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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.

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Curtins is appointed as leading consultancy on new Procure Partnerships Framework

Date: 20th August 2020

Curtins is appointed as leading consultancy on new Procure Partnerships Framework

We are proud to share the news of our appointment on the Procure Partnerships Framework Professional Services Agreement, having been selected as one the highest rated consultancies in all 11 regional framework lots. Successful in every bid, our appointment comprises Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering across all UK regions, and Principal Designer for the North West and London.  

Designed to simplify procurement in the public sector, the professional services framework sits alongside the recently launched Contractor Framework and will similarly provide clients with a compliant but flexible solution to their procurement needs. It will run from 2020-2024. 

The framework has been structured to provide public sector users with four OJEU and PCR15 call-off methods. These include two-stage mini competition, single stage tender, direct award and mini competition express.  

Curtins are now extremely well-placed to work with the appointed contractors as part of multi-disciplinary teams on behalf of the public sector client. 

Robbie Blackhurst, Framework Director comments: “We are delighted with the response we received for our Professional Services Agreement with over 420 individual companies applying for places across 11 regions. The standard of tenders was extremely high with is a credit in itself to the companies who were awarded places. We are delighted to have Curtins onboard who have a demonstrable track record of successfully delivering complex projects for the public sector across the UK.”  

Find out more about our other framework appointments here.

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Curtins appointed on EN: Procure Consultancy Framework

Date: 10th August 2020

Curtins appointed on EN: Procure Consultancy Framework

Curtins has been appointed by EN:Procure as one of 70 construction consultants on their new framework.

The framework has an estimated total value of £10.4m across its 4-year lifetime, with 8 lots offering the following range of construction-related consultancy services. Selected from over 600 consultant tenders, Curtins has been appointed on both Lot 4 (Structural and Civil Engineering Services) and Lot 6 (Principal Designer Services) in all three geographical regions.

The framework will provide a full range of leading edge, cost effective and easily accessible consultancy services for Efficiency North’s clients in the social housing and wider public sector in northern England. Designed predominantly for social housing, it can also be applied to other public buildings or premises owned and/or managed by public sector organisations, including, but not limited to, schools, universities, infrastructure sites and offices in Yorkshire & Humber, the East Midlands and North West.

For more detailed information about framework lots and appointed contractors click here.