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Rail appointment A project for BSP near the Angel of the North statue in Gateshead is underway.
Kurdistan schemes for BSP BSP Consulting has recently started work on two projects in Kurdistan after winning contracts as part of a major infrastructure development programme in the region. The company has been appointed by the Ministry of Culture as checking engineer for a new theatre in the capital, Erbil. Work is due to get underway on site on the Holi Gel theatre project shortly. In addition, the firm has been appointed to provide project management services on a road scheme in the region’s second city, Slemani. Work on the 40 km dual carriageway, between the towns of Dukan and Chwarqurna, features a number of bridges and is expected to take two years. BSP now has two engineers in Kurdistan who are overseeing the work. “For a while we have been looking at opportunities in the Middle East in places like Abu Dhabi and more recently Kurdistan, and we are very pleased to have secured these two contracts,” said BSP managing director David Sumner. “The downturn in the UK construction sector gave us the chance to fully explore areas overseas that were looking for British expertise. Our investment in this over the past few years is now coming to fruition, and we hope that further opportunities will be forthcoming.”
BSP has played a key role in the creation of two schemes featuring energy efficient homes.
Green light on appeal A housing development in Lincolnshire has been given the go-ahead on appeal after support from BSP.
Representatives from BSP have travelled to the Middle East on a number of occasions for a series of meetings and trade exhibitions ahead of securing the work. The contracts mark the first overseas developments undertaken by BSP. “Since forming almost 15 years ago, we have gradually expanded as a company and we now cover the whole of the UK. The recently won work in Kurdistan is our first international development, however,” added David. As an oil-rich region, Kurdistan is investing heavily in infrastructure, including roads, hospitals, schools, housing and cultural amenities. The Kurdistan Regional Government has a large spending programme underway which involves major public schemes.
BSP is delighted to have been part of the scheme and team which took top slot at the fbe (East Midlands) Awards.
BSP is now registered to operate in the region, which is part of Iraq, and hopes to be involved in additional projects in the future.
BSP appointed on five rail projects in the North East.
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BSP has helped to overturn planning refusal on behalf of Keigar Homes Ltd – paving the way for a development of 21 homes to now go ahead. North Lincolnshire Council refused to grant permission for the proposals in Brigg at the site of the former Ancholme Inn off Grammar School Road. “A great deal of work was carried out in liaison with the Highway Authority and a Transport Statement was produced to accompany the planning application,” explained BSP director Mark Rayers. “This considered the existing short-term congestion in the vicinity of the site due to the presence of three nearby schools, and concluded that the impact of the proposed development would be insignificant. No objections were raised by the Highway Authority. However, the application was refused at committee, and the single reason for refusal stated that “The proposal represents over-development of the site which, if approved, would exacerbate congestion and the flow of traffic on the adjacent highway network”.” Mark Rayers attended the appeal as the highways expert on behalf of Keigar Homes, and a site visit was also carried
out by the inspector when the schools closed during the afternoon peak period. The inspector’s report allowed the appeal and in addition to granting planning permission, the inspector also awarded costs against the council, stating that “In conclusion, I find that unreasonable behaviour resulting in unnecessary or wasted expense, as described in Circular 03/2009, has been demonstrated and a full award of costs is justified.”
Extra care project
Work has got underway on an extra care housing scheme in Dudley, where BSP has been secured as engineer. The £18m project is set to transform the site of the former Cradley High School into a 120-bedroom affordable apartment complex for the over 55s. Contractor and developer William Davis is building the scheme on behalf of Midland Heart. Scheduled for completion in Spring 2015, the new apartments will be available for rent, sale and shared ownership. Cradley is the second extra care development to be undertaken by William Davis on behalf of Midland Heart, following the success of the Broadmeadow scheme built in Dudley in 2011. BSP was civil, structural and geotechnical engineer for the Broadmeadow scheme too.
BSP engineers provided a transport statement, flood risk assessment, drainage assessment and phase 1 ground investigation which helped secure a resolution to grant outline planning permission for residential and commercial use on the site of Myford Engineering Ltd, Wilmot Lane, Beeston. The company was working on the instruction of Chris Oakden Development Services and IMcH Planning and Development Consultancy on behalf of the clients M and RE Properties Ltd. The 4.5 acre site is now scheduled to progress to sale.
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Latest Passive House projects BSP’s experience in Passive House energy efficient homes has been boosted recently by two schemes the company has been involved in. Hart Lea housing development in Sandiacre was officially opened in December. The East Midlands Housing Group scheme features nine properties, all of which have been designed to Passive House Standards and achieve Lifetime Homes standards. Three of the properties received formal Passive House accreditation. BSP was civil and structural engineer for the development. Other members of the team included Ridge & Partners, Lindum Construction and Geoff Carter Architects. Residents are expected to benefit from 44% to 50% reduction in heating and hot water costs as a result of high insulation, extreme air tight design, and the natural heat produced within the property. The scheme, which features five two-bedroom houses, two threebedroom houses and two two-bedroom bungalows, was built on a site that previously had 24 one-bedroom flats for the elderly. Meanwhile, BSP is also part of the team building 14 Passive House homes on the site of a former maltings factory in Burton-on-Trent. William Davis is developing the site for the Orbit Group, with the houses due to be finished by May 2014.
Work has been completed on phase one of a project at Darley Dale Primary School in Derbyshire. BSP was structural engineer for the primary school’s extension, which included three new classrooms, cloakrooms, toilets and a new playground with beautiful views of the Peak District National Park. Work is now continuing on phase two of the £3m redevelopment, with developer William Davis converting the old school, a Grade II listed building built in 1913, into seven, one and two-bedroom properties for sale. An additional 15 affordable homes are being built on behalf of Dales Housing and Derbyshire County Council in the former playground and school surrounds.
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We welcome graduate structural engineer Hemendra Lalgi, who joined BSP’s Leicester office in October 2013.
BSP has been appointed as structural and civil engineer for a project to build a new church in Leicestershire. The two-storey Whetstone Baptist Church, designed by KPW Architects, will be a multi-use building and features a large worship area, including a baptistry pool, and other rooms.
Industrial unit BSP is helping a large Leicestershire employer with expansion plans, after being secured to design a new 100,000 sq ft workshop extension and office conversion for Oadby Plastics at Braunstone Industrial Estate. Preplanning services were also instructed including traffic statement, green travel plan and flood risk assessment.
Eight properties built by East Midlands Housing at the rural exception site at Husbands Bosworth have been officially opened. BSP associate Tim Wilson attended the ceremony on behalf of BSP, who was engineer for the scheme.
Brooksby Melton College A second contract has been awarded to BSP for development work at Brooksby Melton College. Following on from an appointment to carry out the engineering work for schemes which include the construction of two new two-storey teaching blocks, an extension to the animal care centre and also the building of a multi-sports hall, the company has also been appointed to work on new laboratories at the Buckingham Centre on the main campus. This involves extension and conversion work.
University work Associate director Paul Elphick is supporting the next generation of architects by providing tuition and lecturing to fifth year students at De Montfort University. Working with Leicester School of Architecture, Paul is giving advice about structural matters to the students.
BSP was delighted to hear of the success of Makers’ Yard at the ProCon Awards in Leicester. The grade II listed former hosiery building in Leicester, which has been transformed into a workspace for creative industries, won the regeneration project award. BSP was engineer for the scheme. Other members of the Makers’ Yard team included Morgan Sindall, Leicester City Council and architects Maber.
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BSP Consulting is proud to have been involved in a scheme which took top honours at the fbe East Midlands awards. Derby grade A office development One Friar Gate Square was crowned the overall regional winner at the fbe East Midlands Awards, after earlier taking the top slot for Derbyshire. Brierley Medical Centre, Huthwaite, was also short listed in the awards in the Nottinghamshire category. BSP was engineer on both schemes. “Congratulations to the teams involved in these developments. We’re delighted to have been a part of it all,” said BSP business development director Jef Todd. Other members of the One Friar Gate Square team were developer Lowbridge (Derby) Ltd, contractor Clegg Construction and architect Carey Jones Architects. The Brierley Medical Centre team also featured developer LSP Developments Ltd, contractor Wildgoose Construction Ltd, client Brierley Medical Centre, architect Marchini Curran Associates, services engineer and BREEAM Consultant
ChapmanBDSP, landscape architect DSA Environment + Design Ltd, and cost consultants Carl Dean Associates Ltd. The fbe awards were presented at the third annual fbe East Midlands Awards evening, staged at the City Rooms, Leicester, and celebrated the best construction projects across Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
A new website for BSP Consulting has been launched. Designed to be used on mobile devices, as well as on PCs and laptops, the website features information about the company, the expertise of its teams, as well as details about completed projects. It also has a section for news updates, plus links to the firm’s social media activities. BSP has been working with fellow Marketing Derby Bondholder Alt Design to create the new website. Visit www.bsp-consulting.co.uk to find out more. BSP has also taken the opportunity to freshen up the company’s quarterly newsletter. We’d welcome feedback about either to firstname.lastname@example.org
A High Output Operations Base (HOOB) is being built at Tyne Yard, Gateshead. BSP is engineer for the facility, which is near the Angel of the North statue. It is the latest HOOB project for the firm after a similar scheme was constructed at Toton Sidings in Nottinghamshire. This latest facility, also being built by Construction Marine Ltd, is larger than the Toton scheme, with more inspection facilities. HOOBS perform a vital role in track and train maintenance.
Out and about Senior appointments BSP is pleased to announce a series of appointments for existing staff.
leads the civil engineering team in Derby, while Tim has a similar role in Leicester.
Chartered structural engineer Paul Elphick, who heads up the firm’s Leicester office, has been made an associate director.
“We are delighted to make additional senior appointments from within the company. These promotions reflect the hard work and dedication that Paul, Matt and Tim have given BSP, and we congratulate them,” said BSP managing director David Sumner.
Meanwhile chartered civil engineer Matt Viggars and civil engineer Tim Wilson have been appointed as associates. Matt
Congratulations to BSP’s Tim Wilson and his wife Leila on the arrival of their third child, Jena, who was born October 5th weighing 7lb 10oz. BSP took a stand at Nottingham Property and Business Investment Show in November. Pictured, left to right, are Michael Goodchild, from Survey Hub, chatting to BSP director Mark Rayers.
Everyone at the company wishes the family good luck for the future.
New starters A number of new employees have joined BSP over recent weeks. Civil engineering technician Amandip Sahota, chartered structural engineer Monika Anszperger and structural engineer Marta Prokop have been appointed to BSP’s Derby office. Meanwhile civil engineer Craig Noonan and junior structural technician Danny Doherty have been welcomed to the Nottingham office.
BSP’s PR consultant Louise Duffield, right, from Perfect 10 PR, is pictured with friends before taking part in the MoRun 10k at Wollaton Park in November. She completed the race in 58 minutes, 53 seconds…and apparently the headband stayed in place all the way round!
BSP hosted a table at Derby Bondholders’ Christmas party at the Roundhouse in December. Our table of ten was one of dozens of tables at the event, which attracted almost 700 guests. Thanks to our clients and associates who joined us for the evening.
Well done to director Carl Hilton who cycled almost 100 miles from Holmfirth to Lincolnshire with the Biking Vikings in aid of the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal in November 2013. It was the latest in a number of charity cycle rides that Carl has completed. He raised £700, with the group collecting more than £3,500 in total.