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Green Light for Rail Work Six members of the rail team at BSP Consulting have been given the green light to continue with their work on and around operational railway lines on key projects. They have successfully completed Personal Track Safety (PTS) courses at Intertrain (UK) Ltd, Doncaster. The two-day training sessions qualify members of staff to undertake work on or around an operational railway line. Meanwhile, BSP has recently renewed its Link-up accreditation with Network Rail for another year. BSP’s rail work involves design and inspection of bridges, culverts, gantries, embankments, line-side structures and drainage. “We have recently been quoting for more consultancy work in the rail sector, so I am very pleased that six members of our rail team have successfully completed PTS, thereby increasing our trackside technical capacity,” said BSP Consulting managing director David Sumner. BSP Consulting’s in-house rail team,

Pictured, left to right, senior civil technician Ben McGrath, principle structural engineer Paul Hammersley, chartered civil engineer Matthew Viggars, senior structural technician Dan Hinchley and director Carl Hilton. Managing director David Sumner also attended the course.

supplemented by a specialist rail consultant partner, has worked on many different types of rail projects, including the design and detailing of reinforced concrete bases for various electrical gear in transformer compounds, the design of a bespoke £1.5m maintenance facility, used during testing of the Virgin high-speed train, and the surveying of a number of bridges over railway tracks and railway bridges over roads and watercourses. In addition, BSP was appointed ‘bridge strike examiner’ for the Alstom Transport Virgin high-speed train test track, which was subsequently electrified, to support testing of new London Underground trains, and undertook technical appraisals and site inspections for a £6.3 million proposed new signal installations project on the Carlisle to Newcastle line.



AWARD SUCCESS Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre in Blackpool has jointly received the Blackpool Civic Trust Award for best new build in 2011. BSP worked in association with Ashby de la Zouch developer LSP Developments, Tamworth architects West Hart Partnership Ltd and Nottingham-based Dave Singleton, of DSA Environment and Design, on the centre, which is a three-storey development that includes three GP surgeries, PCT outpatient services, as well as a library, gym and swimming pool. It opened last year.

Award organisers said: “When considering the best new build category, judges normally make decisions based only on design and build quality. However, the reason for the inclusion of Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre was based also on the wide ranging improvement of community facilities to the local area and positive feedback from the local community.” The award was presented by comedian and TV presenter Griff Rhys Jones, president of Civic Voice.

Recently Won Projects

Drainage Consultation

Toton – Nottingham

BSP Consulting has put forward its views on the future of sewers and drains. The company is part of a UK-wide list featuring national bodies, local authorities, universities, water companies and major organisations that have taken part in the consultation. Defra, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has been seeking opinions on the national build standards and automatic adoption arrangements for gravity foul sewers and lateral drains going forward. BSP Consulting is among the likes of key organisations such as parliamentary groups, professional bodies, political parties and national associations that have come up with ideas and suggestions about the subject. “At BSP Consulting we consider that the implementation of the Flood and Water Management Act could have a significant effect on the future of development,” said BSP Consulting associate director Tony Goddard. “We believe it is vital for people “at the coal face” within the construction industry to influence the execution of Government policy. Responding to this consultation is another example of how we are striving to ensure a fair future for development for all our clients.” The proposals focus on how water and sewerage undertakers will adopt new sewers and lateral drains connecting to the public sewerage network.

BSP is designing a maintenance depot at Toton Sidings, including inspection pit, canopy, accommodation block and maintenance support facilities. The client is Construction Marine Ltd.

City centre - Leicester

BSP engineers carried out a structural inspection of the façade of a threestorey reinforced concrete 1960s building at night, as the inspection required a cherry picker and a road closure, before drawing up a report focusing on the necessary remedial work.

Agard Street - Derby

James Hutton Building Work has now been completed on the James Hutton Building at the British Geological Survey headquarters in Nottinghamshire. Working for Kier Marriott, BSP was the civil and structural engineer for the project. The north elevation of the building incorporates a feature wall that is a stylized representation of Hutton’s so-called ‘Classic Unconformity’ at Siccar Point, Berwickshire. It was the rocks exposed at Siccar Point that provided the 18th Century geologist with convincing proof of his cyclic processes theory and evidence of the timescale over which geological processes operate.

Built to BREEAM excellent rating, the two-storey office building is the latest in a number of schemes at the Keyworth site that BSP has been involved in. An impressive geological walk is also being built across the site. This includes paving materials and boulders from across the United Kingdom which are representative of all the major periods of geological time. BSP carried out the civil engineering design works for the 130-metre pathway.

BSP is civil and structural engineer for a prestigious office development that’s the first grade A office space to be built in Derby for 20 years. Developer is Lowbridge (Derby) Ltd.

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Rural Promotion Professional accolade for MD BSP is teaming up with national planning consultants Pegasus Planning Group to raise awareness of the firm’s services for rural and agricultural businesses.

BSP is joining forces with Pegasus Planning Group, which has offices around the country, to take part in the Three Counties Show and the Great Yorkshire Show this summer.

Managing director at BSP Consulting David Sumner has been named a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The accolade is the highest grade of membership of the ICE and is given in recognition of experience, expertise and contribution to the industry. David, a founding director of BSP Consulting, said: “I am very pleased and proud to have become a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. I have been a member of ICE since the late 1980s, and I am honoured that I

Successful Schemes The events, which take place on June 15th, 16th and 17th and July 10th, 11th and 12th respectively, will provide BSP and Pegasus with the chance to promote their services to the agricultural trade who may be looking to diversify and create new buildings or convert existing properties. The events will also give the companies the chance to give advice on how farmers and other rural-based organisations can make the most of their land assets.

The second phase of a major regeneration programme in South East Sheffield has scooped an award. Weakland phase B was named best affordable housing at the South Yorkshire and Humber Building Excellence Awards. BSP Consulting was structural engineer for the project, which forms part of the wider SWaN regeneration programme

New “We are always interested in potential new marketing opportunities and are pleased to be teaming up with Pegasus for these two events,” said BSP business development director Jef Todd. “It will be the first time we’ve exhibited at rural shows. As well as offering advice on diversity and rural exemption sites, we also hope to be talking about large scale wind and solar farms, and other energy developments, such as anaerobic digestion schemes.”


have now been accepted as a fellow.” A civil engineering graduate from The University of Nottingham, David was officially presented with the accolade at a ceremony at ICE’s headquarters in Westminster, London.

being undertaken by the Home Group and Sheffield City Council. Weakland phase B involved the building of 54 homes. Contractor was Loughboroughbased William Davis, while Sheffield architects AA Design designed the new family homes. The Weakland scheme featured a number of bespoke architectural details that required close liaison between BSP and AA Design to find practical and buildable solutions. Meanwhile, Albany House in Nottingham was highly commended at the RICS East Midlands Awards. BSP was civil and structural engineer. Other members of the team included Kier Partnership Homes, LHA-ASRA and Allan Joyce Architects.


Doctors and health professionals have moved into the new SSAFA Southglade Health Centre in Nottingham. The build was funded by SSAFA Forces Help and the health centre is run under an NHS contract for NHS Nottingham City. BSP was appointed by SSAFA Forces Help as their civil and structural engineers for the project, which was designed by Barton Willmore Design Ltd and built by Jessops Construction Ltd. The health centre, which serves the Bestwood area of Nottingham, features six consulting rooms, five nurse consulting rooms, a phlebotomy room, a health promotion suite, administrative offices and an integral pharmacy.


Utilising the contours of the steeply sloping site, the health centre has been set into the slope and comprises two storeys on one side, and one storey on the other. The facility will ultimately serve up to 6,000 patients and is set to be officially opened later this year.

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Bsp newsletter spring 2012