It’s No Bull – We Need More Staff!!

The quality of applicants turning up for interviews these days is diverse to the extreme.  Here we see Senior Technician (Surveys Division) Dave Coupe, looking ever so apprehensive about how to go about training his latest recruit.



P1150804Dave and a team from the surveys division recently carried out a condition survey to this listed ancient monument located in beautiful park lands in Staffordshire.

The Tower dates back to the 1700’s and was built to commemorate a famous naval victory.

 All areas of the external stone and internal brickwork were surveyed and a comprehensive report issued together with remedial measure options and budgets.







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Boys & Their Toys!!

It seems we are never too old to enjoy a train set and they don’t come much better than the Welsh Highland & Festiniog Railway

Here we see Senior Technician, Daniel Nugent at the Driver’s seat of the crew train taking the team to one of several bridge, viaduct and river wall surveys being conducted by us in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park – thankfully he was not allowed to drive, we are told!!

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Details of the inspections will feature in the company’s next Newsletter to be issued in November 2014.

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One of Thomas Telfords Great Bridges Surveyed by Concorr

The Craigellachie Bridge is a cast iron arch bridge with replacement upper steel superstructure located in Moray, Scotland.  It was designed by internationally renowned civil engineer Thomas Telford and built between 1812 and 1814.




200 years later, teams of technicians surveyed this beautiful bridge by a combination of industrial roped access techniques including descending, ascending and aid climbing.

All parts of the bridge structure were inspected at touching distance as well as diagnostic testing carried out.

A beautiful structure in a beautiful location and for a change – beautiful weather, work doesn’t get too much better than this!!



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Concorr Approved for Government 2 Year Apprentice Scheme

As part of the Company’s commitment to training and giving long-term prospects to young people the company has recently been approved to offer 2 year structured apprenticeships to young people aged between 18 and 22. We would like to welcome on board our first apprentice Nick Gandy who joined us this month and has already begun his structured training and has so far found himself working under the direction of concorr lead technicians on a variety of different structures. Nick will be attending day release training and is already beginning his training in Industrial Roped Access and attends his first Confined Spaces training course this week. The company is looking for more apprenticeship applications with the intention of offering long-term positions on completion of the scheme.

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More Technicians become IRATA Qualified!!

As part of the Company’s overall commitment to training and quality, another group of technicians have reached the required level and number of hours on ropes to attend evaluation.


Our congratulations go to the latest batch of concorr technicians to attend the week long external training and verification to achieve IRATA certification.


All concorr technicians are trained both in-house and externally by independent inspectors.  We train our staff to British, European and IRATA standards including rescue.


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Working with The United Nations

Managing Director, Michael Nugent has recently attended the first of a series of meetings with UNESCO in Paris.

This is part of a collaboration, which involves The UN, UNESCO and other leading Worldwide Partners including Concorr.

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The team, made up of specialists from around the world and under The Disaster Risk Reduction Unit will be, over coming years, looking at all aspects of the built environment in terms of natural and conflict disaster management of structures.  This will include codes of practice, standards, workmanship quality, failure investigation and appraisal as well as remedial strategies.

 The aim is to eventually establish worldwide guidelines whether a disaster has occurred in California or Tokyo.

Unesco flagAt present in the early stages, this team and its objectives present challenges that are exciting and extremely rewarding to make regions of the world safe when disaster occurs.

 Look for more updates on this exciting work.


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Should Due Diligence Extend to the Buildings, Enabling 3rd World Country Workers have to Work?

Recently there have been a number of building collapses around the world. Sadly, many peCollapsed Bldgople have lost their lives – The Factory in Dhaka being an example.

There has been raising concerns in the Western World news and press about Asia’s working conditions, low pay, and child labour exploitation in their factories. Factories that supply High Street brands to UK retailers.

What Can We Do?

Multi-National and International companies have shown commitment to improving the conditions of the workers in Asia, workers that are    employed  to manufacture High Street goods. This is possible through partnership and by monitoring the buildings.

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We at Concrete and Corrosion Consultancy Practice Ltd are promoting that all buildings and structures, where people work, should have ‘Basic Health Checks‘.

This as part of companies due diligence checks on supplies wherever in the world they may be.

Inspection and reporting on a factory in India, Thailand  or Bangladesh could save lives.  To find out more about this incredibly important step forward contact our Practice

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Concorr Lead Technician is Awarded Institution of Civil Engineers Technical Scholarship!

Our congratulations to Lead Technician – Daniel Nugent, who in the face of formidable competition, has been awarded an ICE QUEST Scholarship.

Daniel NugentDaniel, who is a full time lead technician with the company’s Civils Division, is studying for an MSc in Bridge Engineering on a part-time programme.

As part of his scholarship, Daniel is required to complete an annual report, furthermore he is asked to participate in ICE activities to promote civil engineering and the scholarship to young people/students.

The company is very pleased to support Daniel and other technicians in continued education/development and are very proud of Daniels achievement.

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Dubai Technical CPD Seminar

Concorr Seminar a Great Success! 

 Bill McKeown and Michael Nugent are currently in the Middle East giving a series of structured Technical CPD Presentations as well as meeting clients on projects the company has across the Middle East.


Dubai has been an intense 2 days of meetings and an evening seminar held at The Metropolitan Hotel with a larger than expected attendance and many contacts made.   Such was the interest in what Concorr offer that additional meetings had to be squeezed in including specific enquiries for projects, which were discussed in  detail at both the client’s offices and after the seminar.

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Such was the success of the first leg of the tour that specific enquiries were not only received from Dubai, but also Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Next report will be from

Abu Dhabi.

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Middle East CPD Roadshow

This month sees Managing Director – Michael Nugent and International Business Associate – Bill McKeown heading off to present a series of Technical CPD Presentations across the Middle East.

There are more to follow during the year, with the January dates below:-

26th January 2014 – Dubai

27th January 2014 – Abu Dhabi

28th January 2014 – Doha

29th January 2014 – Bahrain  

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