An article on Derby City Council News issued today, Thursday 19th July gives advanced notice of the next phase of works on the A52 Brian Clough Way.The next phase of works to widen the road and create a third lane, will take place from Sunday 29th July, and will involve the diversion of services in the verge and the construction of a new wall to retain the existing embankment.One lane on the westbound carriageway between Raynesway and the Wyvern junction, will be closed for 24 hours a day. Overnight closures during the week, Monday to Friday will be in place from 8.00pm to 6.00am.Daytime lane restrictions will be removed on Sunday 26th August, with the overnight road closures continuing until mid-November.When Derby County Football Club are playing at home, night time closures will not be implemented until 11.00pm, to minimise disruption. When the road is closed, traffic will be diverted along Derby Road and Nottingham Road.More details about the next planned programme of works, 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.
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An epic bike ride saw kind-hearted colleagues from T. C . Harrison Group raise more than £6,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
T. C. Harrison Group were joined by members of the Harrison family for the four-day challenge, which was aptly named the ‘Tour de TCH’, cycling around 10 of T. C. Harrison sites, covering an impressive 275 miles in total.
The first day of the gruelling challenge began at the TCH JCB depot in Chapeltown, before heading off past TCH Leasing, and finishing at TCH JCB in Lincoln. The next day, the team cycled from Lincoln to TCH Ford Spalding, finishing at TCH Ford Peterborough. The third day saw riders leave Peterborough and head to TCH Ford Huntingdon, where other members of the group were joined by the riders and travelled to TCH Ford St Neots and then up to TCH Ford Stamford. On the final day, the team headed off from Stamford to TCH Ford Burton, where again, members of the team joined the riders for the last stretch to TCH Ford site at Pride Park, Derby.
Joint-Deputy Chairman William Harrison, his wife Claire and Joel Harrison, son of current Chairman James Harrison, joined members of the T. C. Harrison Group’s Senior Management Team for the challenge, which took place from 3rd June to 6th June.
When the team reached Derby, there was a joint-cause for celebration – not only had they completed the gruelling bike ride, but it was also William’s 50th birthday.
Thanks to generous donations from customers and suppliers, the group raised an impressive £6,380 for the BHF, which is TC Harrison’s Partner of the Year, topped up to £10,000 by the TCH group. They have now raised over £13,000 for the BHF over the last few years.
A cheque presentation was held at the T. C. Harrison FordStore Derby, at Pride Park, on Wednesday 18th July. Among those in attendance was Michael Flude, who has recently been awarded the Hero of Derbyshire Award and the overall Police & Crime Commissioner Award for his tireless fundraising efforts and support of heart patients and their families and carers through Take Heart Derby.
The money raised by T.C. Harrison will help the BHF fund research into all heart and circulatory conditions, including heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia, along with risk factors including diabetes. In the East Midlands alone, around 20,000 people devastatingly lose their lives to conditions including heart disease, stroke and heart failure every year.
The BHF wants a world without heart and circulatory diseases, so is funding vital research to keep hearts beating and blood flowing. Each year, the charity funds £100 million to find cures and treatments for these conditions.
T.C. Harrison Ford has worked with the BHF since 2015. They have organised numerous fundraising activities and have facilitated heart related awareness events, including CPR and defibrillator awareness sessions, for colleagues, other employees in the local area and members of the public.
In February 2016, thanks to funding from the BHF, a public access defibrillator was installed at the T.C. Harrison FordStore Derby. This is available 24/7 and is a valued asset to the many businesses and people within the Pride Park area. The provision also supports East Midlands Ambulance Service, enabling prompt local deployment of this potentially life-saving device.
Mark Creed, TCH Group H&S Manager said: “We were delighted to take part in this event and raise vital funds for the BHF, which is a cause that is very close to our hearts here at T.C. Harrison Group.
“The BHF is leading the fight against heart and circulatory disease in the UK, which is responsible for nearly 160,000 UK deaths each year – around one every three minutes. Through such fundraising efforts the BHF are able to fund new research, which will be central to discovering vital treatments for people living with heart and circulatory conditions.”
Derek Kilgariff, Fundraising Manager in Derbyshire at the BHF, added: “Thank you so much to T.C. Harrison for adopting the BHF as their charity Partner of the Year.
“Their fantastic fundraising efforts will make a real difference to people’s lives. There are over 110,000 people in Derbyshire alone, living with heart or circulatory problems, and we applaud companies like T.C. Harrison who will help beat heartbreak forever.”
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.
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.
Conference to help close ‘digital doors’ on cyber criminals
Police and industry professionals in the East Midlands are joining forces to provide advice to business owners on how to best protect against cybercrime.
The first East Midlands regional cybercrime conference will take place at Pride Park Stadium in Derby next month.
The Essential Digital Protection for Business Conference is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses protect themselves from cyberattacks — and advise on what do to in the event that they are targeted.
The free event will bring together experts in the field and is hosted by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), which works on behalf of the region’s five police forces in tackling serious, organised and major crime, counter-terrorism and domestic extremism.
Derbyshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Peter Goodman, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for cybercrime, said: “Digital crime is now the biggest single crime category faced by police.
“The majority of organisations have had some sort of digital security breach and businesses and industry need to work closely with the police to try and prevent and detect cyberattacks.
“For criminals, cybercrime is perceived to have a lower risk of being caught than traditional crime, but the impact on individuals concerned can still be life changing.
“This conference is the perfect opportunity to learn how to protect your business and livelihood.”
Chief Constable Goodman will be delivering a key note speech outlining the main issues affecting businesses and will be followed by presentations on how to protect your business, the impact of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation and a panel discussion on the response to a cyberattack.
For those unable to attend the full day event, a breakfast session is being held covering the key points of the day from 8am until 9am. Those unable to make the trip to Derby then they can join the livestream of the event and feed their questions into the speakers.
EMSOU Detective Chief Inspector Ed McBryde-Wilding said: “If you own a home or business it goes without saying that you insure the building and what’s inside is protected. You invest in good locks and burglar alarms, you may even employ a security guard to patrol your grounds.
“Considering we conduct a large part of our living and working online these days (in fact, it’s hard to imagine a business, or individual for that matter, without some form of digital footprint) the same amount of investment is still not being made in our online security. And this is, for many, not through a lack of desire, but more a lack of understanding of what can be a complex and constantly evolving area.
“Many people still don’t know enough about the cyber world and as a consequence are inadvertently leaving digital doors open to criminals. And I’m not just talking about small, local business owners. These sorts of breaches are happening to large national corporations and even global leaders in the digital sector.
“We can all better understand our technical estate and better protect it from the unscrupulous few who are always on the lookout for ways of exploiting and profiting from others.
“So, just as we do our premises, let’s do all we can to protect our online assets from criminals. Learn how to defend against hackers and malware, back-up information and report any breaches.
“Attend our conference and learn how we can work together to keep online criminals out.”
The Essential Digital Protection for Business Conference takes place on March 9. To book attendance at this event, or the condensed breakfast session, click here.
If you suspect your business has been targeted by cyber criminals report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
New Derby Half Marathon added to Run For All’s 2018 event calendar
Thousands of runners are set to take on a new Run For All challenge in 2018 – as the organisation announces a new half marathon in Derby.
The not-for-profit organisation is taking over the staging of the event formerly known as the Ramathon.
Run For All aims to build on the success of the event, which already attracts thousands of runners every year.
Next year’s event – to be known as the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon – will take place on Sunday 3rd June and entries are open now at www.runforall.com
To celebrate the launch of the new event, participants who enter in the next week can take part for the discounted price of just £25!
Run For All is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised almost £2m for charity through a series of endurance challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Its stable of events already includes successful 10Ks in Leeds, Lincoln, Sheffield, York, Hull, Burnley, Bury, Leicester, King’s Lynn and Nottingham, the Leeds Half Marathon, Sheffield Half Marathon, Hull Half Marathon and the Yorkshire 10 Mile and Yorkshire Marathon in York.
The Asda Foundation is the headline sponsor of all Run For All events and the Ramathon will be renamed the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon
As in previous years, the half marathon will leave Pride Park Stadium and head into city centre, going through Market Place and past the cathedral before heading back along London Road. Elvaston Castle Country Park will remain a key feature of the route. The key organiser of the event in previous years will also be working alongside Run For All to deliver the event in future years.
Run For All Events Manager Tristan Batley-Kyle said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to take on the running of such an excellent event.
“We look forward to working with everyone involved to make the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon a huge success.”
Mandy Rivett, Asda Foundation Coordinator, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to add another exciting half marathon to the Asda Foundation series. The events that make up the series are already highly regarded and the addition of Derby will further enhance that reputation and provide a great new challenge for runners and fundraisers.”
Entrants can run for fun, for a personal challenge or for a good cause of their choice. They are especially encouraged to support the event’s official partner charities which will be announced shortly.
Entries for the Derby Half Marathon on Sunday 3rd June are now open at www.runforall.com
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.