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

6 03, 2018

Ecological Restoration Works Survey

Egniol are working with one of the UK’s top 3 waste operators on the ecological restoration of one of the largest landfill sites in the north west. Waste deposition at the site was completed a number of years ago and following an initial phase of limited restoration the site has remained dormant. Now that the site is to be returned to the land owners, restoration must be completed.

We will be carrying out baseline surveys of the site to help guide a revised restoration plan that will satisfy planning conditions and the land owners requirements, including the surveying of habitats, vegetation, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The revised scheme will aim to maximize the ecological value of the site and return it back to beneficial use.

Ecology Restoration Survey

If you have similar requirements, or want to know more about our Ecology services, please call 01248 355996.

27 02, 2018

David Homan joins Egniol

Egniol is delighted to announce the arrival of David Homan in our Infrastructure team.  David is a civil engineer with almost 20 years’ experience in the construction industry with a focus on designing and managing infrastructure projects with values up to £20 million within the regeneration, infrastructure, and civil aviation sectors. He has a wealth of design, project management and construction experience working with Consulting Engineers, Civil Engineering Contractors, Housing Developers and Sewerage Undertakers, from planning through to construction. He is proficient in implementation of S38, S278, S104 works for developers and local authorities, liaising with third parties including Lead Local Flood Authorities, Network Rail, Environment Agency and others.  We’re sure he’ll be a great addition to the Egniol team.

For more information on our Infrastructure projects and services, please visit www.egniol.com or call: 01248 355996.

19 02, 2018

Egniol opens new office in Milton Keynes

Following hot on the heels of a great year for Egniol in 2017, we are excited to begin 2018 with the opening of our new office in Milton Keynes.  Located at Warren Park the newly refurbished office will provide a key base for our busy infrastructure team in the midlands and south east of England, with ample room for further growth over coming years.  Dan Shoesmith, Infrastructure Director, will be based at the new office and commented, “It’s an exciting time for Egniol in the region and the new office will provide our clients with ready access to our team and help us to engage more projects, more effectively.

MK Office

For more information on our Infrastructure projects and services, please visit www.egniol.com or call: 01248 355996.

23 10, 2017

Mud, Sweat and Beers complete Hell Runner 2017

On a hot and sunny Saturday in mid-October, a bunch of brave souls from Egniol competed in what is known as the “UK’s toughest half marathon”, Hell Runner Up North. Set in Delamere Forest Park in Cheshire, the course wound its way around the park, over numerous obstacles, including the “Hills of Hell” and through the famous “Lucifer’s Lido” and the dreaded “Bog of Doom”.

Egniol’s team, “Mud, Sweat and Beers”, consisted of 7 staff members, ably assisted by Michelle Uren and Ste Barnard, took to the challenge with grit and gusto, starting out in the first wave of around 500 people.

First home for Egniol was Bryn Webb with a great time of 2 hours, 35 mins and 43 secs for the 13.2 mile course, next home was Trevor Dilworth in 3:14:17. Given the winning time was 2 hrs and 28 secs, that was a fine effort from both! all of the team that started, made it around the course successfully.

Egniol’s Russell Pearson was running to raise money for Chron’s and Colitis UK. If you would like to donate to this very good cause, please visit Russell’s Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/russhellrunner

Well done to the team for their stellar efforts on the event, the training was well worth it in the end! (The photo below is BEFORE the event, the “after” shots are somewhat more muddy!).

Hell Runner 2017 Team

26 09, 2017

Senior Ecologist, Alan Cowlishaw

We are very happy to welcome Alan Cowlishaw to the Egniol team, joining the rapidly expanding Bangor office as Senior Ecologist.

Alan has 13 years experience of working in construction, energy and transport infrastructure as an ecologist and as an IRATA rope access supervisor. His ecological experience has been gained in research and consultancy both in the UK and overseas.

Holding Natural England and Natural Resources Wales Bat Licenses, Alan has extensive experience in carrying out primary ecological assessments and surveys for developments for bats, reptiles and amphibians. Other survey experience in the UK includes badgers, aquatic invertebrates and nesting birds; overseas Alan has carried out research into lizards in the Caribbean, Bonobo Chimpanzees in the Congo and Baboons in Namibia.

As part of the service offered we can provide protected species surveys, licensing and mitigation services to our existing and new clients throughout the UK. Contact our Bangor office on 01248 355996 for more information on what we can offer.

Welcome to the Egniol team, Alan!

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20 09, 2017

Head of Infrastructure, Dan Shoesmith

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Dan Shoesmith at Egniol, joining us as our new Head of Infrastructure. Dan joins us from Pell Frischmann where he has spent most of the last 20 years building an enviable career in the delivery of large and complex infrastructure projects, including buildings, highways and airports.

He has worked across a variety of development sectors including residential, employment, waste, commercial, leisure and mixed-use. Dan is based in Milton Keynes, will work from our Southern region office and will be further strengthening our infrastructure sector offering in the south as well as supporting and helping to develop our wider civil and structural engineering teams around the country.

Welcome to Egniol Dan!

Dan Shoesmith Photo

15 08, 2017

Egniol obtain Approved Body Certification of Design (Building Structures) status under Structural Engineers Registration Ltd (Scotland) Scheme

In our drive for continuous improvement and diversification into new areas of engineering and new regions, Egniol are now certified as an Approved Body for Certification of Design (Building Structures) in Scotland.

The Structural Engineers Registration (Scotland) Scheme (SER) was introduced in response to the requirements of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 and was established as a result of a joint initiative between the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Scottish Government.

The Certifying Engineer within an Approved Body is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of design of a building project satisfy the requirements of the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004. The legislation also makes engineers who are responsible for building structures specifically aware of their responsibilities and duties in the design process, consequently improving the delivery of structural safety both during and post construction. For these reasons, strict assessment procedures are adhered to by SER in considering applications by individual Certifying Engineers and Companies seeking registration as Approved bodies under the SER (Scotland) Scheme.

As an SER (Scotland) Approved Body, Egniol are able to offer clients an effective route to obtaining a Building Warrant for building projects in Scotland.

SER Cert 17

2 08, 2017

Accreditation for Egniol’s EMS to British Standard

Egniol is delighted to announce accreditation of its Environmental Management System to the British Standard ISO14001:2015 ahead of the transition deadline of the new Standard in September 2018.

In line with business objectives, Egniol has also successfully integrated its Quality Management and Environmental Management Systems into a single Business Management System covering the Company’s engineering and environmental services, site operations as well as procurement and minimizing our environmental impacts.

Achieving an integrated quality and environmental management system accredited to both ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 ensures confidence in service provision for our existing clients and enhances our market position for gaining new customers.

ISO-14001 Logo

20 07, 2017

Welsh Learner of the Year finalist looking forward!

Richard Furniss, Senior Consultant in Egniol’s Bangor office has reached the final of the annual Dysgwr y Flwyddyn (Welsh Learner of the Year) competition, held as part of the National Eisteddfod of Wales (Eisteddfod Genedlaethol), which this year is being held in Bodedern, Anglesey.

Having started learning Welsh in 2005 whilst attending Bangor University, Richard has continued on with evening courses in Llangefni and Bangor, passing several exams in the same period and gaining a GSCE (2nd Language) equivalent qualification. Richard is currently studying on the Meistroli (Master) course in Bangor and is aiming to complete his A-Level (2nd Language) exam in Summer 2018. Richard said of the competition” It’s a fantastic honour to be involved in Dysgwr y Flwyddyn, let alone reach the final. It was a big shock when my name was read out in the Semi-Finals, the level of Welsh spoken by the other competitors was so high, I felt privileged just to have reached the Semi-Finals. Learning Welsh has helped me working with clients in north Wales and outside of work with my in-laws as well. I’m looking forward to the next step although it feels like I’ve achieved a lot already in getting this far. I have to say a huge thank you to Egniol for their continued support and for the members of the team who speak Welsh for allowing me to practice with them; I also have to thank my wife and in-laws for their support over the past 10 years, it’s all helped with developing my language skills.”

As part of the process, Richard and the other competitors attending the Semi-Finals in Anglesey, completing an interview with this year’s judging panel before a nervous wait to find out who the finalists would be. Profiles of the four finalists, along with more information on competition and the Eisteddfod itself can be found at the following link: Dysgwr y Flwyddyn 2017

S4C’s Dal Ati! (“Keep at it!”) program were filming during the Semi-Final and have visited the Egniol offices as part of the programs which will be shown during the Eisteddfod week in early August, along with the final itself.

Llongyfarchiadau mawr i Richard a phob lwc ar y Maes!

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