New Branding … Thames Tideway … ISO 14001 … DfT Rail Executive … Building Top 150 Consultants … Garden Bridge … Thameslink Award … Women in Engineering … RICS Conference … Ecology Services … TfL Property Services Framework
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Clients, Partners and Suppliers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Our sincere thanks for giving us the opportunity to work with you in 2015. For your information, our head office will be closed from Friday 25th Dec to Friday 1st January inclusive. Happy holidays.
December ’15 CIHT Annual Luncheon
We are delighted to be taking part in the CIHT Annual Luncheon with a selection of our clients at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation is the leading professional body for the transport and infrastructure sector. This year the speakers are: Bridget Rosewell and Nick Hewer. For more information see www.ciht.org.uk
November ’15 Delivering Consents Services on Thames Tideway
Schofield Lothian’s Consents and Environmental team are working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. The project involves upgrading London’s sewerage system to cope with the demands of the city well into the next century and to eliminate overflows of sewage into the tidal river Thames which add up to tens of millions of tonnes each year.
The storage and transfer tunnel is 7.2 metres in diameter, 25 kilometre long, running up to 65 metres below the Thames.
Schofield Lothian have been appointed by VolkerStevin to discharge the planning, environmental, highway and third party consents including those related to listed buildings, heritage assets and river regulators.
As well as aiding in the engagement and processing of consents with the river regulators and asset owners (in particular the City of London), Schofield Lothian have also produced site specific Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMP) and Scour and Accretion Monitoring and Mitigation Plans (SAMMP) which enable a number of DCO Requirements to be discharged.
Please contact Paul Humphrey, Director, Consents & Engagement, for more information: email@example.com
October ’15 Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001 Updated
A major update of the international environmental management standard, ISO 14001:2015, has been released. It puts considerably more emphasis on: senior leadership, understanding an organisation’s context and supply chain, managing business risks and product life cycles.
Over 17,000 companies in the UK are certified to the standard, including Schofield Lothian and the majority of our clients. Companies have three years to comply with the updated standard, but now is the time to start planning, budgeting for and reaping the benefits of more fully integrating environmental management with your core business strategy.
ISO 14001:2015 and its supporting standards, such as ISO 14006:2011, focus on environmental systems to achieve this. The other standards in the family focus on specific approaches such as audits, communications, labeling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.
More detailed information can be found on the ISO website: http://bit.ly/IOiA9x
Please get in touch with Richard Ambrose, Director, Environment & Sustainability, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
September ’15 DfT’s Rail Executive appoints Schofield Lothian
Schofield Lothian has recently been appointed by the Department for Transport’s Rail Executive to its STAR Framework.
The STAR Framework is designed to provide the Rail Executive with special technical advice for rail and to widen its pool of available rail specialists. We are pleased to be supporting the DfT in the fields of Rail Operations & Performance Advice and Project & Programme Management.
The DfT Rail Executive is committed to not only meeting the Cabinet Office’s SME agenda target of 25% of Government’s spend going to SMEs by 2015, but significantly improving upon this by setting their objective target at 40%.
Paul Humphrey, Director of Consents & Engagement services and Steve Foxley, Director of Project Management services, including the Rail sector, will lead and be actively involvement in the delivery of STAR assignments within Schofield Lothian.
Please contact Steve Foxley for further information: email@example.com.
September ’15 Building Magazine Top 150 Consultants
Schofield Lothian is delighted to have progressed to 67th in the overall Top 150 Consultants survey, recently published in Building magazine. We were 81st in the 2014 survey. In addition, we are also ranked 19th in the Top 50 Quantity Surveyors list and 24th in the Top 50 Project Managers list.
A big thank you to all our staff across our five practices (Consents, Environment, Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Contract Services) and support services for helping the company deliver added-value services to our Clients in the transport & infrastructure, property and energy market sectors.
August ’15 Consultation & Community Liaison for new Garden Bridge
Schofield Lothian’s Consents & Engagement team is working on the new Garden Bridge project in London, one of the UK’s most innovative infrastructure projects. The Garden Bridge is a new steel and concrete pedestrian bridge across the Thames from the South Bank to Temple being built by a JV between Bouygues Travaux Publics UK and Cimolai. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, renowned for the Olympic Flame and London’s new Routemaster buses, the bridge will hold a 2,500 sqm garden designed by landscape architect Dan Pearson. Footpaths will weave through the garden, creating a new pedestrian route which will be free and open to all between the hours of 6am–midnight.
Schofield Lothian are part of the construction team focusing on consultation and community liaison for the JV. We are leading the consultation on construction related planning conditions and will be setting up and then managing the community liaison process to ensure the local community are kept informed and engaged throughout the 32 month construction programme, which is due to start in Autumn 2015 and complete by Summer 2018. For further information please contact Paul Humphrey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
July ’15 Summer BBQ on the Thames
We had a very enjoyable evening at our annual Summer BBQ on HMS President on the river Thames. Located in the heart of the capital, the ship allowed us spectacular panoramic city views in the company of a great team. Colleagues from across all our five practices (Consents & Engagement, Environment & Sustainability, Project Management, Commercial Management and Contract Services), our three Sectors and our Support Services travelled for the evening to share a relaxing moment and celebrate our continuing success.
June ’15 Our Consultants help Carillion win Network Rail Award
The winners of the 2015 Partnership Awards were recently announced by Network Rail. The Network Rail Partnership Awards are their way of thanking all suppliers, and all customers, for their help and support in delivering a better railway for a better Britain. Since 2009 they have worked with over 8,000 suppliers.
The 2015 award for Sustainable Excellence was won by Carillion’s Thameslink Outer Areas Team (photo above). The award was given for the wide range of initiatives that were implemented across all areas of sustainability which have resulted in protecting the environment, saving money, looking after people and supporting local communities. These included: reuse of construction materials, installation of LED lighting, a Health & Wellbeing Campaign including focus on ballast dust, Hard Arm Vibration Syndrome, charity activity fund raising events and fatigue management. In addition there were improvements to a community green space adjacent to the railway and a community wood recycling programme which in turn created volunteering positions for socially disadvantaged members of the community.
Network Rail stated that by embedding a culture for delivering sustainable outcomes, the Thameslink Outer Areas team has helped raise the bar on sustainability and enhanced the reputation of the railway. Kirsten Velthuis, our Consultant working as an Environmental Specialist for Network Rail Thameslink commented: “the Carillion Thameslink Team has continually demonstrated a great commitment and team approach to identifying and implementing economic, social and environmental improvements throughout their portfolio.”
Debbie Bewley, one of our Senior Consultants working as the Sustainability Manager for Carillion, said: “Sustainability is a major priority for us and we work hard to integrate sustainable design and construction into everything we do and make a difference in the communities we work in. This fantastic achievement is the result of the commitment that everyone in the team has shown to delivering our sustainability objectives, including strong leadership at Senior Management level and the hard work of everyone out on our sites.”
Schofield Lothian works with many Clients, including Network Rail and Carillion, delivering sustainability and environmental services on large rail and infrastructure projects.
For more information on the Thameslink project and how we can help with our sustainability services, contact Debbie Bewley via email@example.com.
June ’15 Simon Kirby on the potential of HS2
We attended a briefing by Simon Kirby, the new CEO of HS2, at Bircham Dyson Bell law firm on the planning and progress of the HS2 rail and infrastructure project. Mr Kirby spoke about the 20 year program and the different phases. Phase 1 from London to Birmingham (reducing train times from 81 to 49 minutes) is in the planning & design phase and construction will start in 2017. Phase 2 which will “unlock the north” will reduced travel times to Manchester to 68 mins and Leeds to 106 mins. He also spoke about innovation, and in particular “early engagement” (ECI), utilising “modern design philosophy” and “utilising BIM level 2 … to have a virtual railway”. The briefing also included discussion on TfN Transport for the North, East – West Connections and the need for a National Transport Strategy.
For more information on HS2 click here. If you require additional information on how we can help with your rail, transport or infrastructure project, please contact Mike Upton firstname.lastname@example.org.
23/06/15 Women in Engineering Day
Today is ‘Women in Engineering Day’ which was established by the Women’s Engineering Society and is designed to raise the profile of engineering and to encourage more women to join the industry.
Women from Network Rail’s south east region, along with the Thameslink Programme and its contractors, gathered at the site of a massive railway construction project to celebrate Women in Engineering Day (Tuesday, June 23). The Bermondsey Dive Under, part of the £6.5bn government-sponsored Thameslink Programme, was the site for the photo shoot with 32 railway staff.
Debbie Bewley, one of our Senior Consultants working as a Sustainability Manager on the Thameslink Programme with Carillion said: “I was inspired to join the industry by sustainability – I studied it at university and I’ve worked in the business for 20 years and I’ve seen more women joining since I started, but there is still more that needs to be done to encourage women into the industry and inspire young women. I think engineering is an area that women see as being male dominated – which it is – but it’s actually very woman-friendly when you’re here. I feel I’ve been treated as an equal and I’ve progressed to a senior level quite quickly. There are great opportunities in rail.”
Network Rail, which is delivering the programme, has set itself a target of increasing the proportion of women in the firm from a current base of 14 per cent.
Schofield Lothian is proud to have 39% female staff.
See the full Network Rail story here.
June ’15 Seeking Consent Managers for Infrastructure Projects
Due to an expanding portfolio of work we are seeking candidates to fill positions as Consents Managers. Ideally with a town planning qualification we want diligent and enthusiastic people who will help grow and shape our consultancy to become the best at delivering infrastructure projects through their whole life cycle. We are seeking candidates for Assistant and Principal roles.
Please contact Paul Humphrey, Director of our Consents & Engagement services, for more information or to arrange an interview on 07971 692629 or via email email@example.com
June ’15 Schofield Lothian Rebrands
We have refreshed our brand identity to reflect our growing presence in the construction and infrastructure market and what we see as a bright and dynamic future for the company. We are maintaining the company name but changing the font slightly, and have selected a new ‘Schofield Lothian Blue’. As part of the re-brand we have also built a new website reflecting the changes we have made within the company. On the new website you will find details on our market Sector experience (Transport & Infrastructure, Property and Energy) and our Practice service expertise (Consents & Engagement, Environment & Sustainability, Project Management, Commercial Management and Contract Services). You will also find the latest company News as well as historical information. We have included recent project profiles (case studies) we have successfully completed and we also profile a number of our Consultants. The rebrand will be rolled-out over the coming months.
Commenting on the rebrand, Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director says, “Over the past three years we have been successful in repositioning the company as a dynamic market focussed professional consultancy operating in the construction and infrastructure markets. This rebranding, designed in-house, reflects these strategic changes and positions us for continued growth. We will continue to build on our long (since 1979) tradition of serving our Clients with added value services while adhering to our core values.”
For more information, please contact Leo McAuliffe via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020-7842 0920.
June ’15 Seeking Senior Ecologist
As a result of recent project wins, we are seeking a Senior Ecologist to support our Principal Ecologist on infrastructure projects in the SW of England. Ideally CIEEM member with an MSc in Ecology or related subject – minimum 6 years experience.
Please contact email@example.com or alternatively call 020-7842 0920.
May ’15 RICS QS & Construction Conference
Our Executive Director, Mike Upton, participated in a panel discussion at the RICS QS & Construction conference in London. Mike spoke about ‘Early Supply Chain Engagement’ and the impact for the Quantity Surveyor. Early Contract Involvement (ECI) has huge impact for the construction industry and the acceleration of innovation and process improvements in particular, if embraced correctly.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020-7842 0920.
April ’15 New Ecology Services
We are delighted to launch our in-house Ecology Services. Schofield Lothian has been providing a wide ramge of environment and sustainability management services for nearly 15 years on programmes such as Thameslink, Great Western Mainline Electrification and East London Line. Our in-house Ecology Services include comprehensive project management of all your protected habitat and species needs.
Please contact Richard Ambrose, Director of our Environment & Sustainability services: email@example.com.
March ’15 FORGE 2015
The FORGE 2015 event took place on 26th March at the Willis Building in London and was chaired by Colin Stanbridge, CEO, London Chanber of Commerce and Industry. The theme this year was: ‘Digitising the Construction Supply Chain – how BIM is innovating the Culture, Processes and Outputs in the Construction Industry’. We presented: ‘4D BIM – adding programme to 3D models for collaborative project delivery’. More info at: www.forgelondon.org
Jan ’15 TfL Framework
We are delighted to have been selected by Transport for London (TfL) as part of their Property Services Framework. This is the third TfL framework we have been successful on recently and we look forward to providing our property expertise and experience on an ongoing basis to help them achieve their property vision for London.
Please contact Kevin Corcoran for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.