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ByDeep South Media

Celebration of the Life of Noor

Family, friends and work colleagues gathered to celebrate the life of a much respected director of a multi-disciplinary firm based in Portsmouth.

Noor Elahi Awan from Gosport was Director of Structural Engineering at McAndrew Martin prior to his passing away from an unexpected illness.

Managing Director, Bill McAndrew, told the gathering at Portsmouth Guildhall, that the one word that summed up his friend and colleague was respect.

“We chose to hold this celebration of Noor’s life in the Guildhall because it is a fitting place to reflect his standing in life as a colleague, friend, father and husband,” said Bill, who knew Noor for 35 years.

“My memories of Noor are all about respect.

“I respected Noor for his professional advice and his positive attitude to the business.

“I respected his values, his openness, the feeling of inclusivity he brought to the business and the way he treated younger members of staff.

“I also respected the advice and guidance he offered and the way he was able to listen.”

Abdurahman Sayed, CEO of Al-Manaar The MCHC Trust, travelled from London to lead a prayer in memory of Mr Awan. He told friends, family and colleagues about the two occasions when he had met Mr Awan.

There had been an instant connection when they met, for the first time, at a family wedding and later when Imam Sayed heard Mr Awan was being looked after in a hospice, he felt compelled to visit him.

“You could say that I realised it might be the last time I might meet him but I strongly believe we will meet again in the here after,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of his family, Mr Awan’s niece Tabassum Awan, described him as a ‘beautiful, pure spirit’ and explained his name Noor meant divine light – the one who guides.

“You did not sit on the sidelines, you stood up,” she recalled.

Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor David Fuller, highlighted Mr Awan’s long association with the Portsmouth and Gosport mosques.

“He was such a great man in the community and on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, I would like to send my love and best wishes to Mr Awan’s family and friends,” he said.

ENDS

ByDeep South Media

Warm welcome at McAndrew Martin

A growing south coast firm has seen its surveying team go from strength to strength in recent weeks.

Director Ian Lee from leading multi-disciplinary practice McAndrew Martin explained he was doubly delighted over recent changes.

Firstly the business, which is based at the Acorn Business Centre in Portsmouth with offices in London, has celebrated Richard Hookway attaining AssocRICS status.

And the team has just been joined by experienced surveyor Matthew Bennett.

Director Ian Lee said: “We are delighted Richard has qualified as AssocRICS – he is a real asset to the team.

“And Matthew brings with him many years of experience and expertise in the field of surveying and valuation.”

Richard explained working at McAndrew Martin while training for his qualification had been a fulfilling experience.

“I have been involved in a wide field of work during a particularly busy time for the team,” he said.

AssocRICS is  a qualification that recognises work-based surveying experience and vocational qualifications. It shows that you are qualified, regulated and trusted, whilst providing a stepping stone to full chartered status (MRICS).

Matthew worked for the last 30 years as a surveyor with Cranes,  the last ten of which were in Chichester.

Experienced in all aspects of surveying and valuation, Matthew said he enjoyed working in Chichester but he was looking forward to working again in Portsmouth, where he first qualified in 1982.

“Over the years I have surveyed and valued properties of all descriptions from very modest homes to multi-million pound properties.

“It is great to be joining such a busy practice and at such an exciting time for the business,” said Matthew, who along with Ian Lee is a member of the well respected Portsmouth Property Association.

McAndrew Martin’s six disciplines are architecture, building surveying, general practice, mechanical and electrical engineering, project management and contract administration, and structural engineering.

The company was recently rated 87 – up ten places – in Building magazine’s influential Top 150 Consultants ratings of firms nationwide.

ByDeep South Media

Sky’s the limit – business meeting at the top

We went to the top when we held our annual business development meeting at the iconic Gherkin skyscraper in London.

Our Directors and senior staff from our headquarters in Portsmouth and offices on London’s South Bank and Cambridge attended the session in the City.

We reviewed progress and discussed our ongoing strategic goals as each of our six disciplines continues to grow.

Our six disciplines are Architecture, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Building Surveying, General Practice, and Project Management and Contract Administration.

The meeting was a great success and we have ambitious plans for the future as we mark our 30th anniversary in 2019.

It came after we launched our new business structure at the Gherkin in 2016 and after we relocated to new head offices in Portsmouth in 2018.

We are rated number 87 in the Building Top 150 Consultancies listings and aim to rise up the table when it is published later this year.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can assist you in any of our disciplines. Call 02392 697 193 or email [email protected].

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ByDeep South Media

McAndrew Martin fuels installation project

McAndrew Martin has successfully completed a major bulk fuel installation project in the South.

We designed a bespoke system to completely replace ageing diesel storage tanks and pipework at the Ministry of Defence site.

Our in-house Mechanical and Electrical Engineering division provided specialist expertise for the six new tanks and systems through Amey.

Its installation will generate greater efficiencies and enhanced capacity for the refuelling of military vehicles directly on site, and packaging of supplies for bases nationwide and for use in the field.

Based in Portsmouth with offices in London and Cambridge, we have six disciplines: Architecture, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Building Surveying, General Practice, and Project Management and Contract Administration.

Horace McAndrew, Director of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, said: “This was a complex project requiring the installation of bulk storage, pipework and management systems for significant volumes of fuel.

“One of the challenges was to lift the tanks into place in one piece, so we surveyed for ground stability and soil composition to ensure the cranes involved were safely positioned.

“The successful installation has enhanced the site’s capacity and performance, generated efficiencies and helped reduce its environmental impact.”

Horace added: “Our strong track record in MoD work and excellent professional relationship with Amey were key to the success of this project.

“We have considerable experience and expertise built up over many years in mechanical and electrical engineering, including the installation of fuel storage and related systems.

“Demand continues to grow nationwide as operators embrace new technology and take steps to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Horace and fellow director Barry Lee led the project for 40-strong McAndrew Martin.

Celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, we are ranked 87th in Building magazine’s annual Top 150 Consultants list in 2018.

Our head office is at the Acorn Business Centre in Northarbour Road, Portsmouth.

The MoD centre is in the South of England, although its exact location is not being identified.

Please contact us for more details or to find out how we can help you. Call 02392 697193 or email [email protected].

ByMcAndrewMartin

Engineering the future – inspiring the next generation

Inspiring the next generation – 2018 is the Year of Engineering.
The initiative has been launched by the Government to encourage more young people into the profession and help narrow the sector’s skills gap.
McAndrew Martin’s well-established Mechanical and Electrical Engineering department – led by Director Horace McAndrew – provides expert support for a wide variety of clients nationwide.
We also delivers a company-wide training scheme which successfully develops our young employees and apprentices into the skilled professionals of tomorrow – in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and our complementary directorates.
They are Architecture, Building Surveying, General Practice, Project Management and Contract Administration, and Structural Engineering.
Read more about the Year of Engineering: www.yearofengineering.gov.uk/about

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ByMcAndrewMartin

Cutting-edge addition to London skyline

The Gherkin, the Shard, the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater…and now the Scalpel.
At Number 52 Lime Street, it is the latest iconic skyscraper being built in the City of London as the capital’s skyline becomes ever more impressive, writes McAndrew Martin’s Director of Structural Engineering Noor Awan.
When it comes to landmark buildings such as the Gherkin or the Scalpel, structural engineering is particularly important.
The Scalpel has been designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox – as a European headquarters for global insurance giant WR Berkley – with Byrne Bros responsible for construction.
An Arup designed reinforced concrete core has been vertically post-tensioned, thought to be a first for construction techniques of this kind in London.
Furthermore, an innovative structural design using the Travelling Fire Methodology has also been incorporated to combat the potential spread of flames across open plan floor space should a blaze break out.
When completed later this year, the Scalpel will rise to 190m tall and include 400,000 sq ft of office floor space over 35 floors as well as three basement levels, shops and restaurants.
The magnitude of projects such as the Scalpel demonstrates the true value of multi-disciplinary firms.
At McAndrew Martin our six directorates are Structural Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Project Management and Contract Administration – all of which are fundamental to major construction projects – as well as Building Surveying and General Practice.
At McAndrew Martin, we know the Gherkin well as it was the venue for the launch of the restructuring of the company in September 2016.
Our London office, just along the Thames near the South Bank, is not too far away either.
We’re looking forward to seeing the Scalpel take shape and open for business.
Congratulations to all involved. They include WR Berkley Corporation’s UK-based development arm WRBC Development UK Limited and consultant Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Byrne Bros.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for our expert Structural Engineering support, or for any other of our other professional services.

About the author:
Noor Awan (Director of Structural Engineering) EUR ING. BSc. ACGI. CEng. MICE. RMaPS.
Noor is a highly-qualified structural engineer and brings a wealth of experience to the McAndrew Martin team. He is a chartered civil engineer with an outstanding track record of engineering and management success in the construction industry. Noor has broad experience in structural design, as an ISO 9001 quality manager and a CDM co-ordinator. His expertise includes design of blast resistant structures and glazing. Noor set up and successfully ran his own multi-disciplinary design consultancy for 20 years before joining McAndrew Martin.
Contact Noor on 02392 697193 or email [email protected]

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ByMcAndrewMartin

McAndrew Martin wins national recognition

McAndrew Martin has been rated as one of the leading property consultancies in the UK.
We’ve risen up the rankings in the industry’s Top 150 Consultants for 2017, published by Building magazine.
We’ve broken into the top 100 places for the first time at 97 – up from 108 in 2015, 136 in 2014 and 166 in 2013.
It follows major growth with expansion in headcount, offices and annual fees after the company restructured into six directorates in 2016.
Managing Director Bill McAndrew said: “This success is a testament to the hard work of all of our staff.
“We have recorded exponential growth over the past two years after our successful restructuring into six distinct directorates.
“As a multi-disciplinary business with nationwide reach we pride ourselves on our ability to meet individual client requirements and provide an overarching service with full end to end design solutions, so we are delighted to receive this recognition.
“We are committed to providing even greater levels of customer service and professional support as we continue to grow and aim to move further up the rankings in coming years.”
We have national reach from our head office in Portsmouth and London office at Waterloo, We have experienced about 20% year on year growth in its position in the table and chartered staff numbers. We’ve also recorded a 10% year on year increase in turnover.
We unveiled our new corporate structure and ‘Professional Solutions by Design’ strapline at the iconic Gherkin skyscraper in September 2016.
Our six disciplines are Building Surveying, Project Management and Contract Administration, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Architecture and General Practice.
Contact director of operations Sam Rix on 02392 697193 and [email protected] for more details.

ByMcAndrewMartin

New proposals lift off for Heathrow’s third runaway

Plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have taken another twist after new proposals were unveiled to save £2.5bn from its cost.
The expansion bill is now expected to drop to £14bn, with money saved through reducing space and breaking building work into stages.
When construction starts, the runaway will be one of the country’s major infrastructure works alongside such high-profile projects as Crossrail and HS2.
Our Director of Project Management and Contract Administration Lee Sargeant has been watching with a keen professional interest.
At McAndrew Martin we monitor all of the latest industry developments and best practices to ensure we continue to deliver the very highest standards of professional customer service.
Lee Sargeant is RICS qualified and has a BSc (Hons) degree in Building Surveying. He has a wealth of experience in MoD, residential, commercial and engineering projects, including schemes with multi-million pound values.
It is critical to be able to understand the exact requirements of any given brief, from the drawing board through to execution in an efficient, comprehensive and cost-effective way.
Our expertise in Project Management and Contract Administration includes cost control, stakeholder engagement, meeting key objectives, developing strong client relationships, project evaluation and risk assessment, contract administration, contract documentation, monitoring of construction work on site, and ensuring projects are delivered on time to the required standard and within the allocated budget.
Project management at Heathrow will be absolutely vital for plans to go smoothly. Various options are being presented to the public as part of a 10-week consultation period early this year, according to the BBC.
The expansion would increase Heathrow’s capacity from 85.5 million passengers to 130 million.
In its latest announcement Heathrow said the extra passengers generated by the new runway could be split between Terminals 2 and 5 instead of a new standalone terminal for the extra runway.
According to the Department for Transport, unless there is expansion London’s five airports will reach full capacity by 2034.
Heathrow aims to start building in 2021 and plans to complete the runway by 2025. Project management and contract administration will be vital to hit these targets.
Project management and contract administration is one of our six Directorates. The others are Architecture, Building Surveying, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, General Practice and Structural Engineering.
Contact Lee on 02392 697193 and on [email protected] for a free and friendly, no-obligation discussion about your requirements.
Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42399840 for more about the Heathrow project.
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ByMcAndrewMartin

Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Merry Christmas and happy New Year from us all at McAndrew Martin!
Our warmest wishes and thanks go to all of our valued customers, clients, suppliers and business associates for their support during 2017.
We’ve recorded continued growth over the past 12 months, with demand increasing for multi-disciplinary services.
Highlights have also included our third charity golf day – one of the best attended corporate events of its kind on the South coast – which raised £6,000 as well as our summer garden party.
More exciting developments are underway for 2018, with more details in due course, as we look forward to another successful year.
We close for Christmas on Friday December 22 at 12noon and re-open on Tuesday January 2, 2017.
A peaceful Christmas and a prosperous new year to you all!
MCANDREW MARTIN – PROFESSIONAL SOLUTIONS BY DESIGN

ByMcAndrewMartin

Excellence through technology at McAndrew Martin

There is an interesting article on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) website about the increasing importance of technology in achieving higher quality reporting standards, greater accuracy and faster turnaround times.
Our Director of Building Surveying Bruce Scott spotted the story on the RICS website. Bruce, like all of our highly qualified property professionals, uses the latest technology in the field and the office – including drones, tablets, integrated IT systems and bespoke software.
Building Surveying is one of our six divisions. The others are: Architecture, General Practice, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Project Management and Contract Administration, and Structural Engineering.
Visit the website at http://www.rics.org/uk/news/news-insight/comment/the-impact-of-technology-on-valuation-professionals/ to read the full article.
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