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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, 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


(existing occupier below (P Ducker Systems) unaffected )

  • Prominent Location
  • Fast Access to A52
  • Easy Walking Distance to Wyern Retail Park
  • Panoramic Views
  • 8 Person Passenger Lift
  • Data Network
  • Comfort Cooling and Gas-fired Heating
  • Exclusive Toilets, Kitchen – together with Plant Room and Store Room
  • Allocated Private Parking
  • Impressive Entrance Atrium

The present tenants, OneSubSea UK Ltd, have the benefit of a full data network (which will be left in situ without any warranty).  Their lease ends 2nd May 2012 with opportunities to extend.  The sublease will be drawn up outside the provisions of the Sections 24-28 of The Landlord & Tenant Act 1954.


For further information and  lease terms, please contact Trevor Raybould of the sole letting agents, Raybould & Sons – 01332 295555

subject to contract and availability

Derby Pride Academy is an alternative provision free school based on Pride Park.

We work with vulnerable and challenging young people to engage and sustain learning to improve their attainment, behaviour, attendance, self-esteem and confidence whilst providing skills to support development as responsible members of the community.  We also develop employability skills to prepare them for employment, apprenticeship or other study routes beyond 16.

A recent report written by a BBC correspondent describes how those young people who are able to engage in regular contact with employers while at school are much less likely to become NEET, that is ‘not in education, employment or training’.

The research found that if students had at least four contacts with employers before they left school they would be 86% less likely to become NEET.  These employer encounters could be in the form of visits from employers, job shadowing or placements in the workplace.

The availability of contact with employers was skewed towards better-off pupils, meaning that disadvantaged pupils were more likely to miss out on such insights into the world of work.  Those who were least likely to have such links with employers were those on free meals and whose parents had low levels of education.

The study found a link between positive experiences of meeting employers at school with a more successful entry into the jobs market and was particularly useful for the type of “soft skills” communication and social skills valued by employers.


Here at Derby Pride Academy we are keen to give our students the best opportunity to experience the world of work and to help them secure fulfilling jobs in the future.  We offer them a variety of Life Skills and careers advice as part of our curriculum but would welcome further engagement from local employers who would be willing to come into our school to talk about their jobs, answer questions from our students and raise awareness about possible future careers.


If you feel you would be able to give a little of your time to come into Derby Pride Academy to speak to our students, possibly during a joint Q & A session, or would be happy to host a small group of supervised students on your premises please contact Nicky Smith,, 01332 349616, to make the necessary arrangements.

The Print Angels at Essential Print Services

Pride Park print firm confirms new signings as part of an expansion plan.

The Print Angels at Essential Print Services

Based on Pride Park in Derby, print “evangelists” Essential Print Services, are continuing their expansion plan by taking on a new “Print Angels”.

Fran Ellis, Emma Hough and Stacey Barradell are amongst the latest three signings for the firm. The new trio joins the squad of Print Angels at Essential Print Services, which – now in its seventh year of trading – is continuing to grow from strength to strength.

The company was set up in 2011 by Yvonne Gorman, who trained initially as a graphic designer over 20 years ago; “having the right people in your business is crucial. You need employees who understand that outstanding quality and amazing customer service is paramount. Printing is hard work and can be technically challenging so, what is also important to me, is that I have a team who can fun in the office and enjoy what they do – the space hoppers certainly help with that.”

“The new additions to the team is yet another step in the right direction. Our expansion plan is coming to fruition. I’d like to thank all the Print Angels for all their hard work and support – I’m excited and energised about what the future has in store for us,” Yvonne concluded.

“You have to be a certain calibre of person to be a Print Angel. You must have high standards, attention to detail and have the client’s best interests at heart, at ALL times. I’m confident that my new colleagues have all these attributes and more!” said Kate Aldridge, who has been with the firm now for over two years.

Yvonne herself is already a renowned business figurehead; named as one of a handful of “Leading Ladies” in the local press, appearing on ITV Central News, visited No. 10 Downing Street and is continuing her appointment as Small Business Saturday UK Champion. Her most recent accolade is the confirmation of her appointment as Non-Exec Director of the Inward Investment Agency; Marketing Derby, which is a supporter of

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

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.

From Tuesday 17th April, work commenced to create the new narrow lane arrangements on the Eastbound and Westbound carriageways, ready for the next phase of widening works.  Temporary barriers will be in place on both carriageways.

To complete this phase of work, there will be eastbound road closures on Friday 20th April and on Monday 23rd April, between 8.00pm and 6.00am. The A52 Eastbound carriageway will be closed from Pentagon Island to Raynesway, including Wyvern Way slip road on to the A52 Eastbound.  Signed diversion routes will be in place.

There are no further planned road closures on the A52 for April.  I will send out a further update if there are any road closures in the future. The A52 scheme webpage will be regularly updated and messages will be sent out on social media.


A52 road closures – 16th to 20th April 2018

Nighttime works will continue next week on the Eastbound and Westbound carriageways of the A52 Brian Clough Way between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions. Both carriageways will be closed from midnight on Monday 16th April and on Wednesday 18th April. All lanes will be open each day by 6.00am.

Work will take place to create the new narrow lane arrangements on the Eastbound and Westbound carriageways, ready for the next phase of widening works.  The widening works, taking place mainly in the daytime from 23rd April, will be offline works with two narrow lanes in place on each side of the carriageway.

The planned closures are shown on the attached table. Plans and details of the diversion routes are on the scheme webpage.  Times/dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances.


A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme – Stakeholder Update – March 2018


A52 Brian Clough Way

 The next phase of work, between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions, starts on Saturday 24th March 2018. This phase includes the construction of the new concrete central reservation barrier. This needs to be carried out in the daytime and is being done during the Easter school holiday period, when there will be less traffic on the roads. One lane of the carriageway in each direction will be closed for 24 hours a day.  The lane closures will be in place between Saturday 24th March and Thursday 29th March and then again after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend between Tuesday 3rd April and Friday 6th April.

More details about these works can be found in the Latest News section on the A52 Scheme webpage and in this article from Council News.

Wyvern Way/Stanier Way junction improvement works

The road layout at Wyvern Way/Stanier Way junction was altered during the evening of 21st March as part of the next phase of work to construct a new roundabout at this junction. A few issues with this junction were raised and changes to the road markings were made overnight on 22nd March. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Area between the A52 and park near to Waterford Drive 

On Friday 16th March pupils from Meadow Farm Community Primary School helped to plant over 120 trees in this area. In total 3,200 trees have been planted, with help from the Trees for Cities project.  Further details are in this article from Council News.

Footbridge from Meadow Lane, Chaddesden, to Wyvern Retail Park 

At the end of the existing footbridge on the Wyvern side, a ramp has been created leading to a temporary pedestrian crossing. The area between Wyvern Way and Toys R Us car park has been fenced off for safety reasons whilst work takes place in the area. The footbridge will stay in place whilst the replacement footbridge is constructed from Meadow Lane to the Wyvern Retail Park.

Further details about the scheme are on the A52 Scheme webpage. This will be regularly updated as the Scheme progresses.


An article on Derby City Council News dated 12th March 2018 gives advanced notice of the next phase of work on the A52 Brian Clough Way, between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions.

The current phase of works being carried out, on midweek nights between 8pm and 6am, continues until 23rd March. The A52 Brian Clough Way Eastbound, between Eastgate/Pentagon Island and Raynesway, will be closed overnight. There will be no access to the A52 Eastbound from the Wyvern Way slip road. Lane 2 westbound will also be closed, from Raynesway to Pentagon Island, at the same times as the eastbound road closure each evening.

The next phase of works from 24th March includes the construction of a new concrete safety barrier in the central reservation. Due to the complexity of the installation process and safety concerns, it is essential that this work takes place during the daytime. One lane in each direction of the carriageway, between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions, will be closed for 24 hours a day.  The lane closures will be in place between Monday 26th March and Thursday 29th March and between Tuesday 3rd April and Friday 6th April.

More details about the next planned programme of works, from 24th March, are in the Latest News section on the A52 Scheme webpage. Further email updates will be sent out and will the webpage will be updated, along with Twitter and Facebook updates.