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16 07, 2019

NSPCC Bike Ride

Egniol recently sponsored a support vehicle for 3 staff from the NSPCC Prestatyn office to cycle from the Prestatyn Service Centre to the Cardiff Service Centre.

They left Prestatyn on Friday 21st of June and arrived in Cardiff on the morning of Monday 24th of June.  The team are not hardened cyclists and decided to take the Cycle Path Wales, which is a very hilly 225 mile route, with the target of completing the route over four days. Sue Riddle from Egniol’s Bangor office travelled with the team as support.

  • Day 1: Prestatyn – Shrewsbury (75 Miles)
  • Day 2: Shrewsbury – Hay-On-Wye (60 Miles)
  • Day 3: Hay-On-Wye – Chepstow (50 Miles)
  • Day 4: Chepstow – Cardiff (40 Miles)

After a 5am start on the final day, the team managed to get to Cardiff just in time for former Welsh Rugby Captain, Sam Warburton, to see them arrive. This was a very welcome sight at the end of some long days!

The NSPCC North Wales Service Centre works to support children and their families who have been abused to re-build their lives.

The PANTs campaign materials also help parents talk to their children about staying safe from abuse.

Mike, Sarah, Cathryn and Sue would like to thank everyone for their support during this challenge.

So far, the team have raised over £2,200 of their £2,500 target. To sponsor them, visit: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/bikerideprestatyntocardiff

4 03, 2019

Geoenvironmental Team Expands

We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Radiven to our expanding geoenvironmental team at Egniol. Charlotte has almost 10 years of geoenvironmental consultancy experience and brings with her a full range of service capability from initial Phase I and Phase II Investigations, preparation of Material Management Plans and remediation strategies, through to validation and regulatory completion.

Charlotte has a focus on asbestos remediation and validation and joints a growing team in our Cheshire office alongside or wider ground investigation and environmental specialists to strengthen and build our contaminated land and geoenvironmental offering.

13 12, 2018

Business Growth through Leadership Programme

Egniol’s Owen Bracegirdle has recently completed the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3, New Leaders Course, taught through the ION Leadership Programme, led by Swansea University in Partnership with Bangor University. Owen is the fourth Egniol employee to successfully complete a course with ION, showing our sustained commitment to develop and enhance the leadership skills of our staff. Owen said, ‘’Completing this course has given me confidence in initiating new opportunities as well as strengthening working relationships with existing clients.  It’s also taught me situational leadership and management techniques that I can apply to the teams involved within my projects, whether that’s external design teams or with colleagues’’.

Congratulations to Owen for completing the ION Course and here’s to further success in 2019.  For more information please see the link below:-

https://wales247.co.uk/engineers-winning-new-business-and-growing-in-confidence-thanks-to-leadership-programme/

30 08, 2018

Managing Risk from UXO

Background

More than 30,000 tonnes of bombs were dropped on Britain during World War II. Combined with munitions from World War I and MoD firing ranges the risk of encountering Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) has to be a consideration during development. Egniol can help manage the risks from this legacy.

UXO 1

Guidance and Risk

Guidance released by CIRIA in 2009 estimated that 15,000 items ranging from unexploded bombs, grenades and small mortar rounds were unearthed on UK construction sites between 2006 and 2008. The Aston expressway in Birmingham was closed in 2016 for a time and nearby houses evacuated after the discovery of a bomb containing 132kg of high explosive. More recently, London City Airport was closed due to the discovery of a WWII bomb in the Thames. These events have a major impact on Health and Safety, project costs and programme and a structured, risk based approach is needed to manage and mitigate them robustly.

UXO 2

Experience

Egniol have a wealth of experience in dealing with these sites. UXO is considered within a Phase I study where UXO and bomb risk maps are consulted, particularly for the heavily targeted areas during WWII (London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, etc). If deemed to be at risk we would then consult with specialist organisations to arrange further information to be gathered and a risk management strategy to be drafted. This often involves specialist personnel in site works to continuously monitor excavation practices and utilise non-intrusive surveying techniques to detect UXO underground. Having clarity in the approach makes for a safe and cost-effective project.

For more information on how Egniol can assist with such projects, contact our team on 01248 355996.

24 07, 2018

Blazing Paddles race to the Final!

On a very sunny Saturday at the end of June, Egniol’s Blazing Paddles Dragon Boat team took to Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, for the annual St David’s Hospice Dragon Boat Festival, raising money for this excellent cause. The team was a mix of seasoned veterans and new-comers, backed by a wonderful BBQ courtesy of Egniol’s Chairman, Peter Dilworth (ably assisted by Alan and David!). A total of 19 crews were on the water for the 2018 event, a wide mixture in abilities with some fierce competition from previous winners and competitors alike.

In the face of this competition, Blazing Paddles set 4th fastest time overall in their final heat, booking a place in the final for the fourth time in five years. With a keen wind blowing down from Llanberis Pass, the final was a very close affair, with all 4 crews finishing within 2 seconds of one another (less than a boats length!). Despite a valiant effort and strong, coordinated paddling, Egniol finished 4th overall, narrowly missing out on the medal places but less than a second.

A great day was had by all and a big thank you to everyone involved, and everyone that donated to the cause.  If anyone wishes to contribute to our fundraising effort, please visit our JustGiving page for the event at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/egniolenvironmental18

The team are already looking forward to improving their performance in 2019, with medals firmly in their sight.

Dragon Boat Team Photo 18

18 07, 2018

Owen Stevens joins Egniol

We are delighted to welcome Owen Stevens to Egniol.

Owen is a hugely experienced geoenvironmental engineer and has been involved in the field for over 20 years.  He joins us from Patrick Parsons where he was responsible for the geoenvironmental business across the north of England and prior to that he was at specialist geoenvironmental consultancy REC, where he was Regional Director for their north of England offices.  Owen will be based at our Cheshire office and will be working with our existing ground investigation and environmental specialists to strengthen and build our contaminated land and geoenvironmental offering.

Owen Stevens joins Egniol

16 07, 2018

Civil Engineering Graduates

Egniol’s Owen Bracegirdle and Gareth Roberts attended a graduation ceremony at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Friday, July 6th after achieving first class honours in their BEng Civil Engineering degrees undertaken at Coleg Llandrillo, in partnership with University of Wales, Bangor. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, they both successfully completed their studies while having young families and juggling full-time work! Huge congratulations to both of them from all at Egniol. Both are now focussed on continuing their professional development towards chartership through the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Graduation

2 05, 2018

Habitat Mapping Article Published

The development of technology in recent years has revolutionized the methods by which habitat mapping is undertaken and generated. Egniol’s Senior Ecologist Alan Cowlishaw has recently produced an article for Inside Ecology discussing the timeline of ecology survey mapping techniques, including a focus on the future use of hyperspectral imaging.

Alan’s article can be found by clicking here.

Habitat Mapping

For more information on the ecological services which Egniol provide, including habitat mapping, contact our Bangor office on 01248 355996 or email alan.cowlishaw@egniol.com

24 04, 2018

Stabilizing and Repurposing Closed Landfill Sites

Management of closed landfill sites presents various long term environmental challenges. In particular, the waste stabilization process is specific to every landfill site, and the resultant risks to the surrounding environment associated with landfill gas and leachate require a tailored management approach.

Egniol has been advising a local authority in north Wales on aftercare management of a closed landfill site since 2014. The site comprises both engineered areas and older ‘dilute & disperse’ areas, and has a highly variable waste composition across the site.

The remit of Egniol’s support to the local authority is two fold, to ensure full compliance with the site’s environmental permit whilst ensuring an optimal stabilization of the waste mass; this is imperative for any future permit surrender. Egniol prepared a comprehensive Gas Management Review Plan which was agreed with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and has been implemented with the local authority. The Plan contains a series of measures aimed to improve the gas production process, reduce fugitive emissions and downsizing of the existing landfill gas engine.

Further work included carrying out of a leachate audit for better understanding of conditions within the landfill cells. A leachate recirculation system was designed and an initial recirculation trial overseen. Further trials are to be carried out in the near future before the long term leachate management approach is finalized.

Egniol has also begun appraisal of the potential opportunities to transform the cost liabilities of the site management to a revenue-generating business. The site already benefits from the existing road access, available space, and spare grid capacity.

A number of potential energy technologies were assessed and presented to the local authority, each providing certain marked benefits in terms of revenue, cost reduction, energy security and environmental sustainability. These options are undergoing further technical and financial feasibility assessments as we continue to work closely with the local authority.

Penhesgyn Site

26 03, 2018

Site Closure and Restoration Works

Egniol has been providing engineering and environmental services in relation to landfill site closure works at a former tin and copper mine in the south west of England since 2007. The site has been undergoing progressive completion and restoration work in readiness for handback to the Local Authority in accordance with the permit and planning requirements. The work has been wide ranging and covered most aspects of the engineering of former landfills prior to return to beneficial use.

In particular we have provided design and construction supervision services for the capping system construction; preparation of a Site Restoration Plant for the use of soil forming waste materials as a waste recovery operation; the creation of a wide range of ecological habitats to form heathland, native woodland, glades and acid and native grassland and integration into a fully functioning ecosystem; design and construction supervision of the surface water management system; design and construction supervision of the burial of approximately 18 kilometres of active landfill gas pipework and lowering of associated infrastructure such as gas manifolds and condensate de-watering points; the re-establishment of a 1.3-kilometre public bridleway across areas of the historical tin and copper mine and the landfill containment cells. Egniol designed and managed the construction of the bridleway following discussions with the Rights of Way officer, Mining Consultants and the British Horse Society.

02. United Mines Pic 1

Our work at this challenging site is ongoing and we continue to bring our experience and expertise to bear in the restoration of this site.

02. United Mines Pic 2

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