring.

You can visit the Women in Property website by clicking here.

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The Vulnerability and Management of Masonry Arch Bridges subject to Major Storm Events

Date: 11th January 2019

The Vulnerability and Management of Masonry Arch Bridges subject to Major Storm Events

We’re delighted that our Senior Engineer and conservation specialist, David Wiggins has been invited to present on the structural repair of scour-damaged masonry arch bridges at Ulster University on Wednesday 16 January.

Following the severe flooding in 2015 that devastated areas of Cumbria, David was instrumental in the assessment, emergency propping and repair of several historic bridges across the county, including the Grade II listed Brougham Castle Bridge near Penrith.

David will present his research, findings and experience at Ulster University’s Workshop Exploring the Vulnerability and Management of Masonry Arch Bridge subject to Major Storm Events.

Working in cooperation with Colorado State University, Ulster has been exploring the impact of flooding on the stability of masonry arch bridges. These historic structures are typically constructed on shallow foundations and in many cases, the nature, size and form of the bridge substructure are unknown. The salient finding from the current study is that the stability and performance of these bridges are readily threatened by major storm occurrences. The recent flooding in Cumbria and later in Northern Ireland in 2018 has demonstrated that large return period storms are a potential threat to the general public and pose major challenges to stakeholder organisations charged with “future proofing” the national infrastructure. The workshop will explore vulnerability and management of masonry arch bridges. Find out more here.

You can watch a video of David explaining the damage and repair works to Brougham Castle Bridge by clicking here.

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Billboard – a focus on Leeds

Date: 19th December 2018

Billboard – a focus on Leeds

The latest issue of our Billboard magazine focuses on Leeds; Student Accommodation, as well as Diversity, Recognition & Project News. Click here to read.

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Curtins Promotions 2019

Date: 18th December 2018

Curtins Promotions 2019

We have experienced yet another successful year, which has seen business milestones reached, further targets set, as well as individuals continuing to progress and develop in their careers at Curtins. We are pleased to announce the following promotions, which will come into effect from January 1st 2019.

Technical Director:
David Sandbrook will take the position of Technical Director in Manchester and will be responsible for key aspects of the management of Manchester’s civils and structures business unit. David has been at Curtins for ten years and has worked on some of our most interesting and challenging projects such as the multi-award winning Number One Riverside in Rochdale and the current Circle Square development.

Associates:
Affan Nagori, Dean Saxton and Matt Lomas will be promoted to Associates.

Affan is a member of our Civil and Structures team in Manchester and has built strong relationships with both clients and colleagues in his eight and a half years in the business. This promotion is in recognition of his increased responsibility in team management and project delivery and wider contribution across the office and the company.

Dean has been responsible for the management of the Civil and Structures engineering team in Cardiff in 2018. He has grown the team and secured new projects across different sectors with a new client base and built a strong and robust Business Plan for continued growth in 2019.

Matt has been with Curtins just three years but in that time has made a significant impact on the EBU team by expanding our client base and service offering, with significant commissions secured with Harworth Estates and Leeds University. He has been promoted to reflect the extra responsibility and wider contribution he has made across the business unit.

Digital Delivery Manager:
Lee Barnett is promoted to Digital Delivery Manager. Lee has played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of our digital delivery policies, protocols and processes across the company which in addition to developing company best practice and generating operational efficiencies, has led to our BiM level 2 accreditation in 2018. Lee continues to develop our digital delivery strategy to create further efficiencies across the business and represent us in the wider industry on various platforms.

All of these individuals embody our Curtins’ values and promote the ethos of the company in the work they do.

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West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce ‘Raising the Bar’ Awards…

Date: 28th November 2018

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce ‘Raising the Bar’ Awards…

Curtins is thrilled to have been awarded Winner of the ‘Economy (large)’ category at the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce ‘Raising the Bar’ Awards last night at Leeds Civic Hall. The awards are in recognition of the contribution that businesses make to their local region, celebrating achievements across four categories; Community, Economy, Education and Environment.

Local businesses are encouraged to assess their social impact by benchmarking themselves against other businesses with similar demographics, allowing companies to not only support the local area, but also learn from their peers and target future activities to meet social impact goals and ensure continual improvement.

We were honoured to receive the ‘Economy’ award, and also be recognised as a finalist in the ‘Education’ category, for the work and support we carry out with local schools and universities including mentoring students at Universities, STEM Ambassador work in local schools, providing work placements internships & work experience opportunities, and our involvement in recognising Women in Engineering.

The evening showcased the amazing work that all the businesses across West and North Yorkshire are carrying out and the contributions they are making to the local economy and communities.

 

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Billboard – a focus on kendal

Date: 11th November 2018

Billboard – a focus on kendal

The latest issue of our Billboard magazine focuses on kendal, in looking to the future, as well as Next Generation, Curtins Care & Project News. Click here to read.

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Green light given for Liverpool Municipal Buildings hotel

Date: 31st October 2018

Green light given for Liverpool Municipal Buildings hotel

Liverpool City Council have granted planning consent for Singapore-based hospitality group Fragrance to convert the grade two-listed former council headquarters into a 189-room hotel.

Plans for the new four-star hotel include a spa, swimming pool, ballroom, lobbies on both the Lower Ground and Ground floors, a bar, restaurant and conference hall.

The professional team includes ourselves as structural engineers, architects Falconer Chester Hall, Turley as planner, Crookes Walker on M&E, Auditive as acoustic consultant, Turley Heritage, Tyrer Partnership on ecology and TTHC on transport.

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Curtins achieve BSI BIM Level 2 Kitemark Certification

Date: 30th October 2018

Curtins achieve BSI BIM Level 2 Kitemark Certification

During 2017, Lee Barnett our BIM Co-ordinator (pictured) developed our BIM processes and we successfully achieved BIM Level 2 Verification from BSI. This recognises that our business has the necessary processes in place to work on BIM Level 2 projects across our offices.

Throughout 2018, we have further developed our BIM specialism, with the aim of achieving a BIM Level 2 BSI Kitemark from BSI. And we are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have now achieved the BSI BIM Level 2 Kitemark Certification!!

This recognises that we are successfully delivering BIM Level 2 projects in our offices; and there only a very small number of consultants in the industry who have achieved this certification. Needless to say, we are extremely proud that Curtins remain at the forefront of the engineering application and use of BIM within the built environment.

We recognise that our BIM process forms an important part of our QMS processes and we are working to better integrate these two management systems, improving on the quality and efficiency of our delivery. We have also further refined our digital delivery capability to ensure a consistent approach across our specialisms, particularly the Civil & Structural Engineering disciplines.

Lee Barnett, BIM Coordinator, collecting the award & certificate at Digital Construction week.

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Curtins Leeds volunteer at Brodsworth Hall

Date: 19th October 2018

Curtins Leeds volunteer at Brodsworth Hall

Four members of our team in Leeds spent a day at Brodsworth Hall (near Doncaster) this week, after taking up the opportunity to volunteer as part of Gardiner & Theobald‘s English Heritage CSR programme, Stone Circle.

Curtins joined around 15 other engineers, architects and industry peers in carrying out various maintenance work around the grounds, followed by a tour of the Grade 1 listed Victorian building and a spot of networking and drinks.

CSR & Curtins

At Curtins we take pride in fulfilling our obligations to be a good corporate citizen, not just for our people, but the wider society. We recognise that in our industry we have a critical role, and opportunity, in making a positive impact for the clients and communities in which we work, and by making informed choices and conscious designs, we strive towards achieving this goal. More information can be found here.