SIMPSON HENLEY DOES CHRISTMAS JUMPERS
The Simpson Henley office joined in the festivites of Christmas jumper day again this year. Mike Beckly was voted the best/worst jumper........he's relatively easy to spot in the photo.
More to the point, we managed to raise £117.05 for Save The Children.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CHARTERSHIP
Congratulations to Ian Rollinson from our Gloucester Office for becoming a Chartered Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
Ian attended the formal presentation at IStructE HQ in London at the beginning of December and was presented with his certificate by Ian Firth, President of the IStructE.
Mike Beckly, from the Henley office, was one of the many this year, who decided to raise money for the Movember Foundation, (https://uk.movember.com/) which supports men's mental health and research into preventing prostate and testicular cancer.
Mike has managed to raise £275 which is a superb effort for not much hair........as the photo below proves!
Mike is obviously the one on the right............we're not sure who the other fellow is.
A SIMPSON WEDDING
Huge congratulations to Maja Gradic who got married to her partner Alex Sullivan last week. It was a really beautiful day and we would like to wish the bride and groom a long and happy marriage.
SIMPSONS ASSOCIATES FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 2017
On Thursday 2nd November there was the first Simpsons Football Tournament.
This was a closely fought battle between those two well known teams Simpsons Western (Gloucester and Exeter offices in yellow) and Simpsons Eastern (Henley and London offices in light blue). The referee was David Partridge from the Gloucester office, who promised an unbiased match.
After a hotly contested game................
The Easterns were victorious over the Westerns 2-0
(goals scored by Aaron Blanchard and Mike Hill)
The Westerns were managed by Ian Rollinson and were gracious in defeat. We understand that the manager Ian Rollinson has had a vote of confidence from the board so that’s OK. Speaking after the game Ian said "The boys played their hearts out tonight, they gave 110%, I couldn’t have asked any more. We lost to a very good, well organised team, we just need to pick ourselves up and focus on the next game.’
The victorious Eastern manager Marc Cradduck interviewed on 5 nearly alive said "Respect to the Westerners they gave us a good run for our money, I think we deserved the win overall though. Regarding the Adam Whiting incident, I didn’t see it and anyway he is not that kind of player, but I'm pleased to see the ref kept his cards in his pocket. As for Aaron’s opening goal, if a Brazilian had done that everyone would be raving about it."
We will of course keep you updated on forthcoming rematches!
SIMPSONS DOES FOOTBALL
Introducing Simpsons Non-Athletic!
Simpsons now has it's own football team, which competes in the Henley 6-a-side league.
The team consists of:
Goalkeeper - Gary Hunt
Defenders - Rahim Khan, Adam Whiting, Will Aldington, Jordan Hutchins, Ewan Wise
Midfielders - Mark Cradduck, Mike Beckly, Mike Hill, Jonathan Shuttleworth
Forwards - Aaron Blanchard
They have played a total of 4 games so far and are hoping for some improvement as the season goes on.
Below from left to right we have:
Back row - Will, Jordan, Ewan, Mike B Front row - Mark, Gary
DIANA SALES HAS RETIRED
After 26 years of working for Simpson Associates, Diana Sales has decided that the time has come for her to take a well earned rest and retire from the company.
We held a party in celebration of her many years with us and faces old and new were there to wish her well
There was a beautiful cake,nibbles galore and of course presents!
We are all sad to see her go and wish her many happy years of retirement.
Simpsons enjoyed a great night at the Festival on Saturday night.
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA
The weather was very kind to everyone who came to Henley on Saturday 1st July to enjoy the famous Regatta.
The staff of Simpson Associates were invited by the Partners to enjoy the day at Phyllis Court - and some people even managed to watch the rowing! The sun was shining, the Pimms was flowing and a great day was had by all.
WEST LAKES VILLAGE - BUTLINS MINEHEAD
Please follow the link below to see video drone footage of the West Lakes Village project we worked on for Butlins Minehead. Thanks to McGoff & Byrne Construction for the footage.
SIMPSON ENTER TEAM IN CHARITY CRICKET EVENT
Simpson was proud to support Merlin’s Magic Wand charity by entering a contingent in the ‘Merlin’s Hotel Heroes’ cricket team for their annual cricket day held on 21st June 2017.
The event took place at Chessington Sports Ground adjacent to Chessington World of Adventures. Simpson have been a key member of the Consultant team on recent Merlin projects at Legoland Windsor, Alton Towers and Warwick Castle.
The Hotel Heroes team battled successfully through to the quarter finals where they narrowly missed victory by only 1 run.
Team from left to right
James Protherough, Gareth Crowther, Gary Hunt, Richard Laughton
Merlin’s Magic Wand is a worldwide charity for sick and disabled children that arranges magical days out at Merlin Entertainments attractions, such as LEGOLAND Resorts®, SEA LIFE Centres and Madame Tussauds.
HENLEY TRIATHLON - SIMPSONS TEAMS BATTLE IT OUT
After a very close battle on Sunday 4th June, Simpsons Structures take a 2-0 lead in the series!!
Jamie 'Phelps' Munro gave Structures a 76 second lead after the swim before Mark 'Wiggins' Regan clawed back 26 seconds on the bike for Civils. After the final transition Structures held a 55 second advantage and Chris 'Farah' Martin made sure of the win by stretching the lead by a further 8 seconds.
Overall the teams finished 3rd and 4th out of 20 male sprint teams. Good effort by all involved and thanks to all the support on the day.
The Civils team from left to right - Mark Regan, Mark Cradduck and Mike Hill
The Structures team from left to right - Christ Martin, Jamie Munro and Mike Beckly
Well done to both teams for a really great effort and we are all looking forward to the next competition
THE BUTTERCROSS WORKS WINS 'BEST HIGH VOLUME NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT' AT THE LABC AWARDS
The Buttercross, Witney, a development that Simpson engineered for Bower Mapson Homes Ltd, has won 'Best High Volume New Housing Development' at the LABC Central Building Excellence Awards, 2017.
The LABC (Local Authority Building Control) awards celebrate achievements in the construction industry. They reward excellent building, outstanding companies as well as partnerships and individuals that go that extra mile. The completed development comprises an extra care apartment block and 106 two, three and four bedroom houses and apartments. The development was built using a range of materials sensitive to the Cotswolds style.
Well done David and the team on this great achievement.
GIG NIGHT AT THE PRINCE OF WALES PUB, MARLOW
Despite the best advice of his friends and colleagues, our Senior Partner is strapping on his telecaster, along with some fellow conspirators and indulging in some musical exertions at a Marlow pub on the 27th May
NEW HOTEL AT LEGOLAND, WINDSOR
Simpson Associates are pleased to support Merlin Entertainments through provision of civil and structural design services for their new castle themed family focussed hotel at Legoland Windsor.
This hybrid structural frame utilises composite steelwork, to form a transfer deck at first floor, to support a light gauge metal framed superstructure above. Castle themed cladding is formed from fibre reinforced insulated pre-cast concrete ‘sandwich’ panels, supported from the structural frame at each floor level.
CENTRAL LONDON RESIDENTIAL REFURBISHMENT & EXTENSION
Simpson Associates are working on a high end residential refurbishment and extension scheme, in West London.
The scheme includes the formation of a new basement under the existing building and a new roof terrace. The temporary support piles have been installed and levels reduced down to the new basement level with the new lower ground floor slab having been constructed.
Works are underway to form the basement slab and bring permanent support back up to the underside of the building.
While these works are being carried out, the new roof terrace has been constructed and super structure alterations carried out.
SIMPSON ASSOCIATES ENTERING THE HENLEY TRIATHLON
Two teams from Simpson Associates will be competing against each other (and a whole load of other teams) at the Henley on Thames Triathlon on Sunday 4th June 2017.
The Civil Engineering team will be
Mark Cradduck (swim) Mark Regan (cycle) and Rahim Khan (run)
whilst the Structural Engineering team will be
Jamie Munro (swim) Mike Beckly (cycle)