Date: 27th February 2019

Curtins awarded Winner of the Best BIM Project of the Year 2019

Yesterday evening we were delighted to find out that we have been awarded Winner of the Best BIM Project of the Year at the BIM Awards 2019.

The award-winning project was a new 1,000 bed student space at the Mount Oswald site at Durham University, delivered with Interserve, PCE and Wilmore Iles Architects.

The project’s accommodation blocks were constructed using an offsite manufactured panelised precast concrete structure adopting the principles of ‘Just in time delivery’. Our early design inputs combined with our specialist offsite Digital Delivery toolkit and Digital Prototyping approach drove efficiencies in material quantities, component repetition and an integrated design manufacture-erecting workflow to the benefit of the project.

The award follows on from us successfully achieving BSI BIM Level 2 Kitemark Certification in 2018 and collecting the Doing It: Structural Engineer award at last year’s BIM ceremony.

The BIM Awards honour and recognise the world’s best BIM work and those who created it, by celebrating their exceptional and innovative use of BIM in the built environment.

In 2019 they were judged by some of the UK’s most illustrious BIM-minds of today’s modern digital built environment, including David Miller, Stefan Mordue, Sarah Rock, Rob Jackson, Emma Hooper and Mark Taylor.

We are immensely proud to have gained this award for Best BIM Project of the Year in recognition of our leading position in the field for digital delivery practices.

More about our approach to BIM here.  

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8 nominations at the North West Regional Construction Awards 2019

Date: 10th May 2019

8 nominations at the North West Regional Construction Awards 2019

What an evening the North West Regional Construction Awards 2019 will be – five of our projects have been shortlisted for a total of eight awards! We’re incredibly proud of all of the design teams who have brought them to fruition.

The nominations include:

  • Paddington Village Infrastructure and Public Realm, Liverpool: Sub-regional Project of the Year Award – Liverpool and Value Award
  • Campus Whitehaven, Cumbria: Integration & Collaborative Working Award and Sub-regional Project of the Year Award – Cumbria
  • St Julie’s Catholic High School, Liverpool: Sub-regional Project of the Year Award – Liverpool
  • Plymouth Grove, Bridgelea Primary School, Manchester City Council: Preservation & Rejuvenation Award
  • Circle Square and Affinity Living Projects, Manchester: Integration & Collaborative Working Award and People Development Award

See the list by clicking here.

#NWRCA2019

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David Wiggins presents at Masonry Arch Bridge masterclass

Date: 9th May 2019

David Wiggins presents at Masonry Arch Bridge masterclass

Senior Engineer, David Wiggins will be presenting at the Repair and Maintenance of Masonry Arch Bridges masterclass on 24th May in Charlestown, Fife.

The full day masterclass will look at all aspects of masonry arch bridge construction and the materials utilised to determine the most appropriate repair schemes.

David is recognised in the Conservation Accreditation Register for Engineers (CARE), which identifies civil and structural engineers skilled in the conservation of historic structures and sites. He will be talking specifically about the scour resilience of masonry arch bridges.

David will be joined by specialists Bill Harvey, Gary Salter, Steve Wood, Gordon Cartwright and Rosamond Artis who will cover topics throughout the day including stone bridges, photogrammetry, repair of masonry arch structures, bridges supporting public roads and specifying mortars and replacement stone.

More information on the masterclass is available on the Scottish Lime Centre Trust website.

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Guided tour of one of our most significant Midlands projects

Date: 7th May 2019

Guided tour of one of our most significant Midlands projects

On 21st May join NAWIC Midlands on a guided tour of one of our most significant projects currently under construction in the Midlands: the £300m Midland Metropolitan Hospital, Birmingham.

The site visit around the new ‘super-hospital’ will be led by Balfour Beatty, who will provide insight into the process of constructing a state-of-the-art facility and the challenges they face to make sure it opens on time.

The multi-million-pound NHS hospital in Sandwell is a 10-storey tower split into three fingers, with a large 5-storey winter garden and feature structural roof at the front of the building. We are providing civil and structural engineering, drainage, service coordination and flood risk services for the project.

Joanne Kerry, our Transport Planning Associate in our Birmingham office sits on the NAWIC Midlands Committee and organised the event with her fellow members. She is instrumental in promoting and Supporting NAWIC in the Midlands, supporting and developing women in the property and construction sector.

The tour is an exciting opportunity to see one of our most prestigious projects in the Midlands currently under construction and to find out more about the journey the project has taken (and will take) to its grand opening scheduled for 2022.

Shared transportation to the tour will be provided from our Birmingham office (2 The Wharf, Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JS) at 12.00pm, returning for approximately 2.00pm.

Safety clothing and footwear will be required for the tour.

Click here to visit the event page for more information and booking.

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NCE and Curtins Recognising Women in Engineering Awards open

Date: 26th April 2019

NCE and Curtins Recognising Women in Engineering Awards open

In partnership with New Civil Engineer, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Recognising Women Engineering Awards is now open for entries.

The inaugural awards were launched by NCE and Curtins in 2018, making them NCE’s first-ever event to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering.

The Recognising Women in Engineering Awards represent a unique opportunity for women in civil engineering to gain recognition at a national level and have their fantastic achievements celebrated at an exclusive event in central London. Last year, six women were recognised at the prestigious dinner where their colleagues and the wider industry got to hear their inspirational stories.

This year we will be looking for women who have made a major contribution to their firm, whose work has made a major contribution towards a project’s successful outcome, or who have made a significant contribution to the sector through outreach.

Entrants can be from any discipline within a civil engineering firm, whether that is directly as a civil engineer or in transport planning, external relations, human resources or another engineering discipline.

This year the awards will celebrate women in seven different categories:

  1. Above and beyond
  2. Outreach
  3. Technical excellence
  4. Contribution to a project
  5. Business culture
  6. Leadership
  7. Contribution to gender diversity (this category is open to men and women)

The deadline for entries is Friday 17 May 2019.

Find out more and how to submit a nomination on the NCE’s website here. 

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Construction Industry STEAM Day

Date: 26th April 2019

Construction Industry STEAM Day

On Thursday 25th April we ran our first Construction Industry STEAM Day in partnership with Morgan Sindall, K2 Architects, Liverpool John Moores University and Schools Parliament.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths – subjects that can create innovations that can positively design and change the world around us. However, a skills shortage and a reduced school curriculum in these areas has been making it increasingly difficult to recruit the next generation into these roles. The objective of the day was therefore to introduce the students to the wonderful world STEAM.

Nearly 50 Year 8 and 9 students from three schools across Liverpool and Lancashire took part in hands on activities designed to develop their key skills including project management, communication, team work and leadership, as well as technical STEAM skills relating to engineering, architecture, marketing and design.

The day was led by industry professionals, supported by members of the ICE and the Engineering faculty at Liverpool John Moores University. This meant there was plenty of opportunities for the students to receive careers advice and find out how the STEAM lessons they’re covering in school will contribute to their future careers.

The students rotated around five different activities where they interacted with BIM models, value engineered structures, designed LEGO buildings, branded their own products, took part in a panel discussion and constructed a real bridge, which was brought up from North Wales by the ICE.

We are extremely thankful to West Derby School, Upton Hall School FCJ and Darwen High School for participating, and the volunteers at LJMU, Morgan Sindall, K2 Architects, ICE, Schools Parliament and our staff at Curtins for sharing their knowledge and experience with the students.

#LiverpoolSTEAMDay

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London compete in Tough Mudder for Marie Curie

Date: 17th April 2019

London compete in Tough Mudder for Marie Curie

On Friday 12 April, 13 brave staff from our London office competed in the Tough Mudder Challenge to raise awareness and money for Marie Curie.

The 5km Challenge had them racing through a series of obstacles at Finsbury Park in North London. Thankfully the weather was on their side and the rain held off, helping the lucky 13 reach the finish line together.

All monies raised will go to Marie Curie who help people living with any terminal illness, and their families, make the most of the time they have left.

#CurtinsCare

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Curtins’ staff awarded with industry Fellowships

Date: 17th April 2019

Curtins’ staff awarded with industry Fellowships

In March this year, our Technical Director Phil Hughes was made a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, bringing our total number of Fellowship qualifications to 10.

Fellowships are the highest grade of membership for the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers and Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, and are awarded to Engineers who have made a significant contribution to their profession, recognising their high level of knowledge, ability and experience.

Within Curtins, our Fellows include:

Stephen Beggs, Technical Director BEng (Hons) CEng FICE
Dan Evans, Executive Director BEng (Hons) CEng FISTructE
Phil Hughes, Technical Director BEng (Hons) CEng FISTructE
Paul Menzies, Executive Director BEng (Hons) CEng FISTructE FFB
Neil Parkinson, Executive Director BEng (Hons) CEng FIStructE FICE
Matt Price, Associate BSc (Hons) MSc TPP FCIHT
John Risley, Technical Director BEng (Hons) CEng FICE
Alex Vogt, Technical Director BSc (Hons) MSc FCIHT
Nic Webb, Technical Director BEng (Hons) CEng FICE

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David Wiggins presents at the BLF Traditional Mortars Symposium

Date: 8th April 2019

David Wiggins presents at the BLF Traditional Mortars Symposium

Senior Engineer, David Wiggins will be presenting at The Building Limes Forum’s Traditional Mortars Symposium in York on Tuesday 11 June.

An industry highlight, the symposium will bring together over 30 experts in the field of conservation, heritage and hot mixed lime mortars to share knowledge, research and experience from around the world.

As Curtins’ leading CARE accredited conservation engineer, David has significant experience working with traditional and historic buildings. His work centres around the care and repair of architectural and civil engineering heritage structures, and he is actively involved in research and development pertaining to the technical conservation of masonry.

For David, the York Symposium follows in a long list of technical lectures, seminars and published articles on this, his specialist knowledge. His lecture will include research on the drivers for masonry decay, the inadequate performance of cement mortars and why, and the technical characteristics and advantages of lime mortars.

The Symposium is intended to allow the informed specification, mixing and confident use of earth-lime and hot mixed lime mortars, as well as demonstrating their historic prevalence, usefulness and enhanced performance characteristics. For more information on the symposium visit https://www.buildinglimesforum.org.uk/events/york-symposium/

Find out about our Conservation and Heritage specialism by clicking here.

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Our Leeds office turns 30!

Date: 4th April 2019

Our Leeds office turns 30!

It’s been an amazing 30 years since we first opened our office in Leeds, so last Friday we had a party to celebrate!

Over the past 3 decades our team has grown to more than 40 staff offering the full complement of our 7 specialisms and providing state of the art facilities for new hospital buildings, schools, universities, offices, leisure complexes, housing and more.

The team in Leeds continue to deliver the high levels of client satisfaction, innovation and added value that are at the heart of who we are at Curtins. In addition, they have always been prepared to go the extra mile when it comes to supporting our nominated Curtins charities or celebrating our diverse community.

That is why we treated them to an 80s themed party. Fitted out with a bar, cocktail maker, band, magician and a photobooth, the party was the perfect way to thank the team for their hard work and dedication over the years.

Here’s to the next 30!