Supporting schools to connect students with a world beyond education

12 September 2017


The inspiration to provide project-based learning and encourage the next generation of built environment professionals has seen us paired up with The King Ecgbert School in Sheffield as part of the accredited learning programme, Design Engineer Construct (DEC) and supported by The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. 

As part of the programme, Manufacturer Topcon has loaned surveying kits to schools containing the equipment and computer software which has allowed Year 12 students to experience the basics of land surveying from our Surveyor, Steven Pearson. Activities, such as surveying a classroom block, working with levelling equipment and producing sketch maps provided plenty of hands-on opportunity. 

Students weren’t the only ones to gain an introduction to surveying, with teachers also provided with basic knowledge to continue to confidently support students back in the classroom, such as importing data and developing more employability skills. 

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Opus shareholders strongly advised to wait before responding to WSP's offer

1 September 2017

Opus International Consultants has today received notification from WSP NZ Acquisition Limited (WSP) that it has despatched its takeover offer document to Opus shareholders.   

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Solid first half performance for Opus

17 August 2017 Rumer-Grace Archer

Half-Year results announced today show Opus International Consultants’ performance continues to improve.

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Receipt of takeover notice

14 August 2017

Opus international Consultants Limited (Opus) today received a takeover notice under the Takeovers Code from WSP NZ Acquisition Limited (WSP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of WSP Global Inc.

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STEM mentors help students achieve The British Science Associations’ Gold Crest Award

26 June 2017

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Opus International Consultants’ (Opus) involvement in STEM continues with pace, with an initiative with Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) helping a group of A-Level students achieve The British Science Associations’ Gold Crest Award. The work supports our overarching aim to engage young people with engineering and its wider opportunities.

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Better data, better decisions

25 June 2017 Dr Ray Hickey - Senior Principal, Data Collection and Systems

Ray HickeyWhen many engineers hear the term “data management”, they immediately envisage a collaboration site or a proprietary database or even BIM – at a basic level, data management is the approach which an organisation uses to coordinate and improve its knowledge.

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Appointment on Wessex Water Framework

15 May 2017

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Opus International Consultants (Opus) has been appointed on a framework with Wessex Water, a water and sewage treatment business serving the south west of England, supplying drinking water to 1.3 million customers and sewerage services to some 2.7 million customers.

The framework will see Opus delivering minor and reactive design services on Wessex Water’s distribution network which includes 110 water treatment plants, 340 service reservoirs and water towers, over 200 pumping stations and just over 11,500km of water main. Their much larger sewerage system comprises 405 treatment plants, 1,515 pumping stations and more than 30,000km of sewers.

Potential projects would include design relating to assets and infrastructure, emergency engineering assistance, structural condition surveys for repair and maintenance, and specialist structural and geotechnical design.

Huw Edwards (UK Managing Director) said: “We are delighted to be on this framework, where we can provide high-level expertise to ensure that Wessex Water can continue to deliver to their customers, and we can further develop our portfolio of work in the Water sector.”

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‘RustScan’ a catalyst for industry change in condition monitoring

11 May 2017

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Since the beginning of Opus’ research partnership with Nottingham Trent University and Innovate UK last September, ‘RustScan’ and ‘RustDetect’ – a system that will be able to detect structural corrosion from up to 100m away – has been gaining momentum.

As we reach the six month mark, big strides are being made in the development of three rust detection systems. The appointment of a full-time research associate, Dr Ali Sohaib, to focus on instrumentation and data capture has seen initial developments made in a long-range ground based system known as PRISMS (portable remote imaging system for multispectral scanning), which is able to detect and classify different types of rust.

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Shortlisting at the Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards

26 April 2017

We are thrilled to announce that this year, Opus is a finalist in several categories at the Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) Awards, with the awards ceremony set for July 14th at Celtic Manor in Newport. 

Opus’ supportive culture is clearly reflected in this year’s shortlisting, with our Learning and Development initiatives recognised in the People Development category. Matthew Le Masurier and Gillian Steele are both finalists in the Young Achiever category. We wish Matthew and Gillian the very best of luck!

Congratulations should also go to our client, Interserve Construction, whom we worked with on the Dyfatty High-Rise project to refurbish a 1960s block of flats in Swansea and which is shortlisted in the category for Integration and Collaborative Working.

We have heard that there were 134 entries this year, so it’s a great achievement to gain this initial recognition. 

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NCE Companies of the Year Shortlist Announced

22 March 2017


We’re delighted to be a finalist in the category ‘Best Place to Work’ at the 2017 NCE100 Companies of the Year Awards.  Feedback gathered through NCE’s staff survey was crucial in this shortlisting, providing evidence from our employees to support our submission.  

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