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BSP Consulting - Green Apple Award

East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering company BSP Consulting has been awarded a prestigious Green Apple Award for an innovative sustainable drainage system created at a Leicester school.

The Green Apple Environment Awards recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world. Launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation, they have become well established as one of the most popular environmental campaigns in the world.

BSP Consulting has been presented with a Green Apple Award for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage, achieving a civil engineering silver award, for the exciting and educational Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) the company installed at Birkett House School.

The SuDS scheme includes a drainage system, play gardens, a wetland site and wildflower grassland at the Wigston school, which caters for pupils with special educational needs.

BSP Consulting business development director Jef Todd said: “We are so proud to have been awarded a Green Apple Award – one of the most high profile environmental awards in existence. The Learning with Water: SuDS at Birkett House School is a truly inspiring and educational drainage scheme, which has provided a safe, life-enhancing outdoor educational facility for pupils, while at the same time has created a sustainable, extensive and effective drainage system for the new school buildings and site.

“It’s an honour for BSP Consulting and the rest of the team that the project has now been given a Green Apple Award.”

BSP Consulting, which is based in Nottingham and has offices in Leicester, Derby and Sheffield, was the main designer for the drainage and worked closely with Nottingham company DSA Environment + Design. The firm used its engineering and drainage expertise to transform the DSA vision of a biodiverse, learning space focused around water into a viable, effective and impressive sustainable drainage infrastructure scheme.

Other members of the team involved in the Birkett House School project for Leicestershire County Council included Willmott Dixon and A+G Architects.

As well as creating an effective, attractive, low-cost maintenance sustainable drainage system of non-foul water for the new school, it was also designed to become a fundamental part of the educational experience of the school’s pupils. The aim was to get water right into the heart of the children’s daily life – providing stimulating experiences and interesting ways of learning about the environment, nature, science and other subjects.

The Green Apple Award was presented to BSP Consulting during a carbon neutral presentation ceremony at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. A donation was made on behalf of BSP Consulting to the Green Earth Appeal whose planting in emerging nations not only helps the environment and wildlife, but also creates job opportunities for the local populations.

Last year the Learning with Water: SuDS at Birkett House School won a special innovation prize at the ProCon Leicestershire Awards.

BSP Consulting, based at Oxford Street, Nottingham, was founded in 1999 and is this year marking its 20th anniversary.

New Associates - Joanna &; James 4.19

Two professionals who have spent all or the majority of their careers at East Midlands civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting have been promoted to senior roles at the company.

Joanna Posnett and James Payne have both been appointed as associates at the Nottingham-based company, which also has branches in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield.

BSP Consulting director Mark Rayers said: “Jo and James have both been with us for many years, and we are grateful for their ongoing efforts and commitment to BSP. They both thoroughly deserve their associate positions, having stepped up in their areas of responsibility and taking on wider remits over the last year or two. It will be great to have them on the management team.”

Joanna gained experience at Nottingham City Council and Bettridge Turner & Partners before joining BSP’s Nottingham office in April 2005 as a transportation planner before moving up to senior transport planner. She subsequently set up the transport team at BSP’s Leicester office, and was later promoted to principal transport planner in 2013.

A graduate of the University of Hull and Nottingham Trent University, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, she manages the transport team in the Leicester office offering client-focused transport planning services, from site access feasibility studies to Transport Assessments and Travel Plans to accompany planning applications, expert witness for planning appeals, and highway design (with specialisms in traffic sign design and Traffic Regulation Orders).

She completed a Diploma NVQ in Management last year, along with five other members of BSP’s team.

James Payne joined BSP’s Nottingham office as a school leaver in August 2001, as a civil engineering technician and undertook his block-release training locally. He became IT manager and civil engineering technician in 2004, before taking on the sole role of IT manager three years later. In 2017 he was appointed finance and IT manager, and now heads up finance, IT and also oversees the administration department.

BSP, which is based at Oxford Street, Nottingham, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the East Midlands and the UK.

BSP wins Business Masters Awards 2019 Professional Services Award

Civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting has triumphed at the East Midlands Business Masters Awards, winning top slot in the Professional Services Award category.

The Nottingham-based company, which also has offices in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, was presented with the award at a ceremony in front of 270 guests from across the East Midlands at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham.

BSP Consulting business development director Jef Todd said: “BSP Consulting prides itself on the high standard of professional services offered by the firm to our clients across the East Midlands and beyond.

We’ve been operating for 20 years this year – and some of our clients have been with us from the start.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been presented with this award, especially given the high calibre of all the finalists in the Professional Services Award category.”

The judges praised the firm for its long-standing good reputation and its progressive attitude to business.
BSP, based at Oxford Street in Nottingham, with offices at Pride Park in Derby, De Montfort Street in Leicester, and Smithy Wood Crescent in Sheffield, is one of the largest independent civil and structural engineering firms in the East Midlands – offering civil, structural, transportation, geotechnical and environmental engineering services.

Sam Metcalf, editor TheBusinessDesk.com, said: “This is the first time we’ve held the Masters in the East Midlands and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from businesses across the region.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came to the awards night, our fantastic sponsors and of course our judges who all gave their valuable time to the awards.

“Lastly, congratulations to all our winners and shortlisted companies. We hope to make the East Midlands Business Masters Awards even bigger and better in 2020.”

For more information about BSP Consulting visit www.bsp-consulting.co.uk

Waterside Lodge Exterior May 2018

Civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting played a key role in the design and build of a new style of accommodation for family short break provider Center Parcs.

The East Midlands-based company acted as the civil and structural engineer for the steel platforms of three new Waterside Lodges at Elveden Forest, Suffolk, which have just been unveiled.

The Waterside Lodges are the first type of Center Parcs accommodation to be situated on the water’s edge of the main lake – providing stunning lake-side views and giving families the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife in the forest and on the water.

In addition, BSP also provided engineering services for the foundations of 51 new Waterfront Apartments and nine new three-bedroom Executive Lodges at Elveden Forest, which have also recently been completed.

The schemes at Elveden Forest were the latest undertaken by Nottingham-based BSP Consulting for Center Parcs, with previous projects including Treehouses at Sherwood Forest, built in 2010, and the construction of buildings at the newest village, Woburn Forest, such as the Arrivals Lodge, as well as the Cycle Centre, some of the activity facilities, together with buildings for Technical Services, Housekeeping and Ground Services.

Associate and chartered structural engineer at BSP Consulting, Monika Anszperger, said: “The Waterside Lodges were an interesting and challenging project, in engineering terms, as they were built on steel platforms that jut out over the lake and have a spectacular aspect.

“BSP Consulting is proud to have played a role in this new style of accommodation for Center Parcs, and to have continued our relationship with Center Parcs which has stretched over eight years – helping the company to provide incredible accommodation and high quality facilities at its sites across the UK.”

Built by Cocksedge Building Contractors, the lodges offer large open plan living areas, scenic views from private balconies, plus a decking area for dining and relaxing. Each lodge has been built to perfectly complement the forest’s landscape through the use of natural materials such as timber and stone.

Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce the introduction of our latest innovation to the exciting range of accommodation available at Center Parcs. The lakes within our forests are a place families spend lots of time, be it to enjoy leisure activities on the water or simply to spend time relaxing on the beach. We believe that families will love spending their holiday time in our new, unique Waterside Lodges, with the added advantage of the beautiful waterside setting.”

The new accommodation at Elveden Forest is part of an overall reinvestment by Center Parcs across five UK villages including accommodation, leisure facilities, restaurants and the introduction of some new activities.

BSP Consulting, which, along with its head office in Oxford Street, Nottingham, also has branches in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.

The Waterside Lodges are available to book now at www.centerparcs.co.uk

For more information, please contact Monika Anszperger on 01332 374880.

About Center Parcs

Center Parcs UK has been a completely separate company to Center Parcs Europe since 2001.

Center Parcs UK has five villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs UK regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%.
Offering weekend (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks, Center Parcs UK welcomes more than 2.2 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return.

Tim Wilson, Carol Ell &; Monika Anszperger - Promotions

Three members of the team at civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting have been promoted to new positions.

Chartered civil engineer Carol Ell and chartered structural engineer Monika Anszperger have become associates, while associate Tim Wilson has stepped up to associate director.

Carol, who works in BSP’s Leicester office in De Montfort Street, joined the company in July 2004, while Monika, who is based in the Derby office at Pride Park, joined in January 2014.

Tim, who has been with BSP since 2005, heads up the civil engineering team in Leicester.

BSP MD David Sumner said: “These changes reflect the much-increased responsibility levels that Tim, Carol and Monika now embrace and perform for the company. I and the BSP team congratulate them on their achievement.”

BSP, which is based at Oxford Street, Nottingham, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the East Midlands and the UK.

BSP Consulting

Six members of the BSP Consulting team are undertaking management and leadership training as part of staff and company development.

Another group of employees is being lined up to get involved in the second wave of training at the East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering firm, said business development director Jef Todd.

“As a company, BSP Consulting has been growing steadily and it’s important that we equip our teams with the necessary skills to support our continued development and to provide them with ongoing professional development too,” said Jef.

“We are committed to both staff and company development, reflecting on our wider commitment to offering the best service we can to our clients across the East Midlands and the UK.”

Those currently undertaking the Apprenticeship NVQ course, run by Training for Business, are structures director Paul Elphick, associate director – civils Matt Viggars, associate director – civils Tony Goddard, chartered civil engineer Carol Ell, principal transport planner Joanna Posnett and senior engineer Oliver Dike.

Based across BSP’s offices in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, the group will spend around 15 months completing the Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management. The next group of employees is due to start the training in six months.

The Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management is ideal for managers moving into a middle management position, who still retain responsibility for operational processes but are more removed from day-to-day line management duties. The qualification develops the knowledge and skills required to take on higher level responsibilities such as planning and implementing change.

Those involved will develop core leadership skills, take charge of personal and professional development, gain the skills to be able to plan and implement an operational plan, improve working relationships, and achieve a recognised qualification for personal development.

The course is governed by ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) and is being delivered to the BSP team as an Apprenticeship Framework which includes an NVQ by Nottingham-based Training for Business, an Ofsted rated #1 Outstanding training provider, which is part of the NHTA Group Ltd that provides apprenticeships across the East Midlands.

“Training for Business are passionate about the power of quality accredited qualifications to transform people and give them the skills they need for the future. We understand all people are different and need flexible suppliers of training to ensure each and every person reaches their full potential, and as such all our qualifications are delivered one-on-one in the work place and at a time convenient to both the learner and employer,” said Charlotte Moreland, managing director of Training for Business. “We are very pleased to be supporting the team at BSP Consulting.”

BSP and Training for Business organised the training after linking up through support from Nottingham City Council via Nottingham Jobs Hub.

BSP Consulting, which is based at Oxford Street, Nottingham, and has offices at Pride Park, Derby, De Montfort Street, Leicester, and Solly Street, Sheffield, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.

James Payne - finance and IT manager at BSP Consulting

East Midlands civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting has promoted James Payne to the position of finance and IT manager.

He has been with the company for exactly 16 years, having joined BSP straight from school in August 2001.

James has recently been instrumental in introducing a new project information management system at BSP’s headquarters in Nottingham and across its offices in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield.

The Union Square software is used worldwide by organisations in the construction sector to help them work smarter and collaborate more effectively, and it has already begun showing positive results for BSP.

BSP managing director David Sumner said: “James has been a loyal and valued BSP employee since joining us in 2001. He has recently spearheaded the introduction of Union Square across the business after putting forward the case to the senior team of the benefits of integrating and streamlining our management of information – something which has become increasingly important to the efficiency of the business as we continue to expand.

“We have a commitment to staff development and are delighted to have promoted James to this newly created position at BSP Consulting, which reflects his new role.”

The Union Square system is being used throughout the business, primarily for project accounting but also for internal processes such as HR.

“Union Square has only been in place for a short while but already it is bringing benefits to BSP in making our project accounting more efficient,” said James. “The prediction is that it will help us with our long-term forecasting and planning, and become an increasingly valuable tool in the future.”

James joined BSP as a civil engineering technician at the age of 16, before becoming civil engineering technician and IT manager in 2004 and subsequently IT manager. He is based in BSP’s Nottingham HQ in Oxford Street but works across the group.

BSP, which also has offices at Pride Park, Derby, De Montfort Street, Leicester, and Solly Street, Sheffield, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK, working in sectors including education, industrial, commercial, retail, affordable housing, older persons living, leisure, private housing, heritage, and pre-planning.

For more information, visit www.bsp-consulting.co.uk

East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting has been appointed to work on a spectacular new multi-million pound adventure resort which is set to take the UK leisure industry by storm.
Afan Valley Adventure Resort in South Wales will be the first development of its kind in the UK and will be home to a staggering wealth of adrenaline-fuelled indoor and outdoor activities.

Set over 500 acres of forests and rolling hills in Afan Valley, the resort is the brainchild of Gavin Woodhouse, chairman of Northern Powerhouse Developments and Peter Moore OBE – the man who first brought Center Parcs to the UK and who helped turn round the fortunes of Alton Towers.

The Bear Grylls Survival Academy, which will feature a series of tough challenges and endurance courses designed by the top TV survival expert, has already signed up as one of the resort’s big attractions.

Engineers at BSP Consulting, which has its headquarters in Nottingham and branches in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, have been appointed to undertake the flood risk assessment and drainage strategy for the development, which is currently going through the pre-planning stages. Earlier the company handled the geotechnical phase one desk study.

“Afan Valley Adventure Resort is a really exciting new adventure and leisure park which will be home to a selection of world-class adventure facilities,” said BSP Consulting associate Tim Wilson. “As a company, BSP Consulting has worked on major leisure parks previously but we’re thrilled to be playing a role in this development, which is a pioneering concept for the UK leisure industry.

“Flood risk assessments and drainage strategies are pre-planning necessities for any scheme over one hectare in size and/or schemes within a flood zone two or three, with each site having a unique set of circumstances that need thorough investigation to satisfy planning conditions. BSP Consulting has vast experience in this field, and we are delighted that our expertise is being used to help take this significant scheme forward to the next stage of its development.”

In addition to the Bear Grylls Survival Academy experience, the all-weather, all-year-round resort will also be home to three outdoor ski slopes, forest-based zip wires and tree-top adventures, bike trails, an Xtreme sport centre, a state-of-the-art aqua park, indoor trampolining, relaxing spas and a central plaza featuring a wealth of bars and restaurants.

Expected to be opening in the summer of 2018, the development will also include a 100-bedroom hotel and 500 luxury lodges.

BSP is working closely on the project with chartered town planners and urban designers Nineteen47, which has offices in Castle Donington and York.

BSP Consulting, which has its head office in Oxford Street, Nottingham, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.

For more information, visit www.bsp-consulting.co.uk

Managing director of East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting, David Sumner, is preparing to lace up his boots for his latest fundraising challenge in aid of MS research.

Over the years, David and his supporters have raised thousands of pounds for the MS Society – a cause close to his heart, as his wife Pat has been living with the condition for more than 20 years.

In 2014, David raised more than £6,000 for MS Society research after climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.

In 2016, he took part in the 10in10 – an annual walk which conquers ten peaks in ten hours in the Lake District and which raises money for the charity to spend on research into the debilitating neurological condition.

After collecting almost £1,850 last year, he has decided to undertake the challenge for a second time and on 24th June will be embarking on the walk once more with the aim of raising a further £2,000. But this time he hopes to ‘fell run’ most of the 16-mile distance.

“One of the main goals in MS research currently is to encourage repair of the damage to the myelin surrounding the nerve cell, hopefully restoring function to the nerve and protecting it from damage,” said David. “There are no treatments yet but research is making great strides all the time and is looking promising. The hope that one day there may be a treatment for this disease is what really spurs me on to continue fundraising.”

A total of £250,000 has been raised for research by the 10in10 challenge since it began in 2011 – created by Yvonne Booth in response to her husband Duncan’s diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010, at the age of 39.

David, the MD of Nottingham-headquartered BSP Consulting, with offices in Pride Park Derby and De Montfort Street Leicester, will be joining others for the 16-mile event, which starts at Newlands Valley near Keswick and takes in Causey Pike, Sail, Crag Hill, Wandope, Whiteless Pike, High Snockrigg, Robinson, Dale Head, High Spy, and Maiden Moor.

He has set up a fundraising page for donations here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Sumner2

“I am so grateful to all the colleagues, associates and clients in the construction sector in the East Midlands and beyond who have supported me most generously in the past, along with friends and family,” said David. “I really hope they can continue that superb support and help find a treatment for this devastating condition.”

BSP Consulting, which has its head office in Oxford Street, Nottingham, and branches in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.

For more information, visit www.bsp-consulting.co.uk

Civil and structural engineering company BSP Consulting has taken on its third apprentice administration assistant, who follows in the footsteps of two colleagues who have since climbed the career ladder after being hired as apprentices themselves.

Twenty-year-old Simran Gangarh is the latest recruit to join the firm’s head office in Oxford Street, Nottingham – arriving just ahead of the 10th National Apprenticeship Week, which this year has the theme of ‘ladder of opportunity’.

“It’s rather appropriate that the theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is ‘ladder of opportunity’ as BSP Consulting has just employed the company’s third apprentice administration assistant, with the previous two apprentice admin assistants having progressed their careers within the firm,” said BSP business development director Jef Todd.

“In the 1980s, I was a former candidate of the Youth Training Scheme – a scheme for helping 16 and 17-year-olds into employment – and I am a firm believer in training and apprenticeship schemes.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Simran to BSP and hope she will enjoy working alongside Katie and Hannah, who were our first and second apprentices.”

Katie White joined BSP in 2012 as a 19-year-old apprentice and completed level 2 in Business Administration. She was then taken on by BSP and subsequently completed level 2 in AAT, an accounting qualification, followed by level 3. She is now office manager.

Hannah Rawson joined BSP in August 2013 as a 17-year-old apprentice, completing level two and level 3 in Business Administration, and was also taken on after a year of working as an apprentice. She is now administration assistant at the company, which has offices in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester.

Simran, who lives in Derby, will study at New College Nottingham (ncn), as well as working at BSP Consulting, while she undertakes her level 2 in Business Administration.

She said: “After leaving school and then taking my A-levels at college, I thought an apprenticeship was a better opportunity for me because I didn’t have a particular course in mind and I didn’t want to spend three or four years on a course at university and come out not wanting to do it any more.

“When I saw the job description for this position at BSP Consulting it seemed like there was room for progression within the company, which is what I was looking for.”

Jenny Clarke, ncn b2b sales, recruitment and work experience manager, said: “Katie’s story shows just how careers can evolve from an apprenticeship. Katie started her apprenticeship at BSP in 2013 and has progressed through her career to now become the office manager there. We are delighted that Katie and BSP have chosen to return to ncn to support and grow the team’s future talent by taking on further apprentices. In placing Katie, Hannah, and now Simran, we are proud to continue to build on the excellent working relationship that we have developed with BSP over recent years.”

National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy, and runs from 6th to 10th March 2017.

BSP Consulting provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.

Its Derby office is based at Pride Park, and its Leicester office recently expanded by moving to larger premises on the floor above in the building it has occupied in De Montfort Street since 2007.

For more information, visit www.bsp-consulting.co.uk

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