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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

BSP Consulting has an immediate vacancy in our Derby office for an AutoCAD Technician to work within our experienced structural engineering design team.

From our Derby office we work for prestigious clients throughout the East Midlands and United Kingdom, designing steel and concrete framed and loadbearing masonry buildings.

Responsibilities

The role would suit someone with experience using AutoCad drafting software in a structural engineering environment. The role will involve the drafting of designs under the guidance of engineers and senior technicians for projects in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors. The role will require personal time management and teamwork. It is office based and also includes general office and quality assurance duties.

The successful candidate will be given on the job training to develop their skills and they will work closely with the other members of the structural engineering team. Following an initial period the role can include day-release training at local colleges or university, subject to individual’s needs and ambitions. Client care is of paramount importance to us as a company and, from time to time, the successful candidate will expected to communicate with other professionals within the industry. Therefore they will be an able communicator, both in written English and verbally, in person and on the telephone.

Experience

Two years experience working in the construction industry is required.

Education

A strong background of English, Mathematics and a logical approach to problem solving should be demonstrated. The successful candidate will be computer literate, being an able user of Word and Excel. Specific experience in the use of AutoCAD for technical drawing will need to be demonstrated at interview. It would also be of benefit if the candidate can demonstrate any experience of drawing or design at the interview.

Required Skill

Experience using AutoCAD software is essential for this role.

Desired Skill

Experience in using REVIT is advantageous.

BSP Consulting is an Equal Opportunities Employer. See the values section of our website for a copy of the policy.

Details:

Location: 5 Pride Point Drive, Pride Park, Derby
Hours of work: A minimum of 40 hours per week, from 8.30am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday with 30 minutes lunch.
Holidays: Allowance is in line with industry standard and is subject to relevant experience.
Salary: A competitive salary will be offered and is subject to relevant experience and qualifications.

If you think you could become a valuable member of our team, we would welcome hearing from you.

At BSP Consulting, we believe in employing the right people for the right job. Our staff are at the heart of what we do, and we are committed to employing the best. In return we can offer career development and training opportunities.

You can apply by E-mailing your CV and covering letter to k.white@bsp-consulting.co.uk

or by sending it to:
Katie White
BSP Consulting
12 Oxford Street
Nottingham
NG1 5BG

BSP Consulting has an immediate vacancy in our Nottingham or Derby office for a Civil Engineering Graduate to work within our experienced civil engineering design team.

The team works for clients throughout the East Midlands and United Kingdom, designing SuDS drainage schemes and highway works using Microdrainage and PDS industry standard software with final drawings produced in AutoCAD. The team also carry out river modelling and flood risk assessments using Flood Modeller river modelling software.

Responsibilities

A logical analytical approach to problem solving should be demonstrated. The successful candidate will specifically be able to;-

Operate, autonomously with minimal guidance in relation to design updates, drafting and detailing.

Operate with guidance in the production of basic design solutions when provided with constraints.

Undertake and respond to project based queries by telephone or other means and feedback to others.

Experience

Specific experience in the use of AutoCAD for technical drawing will ideally be demonstrated at interview.

The successful candidate will be given on the job guidance to achieve their individually led development and they will work closely with the other members of the civil engineering team. We operate an ICE registered graduate training scheme which will be open to the successful candidate. Client care is of paramount importance to us as a company, as is the ongoing development and wellbeing of our staff.

Education

The role would suit a BSc/BEng (Hons) qualified civil engineering graduate who has some relevant experience within the industry, circa one year minimum.

Required skills

Knowledge of CDM regulations and construction industry health and safety.

Computer literate, being fully competent in the use of word and excel.

Specific experience in the use of AutoCAD for technical drawing will ideally be demonstrated at interview.

The role would suit a BSc/BEng (Hons) qualified civil engineering graduate who has some relevant experience within the industry, circa one year minimum.

Desired skills

An awareness of or experience in the use of Microdrainage, PDS or Flood Modeller would be advantageous
The role will involve the design and drafting of SuDs schemes, private externals works, section 38 and section 104 works for adoption.

The role will also include the design and drafting of civil engineering works for a wide ranging, variety of sectors.

BSP Consulting is an Equal Opportunities Employer. See the values section of our website for a copy of the policy.

Details:

Location: Oxford Street, Nottingham or Pride Park, Derby
Hours of work: A minimum of 40 hours per week, from 8.30am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday with 30 minutes lunch.
Holidays: Allowance is in line with industry standard and is subject to relevant experience.
Salary: A competitive salary will be offered and is subject to relevant experience and qualifications.

If you think you could become a valuable member of our team, we would welcome hearing from you.

At BSP Consulting, we believe in employing the right people for the right job. Our staff are at the heart of what we do, and we are committed to employing the best. In return we can offer career development and training opportunities.

You can apply by E-mailing your CV and covering letter to k.white@bsp-consulting.co.uk

or by sending it to:
Katie White
BSP Consulting
12 Oxford Street
Nottingham
NG1 5BG

East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering company BSP Consulting has made a series of internal promotions as the company continues to grow.

Former associate director Paul Elphick, who heads up the Leicester office of BSP, has been appointed as a director, while Matthew Viggars, who leads BSP’s civil engineering team in Derby, based at Pride Park, has stepped up from associate to associate director.

In addition, chartered structural engineer Adam Hancocks has been made an associate, working out of the company’s Nottingham headquarters.

BSP has also promoted Oliver Dike, who is based in Derby, and Craig Noonan, who works in Nottingham, to senior engineers.

Chartered structural engineer Paul Elphick joined the company in 2004, while chartered civil engineer Matthew has been at BSP since 2005. Adam Hancocks arrived at BSP in 2011.

Managing director David Sumner said: “I am very pleased to announce these appointments made from within the company. Both Paul and Matthew have been with us for more than a decade, and Adam for more than five years, providing excellent service to our clients and working closely with their colleagues to ensure that BSP Consulting remains one of the most highly regarded civil and structural engineering firms in the region.

“The promotion of Oliver and Craig is as a result of their continued hard work and development as engineers, as well as their accumulation of experience.

“As a business, BSP is growing both commercially and in terms of numbers in the team, and these appointments have been made to support our continued growth and expansion. I’d like to congratulate all of our recently promoted employees and thank them, as well as the rest of the team, for the loyalty, commitment and hard work they have shown.”

BSP Consulting, which has its headquarters 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 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.