Opus International Consultants (Opus) attended the 10th Women in Construction Awards at The Palace Hotel in Manchester last month.
Opus has been appointed to provide engineering services for a new £7 million railway station to be built in the town of Maghull, on the Merseyrail Northern Line.
Opus is proud to be sponsoring the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation’s (CIHT) Asset Management Panel conference, ‘How to Create a Resilient Transport Network’.
Opus is delighted to announce it has been shortlisted as a finalist in three categories at the recently established NCE 100 Best Companies of the Year Awards 2016. Opus is one of eight companies which has been shortlisted in both the ‘Best Place to Work’ and ‘Talent Champion’ categories. Opus is also one of ten finalists in the ‘International Impact’ category.
The awards are new for the NCE and aim to recognise firms that are leading the way in five key areas that are critical to delivering for clients and making the workplace a great place to be. The NCE100 Best Companies of the Year Awards sit alongside and complement the NCE100 ranking of the best civil engineering practices here in the UK and abroad.
Huw Edwards, UK Managing Director at Opus says, “I am particularly proud that our focus on the development of our people at home and abroad is gaining industry recognition. We have been successful in a number of people focussed awards over the last couple of years and the shortlisting at the NCE awards is the icing on the cake. Our goal is to be a great place to work and gaining industry recognition for leading the way in these areas is a fantastic achievement.”
Mark Hansford, editor of New Civil Engineer comments, “We launched NCE 100 as an exciting, robust and challenging way to identify the best civil engineering practices. The entries so far have not disappointed. Our shortlisted firms have great stories to tell and we look forward to hearing them in more detail at the next stage.”
For the next stage of judging Opus will take part in face-to-face interviews with a panel representing a cross section of the industry, to further elaborate on the key topics in their submission.
The winners will be announced on the 11th May at a prestigious dinner ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Opus International Consultants delivered a much improved New Zealand and United Kingdom performance in 2015 but the Group result was impacted by poor economic conditions in Canada and Australia.
In conjunction with Stirling Lloyd, Opus’ Andy Tovey (Director - Highways) will be speaking at a one day regional seminar about Asset Management Best Practice. Andy will be a guest speaker, joining many others, including Howard Robinson (Chief Executive of the RSTA), who possess a wealth of knowledge of highway maintenance and maintenance solutions.
Opus International Consultants (Opus) has been appointed by the National Procurement Service (NPS) onto their Phase 3 Framework for Additional Services - Geotechnical. Work will be carried out by the Cardiff and Wrexham offices, and follows previous successful wins with the NPS on both the Phase 1 (Structures) and Phase 2 (Infrastructure) Frameworks. Opus is now the only consultancy providing multi-disciplinary, structural, civils, highways, traffic and transportation, and geotechnical services for all price bands in every region of Wales.
Global infrastructure consultancy, Opus International Consultants (Opus) has appointed Ingrid Shannon-Smith to their Executive Leadership Team in the role of Director, People & Technical Capital and Strategy.
Early in November, Opus International Consultants’ Fareham office was delighted to host the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham. The visit was in honour of work carried out by Opus for the refurbishment of Mumbles Pier in South Wales, which recently won the Peter Mason Award from the National Piers Society.
The work was initiated to provide a new boathouse at the end of the decaying pier for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as part of their infrastructure investment to provide a state of the art UK-wide rescue service.
The Peter Mason Award is presented every four years for work of unusual or meritworthy engineering, associated with a British Pier by the National Piers Society in the form of a magnificent framed painting by the pier artist, Caroline Bilson.
The judges highlighted the ecological and community benefits of the scheme which included providing alternative nesting ledges for the Kittiwake colony, displaced from the pierhead for the duration of the works, and the use of driven piles to avoid smothering the nearby oyster beds that other piling methods may have caused. They were particularly impressed with the live monitoring displacement of the historic structure to avoid its damage, stating it was “particularly innovative and has applications in the refurbishment of other seaside piers”.
A special model cake of the lifeboat station was generously made for the occasion, which was cut by the Mayor of Fareham Cllr Mike Ford.
Earlier in the year, the scheme was awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) “Designed in the South East” Award at its Engineering Excellence Awards 2015, as well as being the Gold award winner in The Green Apple Awards for Architectural Heritage.
Pictured: The project team along with Brian Hillman - Fareham Office Director, award presenter Caroline Buttolph, Ben Sautter (RNLI), The Mayor of Fareham Cllr Mike Ford and the Mayoress Anne Ford.
Gillian Steele, based in the Cardiff office, was awarded the prestigious National Ground Engineering Next Generation award as “Young Geotechnical Engineer of the Year” (Under 26). The awards are highly competitive, and entered by many talented young high calibre geotechnical engineers throughout the country. This makes Gillian’s win all the more impressive, and a proud moment for Opus. The awards ceremony took place on the 19th November in London.
Commenting on her win, the judging panel explained “Gillian is passionate about geotechnical engineering, has broad experience and a clear development path for the future.”
Huw Edwards, Opus' UK Managing Director, adds “This is a fantastic achievement for someone who is just beginning their career. It’s hard to believe that Gillian only graduated last summer. Not only is she progressing well technically, Gillian is extremely proactive outside of work. She is heavily involved in the South Wales Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Graduates and Students group, she also organises and participates in many sporting fundraising events. She is a great role model for graduates and definitely one to watch. ”
Gillian joined Opus just over a year ago, and in this short space of time, she has become a highly valued member of the geotechnical team. Gillian is passionate about promoting ground engineering to young people, which she actively endorses through her roles as a Construction Skills and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) Ambassador and as the Vice Chairperson for the ICE Graduate and Student Group in South Wales. She is also the Cardiff office ambassador for the company’s Women in Leadership initiative. Gillian has also spent time in Opus’ Wellington office in New Zealand, as part of her “year in industry”. She witnessed the destruction caused by the Christchurch earthquake and aftershocks, which not only highlighted the importance of the interaction of structures with the ground, but confirmed her passion for the ground engineering sector.
Outside of work, she is a member of the Cardiff Triathlon Club and earlier this year took part in the Carten 100 challenge raising money for charity.
Photo from L to R: Claire Smith (Ground Engineering), Gillian Steele, Graham Holland (Canal and Rivers Trust Head of Asset Management)