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!

Alan C profile pic

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!

6 07, 2017

Catching Dragons paddle their way to 4th place

Egniol once again entered a team of hardy souls into the St David’s Hospice Dragon Boat Challenge, held on Llyn Padarn, Llanberis on Saturday 1st July. The weather held for the majority of the day as the now annual event saw 22 teams each raising over £1,000 in sponsorship whilst competing on the lake to set as fast a time as possible.

Egniol’s “Catching Dragons” team set the fastest time in rounds 1 and 2, only being beaten by Colwyn Bay Canoe Club by the narrowest of margins in round 3. Such fast times saw the team improve on their 6th place finish from 2016 and progress to the final 4, just as the weather began to turn. Hopes were high of returning at least a podium finish.

Unfortunately, a repeat of Egniol’s 2nd place finish in 2015 was not to be had, with the crew suffering a near collision and capsize in the final. In spite of coming close to an impromptu dip in the lake, Catching Dragons finished only 4 seconds off the winners. This bodes well for the 2018 event, especially given the number of first time rowers in the boat!

Many thanks to all involved including Caroline for her chef skills on the BBQ. To Carys, Steph, Harry, John, John and Matt for bolstering team numbers and Brian for his fantastic effort on the drum! Thanks to Peter, Steph and Anna for the refreshments and to Richard for keeping some sort of organisation on the team.

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, including our valued clients. We’ve already raised over £1,000 and we are always aiming to raise as much as possible. For more information, visit:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Egniol-Environmental

Dragon Boat Team Photo

19 06, 2017

Oars at the ready! Egniol are competing in the St David’s Hospice Dragon Boat Challenge for the third consecutive year

On Saturday 1st July 2017, Egniol’s team of adventurous paddlers will be competing on Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, for the St David’s Hospice Dragon Boat Challenge.

Following on from a fantastic 2nd place finish in 2015 and missing out on the final by less than a second in 2016, Egniol will be trying to better previous results whilst also aiming to raise at least £1,000 for this great cause. An enjoyable day on the water is bound to be had by all, with competition coming in the shape of many other teams from across north Wales and beyond.

The event has been growing every year and with over 25 teams competing 2017, with organisers confident of raising over £30,000.

As part of our efforts to raise money, we have set up a JustGiving page for all donors: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Egniol-Environmental

All sponsorship, no matter how big or small, is greatly received.

For more information or to sponsor the team, please contact Peter Dilworth or Richard Furniss or visit our Social Media pages.

St David's Hospice Logo

6 06, 2017

Egniol Inspiring the Next Generation of Environmental Experts

Dr Richard Furniss, Senior Consultant at Egniol Environmental, was recently invited by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) to give a presentation to final year students at Bangor University studying environmental degrees on life working as a consultant in the waste industry.

Richard, himself a graduate of Bangor University at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, joined other speakers from various groups including Natural Resources Wales and the Sustainability Lab aiming to inspire future graduates into taking up a career in the waste management industry and highlighting the role the CIWM plays for professionals.

Whilst giving an overview of his career to date, work undertaken by Egniol and general life the field of consultancy, Richard also focused on a re-use based project which Egniol undertook for a local authority to appraise various options for the re-use of items brought by the public to a local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

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