With the vote to leave The EU and the general Election now behind us we have been concentrating on consolidating our position with existing Clients whilst also looking to expand our offer to new customers, providing expert advice and guidance to allow them to realise their aims and adapt to the changing circumstances they face. The recent adjustments to the Government’s Energy Policy as set out in “The Clean Growth Strategy” have presented challenges and opportunities to the construction and energy generation industries, which we believe require a positive and innovative approach to maintain a healthy workload and to grasp new opportunities. The reduction in support for onshore Wind in England outlined in the document is likely to lead to a pause in the development of new Wind Farms but in Scotland and the rest of the UK the appetite for continuing development seems greater than ever. Our focus in England has therefore changed to looking at Green Gas projects and assisting generators to add energy storage to their existing renewables schemes. We continue to support our Clients with development proposals in Scotland along with the design of a series of foundations for smaller scale Wind Turbines Generators, that are due to be released on the global market with the aim of making Onshore Wind viable, irrespective of the regulatory support framework. Our Civil and Structural Engineers continue to work with local, regional and national Clients in the more traditional areas of the construction industry with new projects in the leisure, retail , residential, Health and commercial sectors, with a number of new projects
The Year So Far
The construction of Alveston Wind Farm, for which our Civil Engineers and Principal Designers played a key role in design of the infrastructure and management of the construction process has now been completed with the turbines due to start generating form the beginning of November, ahead of schedule and within budget. We have also completed the design of the enabling works and highway adaptations to allow a new state of the art Anaerobic Digestion Energy Plant to move forward at Sparsholt College in Hampshire and are hoping that confirmation of the new regulatory framework for Biogas production will allow us to move forward with the detailed design of this ground breaking scheme with our Clients. The first phase of refurbishment of The Lygon Arms in Broadway, has just been completed, with our engineers designing a series of adaptions and alterations that could be undertaken whist the Hotel remained open for business. Following the successful conversion of a former Nissan Hut in Dunmow, Essex to a state of the art residence, we have been commissioned to undertake a similar exercise on a former aircraft hangar in Morden. The residential housing sector remains very active with our designs being implemented on refurbishment and new build sites across Gloucestershire, as well as in London, Hereford, Wiltshire and South Wales.
Our structural engineers are also working on a series of residential conversions of agricultural buildings with local Architects and private Clients and we have been appointed as engineering consultants for the refurbishment and modernisation of the historic Lygon Arms Hotel.
We have engaged undergraduate Engineers through the summer, who have been able to contribute to our work in a positive and meaningful way and we are now in the process of implementing an apprenticeship scheme to sit alongside our graduate training programme.