Lyons O'Neill

Focus on: Engineering and the arts

You’re probably familiar with the stereotypes: artists lounge around in paint-smudged smocks, creating statement paintings and thought-provoking sculptures, whilst engineers lock themselves away in sleek glass office towers and spend their days hunched over technical diagrams and calculators. You might accept the common belief that engineers belong firmly in the camp of science, and that they inhabit a completely different world to artists. But what if we started describing engineering as an art form? After all, the very best engineers are creatives; they design, they build, they imagine new possibilities and they innovate from within and outside of the frameworks of their discipline. 

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Meet the engineer: James Protherough

Once more, we’re giving you the opportunity to get to know one of our engineers a bit better. Whether you’re someone who works in the industry, a prospective student or just someone with a keen interest in engineering, we’re hoping to offer a telling insight into what life as an engineer is really like. We sat down with Lyons O’Neill’s Senior Structural Engineer James Protherough to chat about what drew him to the profession and what the job involves. 

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How can the engineering sector appeal to young people?

Last week’s GCSE results day announcements got us thinking about the future of engineering. In recent years, the sector has embraced the proliferating use of digital technology as a more efficient way of working. With the chance to appeal to the first generation of true digital natives, it is imperative that the sector understands the importance of knowing how to attract young engineers. 

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Whaley Bridge: what can we learn?

This month, around 1,500 residents of Whaley Bridge were evacuated from their homes as a precaution taken in the event of a nearby damaged dam collapsing. The dam held back 1.2m tonnes of water from the Toddbrook reservoir, and was put under strain after a sequence of heavy rain and thunderstorms threatened to cause overspill into the nearby town. Whilst the residents were safely allowed to return to their homes, the general upkeep of the dam has been called into question by government officials and industry experts alike. Heavy rain is expected in the north of England and structures are built with it in mind. It was however, the extent of the damage to the dam’s spillway which led to the evacuation of Whaley Bridge, leading engineers to question what went wrong.

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Meet the engineer: Niall Greenan

This week, we’re giving you the opportunity to get to know one of our engineers a bit better. Whether you’re someone who works in the industry, a prospective student or just someone with a keen interest in engineering, we’re hoping to offer a telling insight into what life as an engineer is really like. We sat down with Lyons O’Neill’s Head of Civil Engineering Niall Greenan to chat about what drew him to the profession and what the job involves. 

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Lyons O’Neill and Loughton FC U12s

As some of you may be aware, Lyons O’Neill are proud sponsors of Loughton Football Club’s U12 team. The club was established in 1965 and offers exciting football opportunities on its own grounds for children aged from 7 to 16. Since becoming sponsors we’ve helped upgrade the team’s sports kit, providing them with fresh new tracksuits to help them look and perform their best! 

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Lyons O’Neill engineer takes on the Atlantic

This December, Lyons O’Neill’s Senior Structural Engineer James Protherough will be embarking on a 3000 mile row across the Atlantic to help combat plastic pollution. He will be joined by three school friends, Ewan, Ed and Jon to compete against 30 other teams in the hopes of beating a record time of 37 days and 9 hours, whilst championing a great cause and doing us proud. 

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Focus on: Site Context

There’s more to a site than first meets the eye but it’s crucial to understand these hidden features if you’re to build a safe, stable and long-lasting structure. Whether it’s site sloping, the load paths of existing structures or water drainage, a thorough site investigation is an absolutely vital part of the engineering process. It’s only by doing your homework and fully understanding a site’s context that you’ll be able to find the best and most cost effective solutions to cater to each client’s needs.

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Building BREEAM: sustainable construction techniques

As demonstrated by recent climate strikes, as well as the upcoming UN Climate Change Summit this year, individuals and corporations across every sector are facing pressure to be more mindful of their environmental responsibilities. That’s why we’re proud to reflect on the innovative ideas that helped us achieve an excellent BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) rating for our work at Phoenix Community Housing’s new headquarters.

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