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Fond farewell to Lloyd

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It is with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to Lloyd a couple of weeks ago. Adventurer Lloyd will be going off to Denmark in September to do his masters and we wish him the best of luck. In true Lloyd fashion, his leaving do involved beer and we had a great night at the Greene King brewery tour - followed by alot of tasting and some food in the local DnP. 

Marie Joins the Morrish Office

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We'd like to introduce and welcome Marie as our latest member of staff at Morrish. Marie will be the first port of call when either popping in or phoning the office and is responsible for helping with the day to day running of the business whilst also looking after the accounts and supplying everyone with copious amounts of coffee!

Superhero 'Super Structures' aka Lloyd mentioned in NCE

Lloyd, as his alter ego 'Super Structures', has recently been helping out on the ICE stand at the latest Big Bang event. 'Big Bang is the largest educational event of its kind in the UK' and helps to highlight not only Civil and Structural careers to young people, but also an array of pathways that the STEM section offers.

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Morrish Consulting Engineers regularly help with local STEM events having attended events at both West Suffolk College and Thurston College as part of apprenticeship week.

 

 

Could you be our next Office Administrator?

Morrish Consulting Engineers are currently looking for a new Office Administrator. 

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You will help support the company with the day to day running of the office aswell as supporting the team with administrative tasks. You will be responsible for accounting tasks including invoicing, reconciliation of bank accounts and financial reporting to the team and managing director. 

 

If you think this could be you, please get in touch. Details can be found within the job description which can be found HERE.

Appointment of Nathan Parker to Associate Director in local press

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Nathan Parker promoted to Associate Director

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We're pleased to announce the promotion of Nathan Parker to role of Associate Director. Nathan has been with Morrish Consulting Engineers for over 12 years now and we look forward to what the future holds for the company going forward.

Congratulations Nathan!

 

Morrish are looking for a new Trainee Structural Technician

Morrish Consulting Engineers - Trainee Structural Technician Role

If you're a young person soon to be leaving further education and interested in a career in structural engineering, our trainee structural technician role maybe for you! 

Morrish Consulting Engineers are currently looking for a Trainee Structural Technician/Engineer to join our ever growing office. We will support you in achieving your potential, providing a learning environment and supporting you in attending a part time engineering degree.

Click hear to view the full brief/job description and if you feel you'd be suitable please do get in touch.

ICE Exhibition - 'Invisible Superheroes' - Lloyd is 'Super Structures'

Today is the opening of the ICE Exhibition ‘Invisible Superheroes’ at One Great George Street, London. This marks the start of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ 200th year celebrations, which I’ve been lucky enough to be part of.

Information about the exhibition can be found here; https://www.ice.org.uk/events/exhibitions/ice-invisible-superheroes-exhibition

The idea of the comic superhero theme is to enthuse the younger generation visiting this exhibition and show them the importance of Civil and Structural Engineering around the world, channelling the STEM Ambassador work we do here. I have been depicted as ‘Super Structures’ in a group of 10 Engineers, all of which have very inspiring backgrounds that I urge you to have a read about when you have a minute.

If you’re in London the next coming months, it may also be worth a visit - from photos I’ve been shown, it looks a very impressive display!

Happy Christmas from everyone at Morrish Consulting Engineers

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With the Christmas holidays nearly upon us, we just wanted to wish all our clients a very Happy Christmas and to let you all know of our office hours over the festive period.

Last office day – Thursday 21st December 4.15pm at which point we’ll be donning our frocks for our Christmas party.

We’re then back in the office (much heavier) on Tuesday 2nd January 8.45am.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year!

More Morrish colleagues become STEM ambassadors

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Ben and Harry become the latest members of Morrish Consulting Engineers to become registered STEM ambassadors. This means they're CRB checked and registered with the STEM ambassadors network. They'll be helping with our on-going involvement with STEM activites visiting schools and careers events. 

Morrish Consulting Engineers featured on Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre Website

We're proud to be associated with that what has become a very important event to both the people and businesses of Bury St Edmunds.  

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The Christmas Fayre takes place between the 23rd November - 26th November showcasing a range of stalls and entertainment from both near and afar. The organisers this year have incorporated a section on Visiting Bury St Edmunds advertisting what local companies have to offer. 

If you're planning on a visit, we highly recommend you come and see what the local businesses have to offer.

The Leaning Tower of Nevyansk and ‘Old Sable’ (Russia Wrought) Iron

The following is an article written by Lloyd, having visited Russia this past Summer.

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At the start of August, I was lucky enough to be invited to visit Russia by a Structural Engineer who I have spoken with for the past 4years. Given the language barrier, visiting sites of interest came to be good ice breakers during the week!

One particular place has stuck with me and that is the town of Nevyansk in the Sverdlovsk Oblast, highlighted in the map above. During the back end of the 17th Century, Peter The Great pushed for Iron production in the Ural Mountains (known for being rich of precious ore and stones) which kicked started what has been called the “golden age for Russian Iron” – Nevyansk being the first, and then largest production town in this era.

In 1702, the town, with its surrounding plants and factories, were town handed over to the Demidov family. To which 28 years, a tower was commissioned close to the towns’ reservoir. The purpose of the tower was for administration and also development in iron production (in a secret laboratory!).

Seemed appropriate to me, a developing town getting a name for itself across Europe and Asia for its’ high quality and quantity of Iron production – it needed a central base. Although, mystery lies in the second phase of the tower construction. 

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To this day, it is still unclear why this second phase was constructed. As you can see from the photo above, the “Lean” in the “Leaning Tower of Nevyansk” comes from subsidence in the first phase. The second, renaissance-style phase is constructed slightly more vertically from the tower below.

There are many myths that come with how or why this subsidence came about. One is that the prison cellar to the tower was used to forge counterfeit coins, and on alert of a government inspection, the entire cellar was flooded, which over time drained washing parts of the sub-grade away creating the lean. Another is Nikita Demidov was such a fan of Italian Architecture (…I’ll give you one guess), he commissioned the tower to have a purpose lean, to which the second phase was then built vertical-at-best in effort to counteract any further settlements.

I’d discovered a number of Structural and Architectural wonders during my tour (that I could write pages about), so here is a brief list;

  • One side of the towers wall construction was over 1.0m thick (with an entrance to the secret laboratory (calm down, I’m getting to that) within.
  • Early use Iron rod ties through the entire width of the tower with visible spreader plates outside – can be seen around the first phase permiter.
  • The first recorded use of a composite beam/flitch plate can be found on the top floor - two standard wrought Iron joists with an ‘Old Sable’ Iron joist between.
  • Benjamin Franklin designed the first lightning rod in 1752 – the Towers’ lightning rod was built in 1732.
  • The first section of the second phase contains a ‘whispering hall’ – the exact same symmetrical dome as that in St. Pauls Cathedral, London.
  • Nikita Demidov eventually sold the tower and its surrounding mines (including 25 silver mines) to an American buyer, who accepted the price made, but demanded a full breakdown of where is money was going. The entire tower including all its assets (except one item) was priced at 4207rubels – the British made clock (designers unknown) that still runs today: 5000rubels.

It is a shame that the designers of the tower are also not known, though I am sure they were well respected for this remarkable tower – or drowned in the cellar.

The main point I have wanted to share with you, having read this far, is the global influence this town and its’ factories had on construction methods in the 18th century onwards. 

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Here is the only original iron door that leads to the secret laboratory between the first and ‘second’ floor. It was in this lab that the Wrought Iron ‘Old Sable’ was developed.

This advancement in Iron production from this small town had word spread of its quality across all of Europe and Asia - the ‘Old Sable’ (marked with a small Sable) has been used to construct: the roof of the White House, Washington;  the internal frame of the Statue of Liberty, New York; the roof tiles of the Palace of Westminster, London and the Eiffel Tower, Paris.

 

'Ponderosa' - Timber frame and steelwork give rise to new home in Pakenham

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Close to completion is one of the many projects we're working on with John Stebbing Architects. A new modern house located in the village of Pakenham - a mix of timber and steelwork framing has been used to form an open plan living space with unobstructed views.