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QuadConsult’s newest recruit is Dimitrios Blougkouras, and we welcome him as Principal Engineer. He became a Chartered Member of the Institute of Civil Engineer in March 2021 and we’re all looking forward to him progressing his career with us.
Dimitrios joins QuadConsult with more than twenty years’ engineering experience in the UK and Greece, having been the Civil/Structural/Architectural designer on numerous building projects. He’s co-ordinated and led many projects, and is particularly experienced in site supervision, design, structural analysis and drainage.
Starting his engineering career in Greece, Dimitrios worked for many years as a self-employed engineer and as part of a multi-disciplinary consultancy. He moved to Britain in 2012 where he gained employment with consultancies in Bristol and Cardiff.
When he has spare time Dimitrios enjoys travelling, hiking, and dancing salsa and tango.
A warm welcome, Dimitrios!
QuadConsult continues sponsoring young cricketer Prem Sisodiya, watching his professional development including the signing of a three-year deal which will keep him at Glamorgan Cricket Club until at least the end of the 2023 season. As Prem says, “Being sponsored by QuadConsult means a great deal to me. Their support is very beneficial to me as a young professional and I look forward to the upcoming season with their backing”.
Highlights of his past year included attending a prestigious training camp at the Aysuh Cricket Academy in India during February 2022, working under renowned coach Umesh Patwal.
He enjoyed a breakout white-ball season in 2020 when he opened the bowling in the Vitality Blast, taking 10 wickets. Now back to full health after an injury his goal is to add to his two County Championship appearances using skills further developed in India.
QuadConsult is delighted with his continuing success, and wishes him all the very best for his future.
QuadConsult staff have remained unbeaten by the many challenges of the past two years, continuing to provide the excellent standard of service our clients expect.
With everyone now working back in the office again a huge thank-you was due, so an evening out was arranged. Fierce-looking colleagues gathered in force in Cardiff centre to hurl axes, and pursue the gentler pastimes of darts and pool. Then it was off to re-charge energy with the feel-good food and drink and cool vibes of a Caribbean restaurant.
Many thanks once again to all our amazing colleagues!
QuadConsult is delighted to report that Will Harrow has become a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Will joined the team as a Graduate Engineer in 2016, and from his early days with us has brought an infectious enthusiasm for the profession that he clearly loves. He's benefited from QuadConsult’s status as ICE Approved Company, and has earned the respect of all his colleagues.
Amongst the many skills he brings are:
- a keen interest in sustainability and environmental issues
- expertise in steel - he leads on most of our work for steel fabricators
- confined space surveys – he has completed and maintains specialist training for these commissions
- the design of wind turbine foundations
- temporary works design for which he has received specialist training.
We look forward to many more years working with Will as he continues to contribute at a senior level.
Congratulations from all your colleagues, Will!
QuadConsult warmly welcomes Tim Howard as the newest addition to the team.
Tim is a chartered Civil Engineer with nearly twenty-five years’ experience in the project management and design of highways, commercial and residential schemes. The majority of his experience is in the design of highways and drainage for development infrastructure projects from the feasibility stage through to detailed design, construction and maintenance. He has been responsible for the engineering design on many projects across the UK and has often taken them through the planning process into detailed design and the approval of statutory agreements, most notably under Section 38 and 278 of the Highways Act and S104 of the Water Industry Act.
Tim also has a wealth of other engineering experience. In the last few years, he's project managed a number of Active Travel Routes schemes across Wales and is pleased to see these schemes come to the fore. There have been many notable projects in his career, such as the enabling works for HS2 and aviation schemes including the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) and the Royal Terminal at Jeddah. Recently, Tim was seconded to the Development Control Team at Welsh Government and to the LLFA at Somerset County Council. At Welsh Government, he vetted planning applications for highways schemes involving the Trunk Road Network. Whilst at the LLFA he was responsible for vetting drainage proposals within applications. Both secondments provided a unique perspective of the processes used by approving authorities.
Outside of work, Tim can be found doing DIY on his home or spending time with his partner and their two daughters, and his son. When the mitre saw gets put away, he can usually be seen heading to the golf course. A very keen golfer who once upon a time dreamed of turning professional, these days he's happy enough to keep his single figure handicap and simply enjoy a round with friends. Apparently he is always available for corporate golf days!
Welcome to the team, Tim!
All of you who've been following the adventures of QuadConsult Director Andrew Villis and his father, Chris, as they embarked on a mammoth fundraising venture for MIND, the mental health charity, during this year will be as delighted as we - and they - are with the final outcome of over £4500 now paid to the charity.
Chris and Andrew finished the Two Ball Banger Rally in a more than respectable second place out forty teams, supported by generous donations and messages of encouragement from companies and individuals. The recent sale of their donated car has boosted funds too.
Following extensive preparations, they shared the driving for an exhausting two days in September on a rally course meandering through the picturesque villages, forests, lakes and the open moors of the Lake District. They now send a huge thank you to all the sponsors and donors who helped them raise this significant sum to help MIND continue to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. All their friends and colleagues are proud of them - well done Chris and Andrew!
An informative news piece on a QuadConsult project in Pontyclun, South Wales, featured on BBC TV’s ‘Wales Live’ recently. Graig Fartha is Ripple Energy’s ground-breaking idea to help with renewable energy supplies, and is the very first wind turbine in the UK to be owned by customers. The £2m funding needed was raised by contributions from over 900 people across the UK, with the reward of cheaper electricity bills for all who joined the scheme.
QuadConsult is delighted to have been involved in the design work of the foundations, access tracks, hardstands, substation structures, and highway adoptions. We wish the scheme all the very best for the erection of the turbine later in November, and for its green future. The news report can be seen at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0011hty/bbc-wales-live-10112021 beginning at 12.35.
QuadConsult Director Andrew Villis was invited by St.Modwen Homes to provide a seminar on the latest SAB guidance, implemented from 7 January 2019 by the Welsh Government. The house builders wanted to obtain a better understanding of the process, and also the impact that SuDs features may have on proposed site layouts going forward in Wales.
Andrew began by introducing the QCL Civils team, then explaining in detail what SAB is and the stages of the application process, before outlining Welsh Government Statutory Standards. Received with praise for clarity and thoroughness by his audience, all the information was found to be very useful.