Classical CD Release - Märchenbilder
Simpson Associates are enormously proud to have sponsored Tom Ellis and Elliott Perks’ first duo CD - Märchenbilder. The guitar and viola disk features a selection of works by great song composers including Schumann, Schubert and Wolf in new transcriptions, some of which have never been attempted before with guitar. The music was recorded at the Menuhin Hall earlier this year.
The duo took the repertoire on tour across the UK in June with Images Ballet Company, who choreographed the Schumann, and are now set to perform at numerous classical music festivals across Europe in 2019 including performances in Hambleden, London, Norway and Germany.
The music is available to stream on Spotify and Tidal or physical copies from following sites.
THE BIGGEST FOOTBALL MATCH OF 2018?
The eagerly awaited, biggest football match of this year has finally happened.
Simpson East (Henley & London offices) vs Henley West (Gloucester & Exeter offices). The match kicked off at 7pm in the Swindome, and the stands were packed with the travelling supporters. After around 15 minutes, Jack Hadley put the ball in the back of the net to put Simpson East in the lead. However a spinning ball managed to find it`s way into the Simpson East goal around 5 minutes later meaning the first half ended 1-1.
As the very close contest between the teams continued, Simpson East managed to go ahead again after another goal by Jack Hadley.
The score ended 2-1 to Simpson East, but it was a close match and could have gone either way. Simpson West now need to find a solution to end their losing streak in this important clash.
The trophy came home, back to the Henley office!
Jack Hadley lining up for a goal
The combined Simpsons teams
The Simpson West Team
And the victorious Simpson East Team
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA 2018
Staff from all offices came together once again to enjoy a wonderfully traditional English day out at the Henley Royal Regatta finals day on Sunday.
JLL PROPERTY TRIATHLON - DORNEY LAKE
Two teams from Simpsons took part in the annual JLL Property Triathlon on Friday 29th June at Dorney Lake. After a hard-fought competition in 30-degree heat, Simpsons A took the win over Simpsons 1 by just over 4 minutes.
Mark Cradduck pulled out an early 3-minute lead over Ewan Wise in the lake, before tagging in Mike Beckly who extended the lead by another 3 minutes to Mark Regan on two wheels. In the final running leg, Sam Margrave-Jones pulled back a couple minutes on Chris Martin to finish with two respectable times (95th and 158th of 473 teams).
Training is already underway to improve upon this result next year!
From left to right are: Chris Martin, Mark Regan, Sam Margrave-Jones, Mark Cradduck, Ewan Wise and Mike Beckly
SIMPSONS AND NKWAZI SCHOOL, MALAWI
One of our Henley members of staff, Alexia, who works for the admin team, recently went on extended leave, back to Malawi in Africa, where she used to live. Simpson's agreed to help support the local school in the village where she was staying, by supplying some much needed stationery. In conjunction with our office supply company, Abbotts Stationers, Alexia was able to take out 30kg of books and pens to donate to Nkwazi Primary School.
A SIMPSON ENGAGEMENT
Charlotte, the office manager at our Gloucester office, got engaged to her boyfriend Rhys, whilst on holiday in Venice.
We would like to wish them both many congratulations from everyone on the team.
SIMPSON AT CHELTENHAM RACES
The Simpson Gloucester office has designed the Winner's Podium at Cheltenham Racecourse - a structural steelwork structure with balanced cantilever roof off two slender columns.
It was, therefore, great to see Lizzie Kelly (girlfriend of David Partridge's son) win The Cleeve Hurdle last Saturday, on Agrapart.
The race was also sponsored by Galliard Homes, one of Simpon's clients. Well done Lizzie on a great race.
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
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.
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.
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.