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October 2010 Company Announcement

At the Company’s Annual Away Day held earlier this month in Castle Leslie Estate, Co Monaghan, Seamus McKillop, Managing Director, formally announced a number of company appointments.

Chartered Engineers Stephen Finch and Mark Kelso are appointed Technical Directors. Both have been instrumental in supporting the Company Directors in strategic business development and have held senior management positions with responsibility for project and performance management.

Four new positions of Senior Associate have also been created and these appointments are Terence Close, Dan Gilchrist, Stephen Mulholland and Declan Smyth. All appointees have been long-term employees with the company and are highly regarded as professional qualified engineers.

Seamus McKillop paid tribute to all staff and their commitment to the delivery of a quality service, undoubtedly a factor that has been instrumental to the Company’s continued success.

On the announcement, Seamus commented, “Whilst there are obvious and real economic challenges for the built environment, there are also opportunities for flexible and innovative companies like ourselves. With our new management arrangements, we have the right people in place to achieve continued growth and develop new sectors. I am delighted with these new appointment and am confident that we will work to continue to meet the high expectations of our Clients”.

Seamus McKillop and Sandra McKillop, Company Directors with new appointees.

October 2010 Semple & McKillop's Leading Engineer

Our most recently appointed first class honours Graduate, Clodagh Farrell, has once again secured another accolade! Clodagh has been chosen as a finalist in the CIBSE / ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Award.
Clodagh Farrell at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Graduate of the Year Awards 2010 At a prestigious reception in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) HQ in London this week, Clodagh delivered a presentation discussing the subject ‘What tools does the modern building services engineer need to help society create a sustainable world'. Whilst describing the design and technological tools required, Clodagh emphasised the interpersonal tool kit and ability to work as part of a team as being equally critical for success. Among the judges were ASHRAE president Lynn Bellenger and IMechE president John Wood.

On Clodagh’s latest achievement, Technical Director, Stephen Finch commented, ‘We are again very proud of Clodagh and congratulate her as being chosen as one of the young leading building services engineers of the year. At Semple & McKillop we are particularly committed to protecting the natural environment and Clodagh has already proven herself as a valued team member in designing innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions.’

Clodagh was on the Semple & McKillop Student Placement Programme in 2008/2009 and attained the CIBSE and UU Awards for Student of the Year 2008 and Placement Student of the Year 2009.

The CIBSE / ASHRAE awards are in their 15th year and designed to champion the achievement and potential of young building services engineers.

Photograph Credit: Simon Weir http://www.simonweir.com

June 2010 Top Results for our Graduates!!

At Semple & McKillop we aim to attract and retain high calibre staff, and again, we have been successful! We are delighted with the recent academic achievements of our Administration Manager, Aoibheann Conlon and new recruit, Clodagh Farrell.

Aoibheann (right) joined the company in June 2008 and having successfully completed a HNC in Business and Finance, she went on to further her studies on a part time basis.

Aoibheann has now successfully completed her BSc (Hons) in Business Studies and will graduate with a 2:1.

As one of the students on our Student Placement Programme in 2008/2009, Clodagh (left) returned to complete her BEng (Hons) Energy and Building Services Engineering. She has now graduated with a first class honours, (the only award in her year) a testament to her academic excellence. During her degree, Clodagh also attained the CIBSE and UU Awards for Student of the Year 2008 and Placement Student of the Year 2009.

Both Aoibheann and Clodagh are valued members of staff at Semple & McKillop Ltd and working with the team will ensure we continue to deliver the highest quality of service expected by our clients.

June 2010 New Faces at Semple & McKillop

All at Semple & McKillop extend a warm welcome to the two successful students on our Student Placement Programme.

John Hughes and Shane Quinn started on the 1st June with a joint induction. Shane is completing a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Degree with DIS at UUJ and will be based in the Castleblayney office. John is completing a BEng (Hons) Energy and Building Services Engineering Degree at UUJ and will be based in the Belfast office.

Also joining our team for the summer months is Stephen Kerr. Stephen completing his 1st year at Cambridge University and will start in the Belfast Office towards the end of June.

We’re also delighted to announce the appointment of Clodagh Farrell who graduated this year with a BEng (Hons) Energy and Building Services Engineering.
In 2008-2009, Clodagh was on our Student Placement Programme during which she received the ‘Placement Student of the Year Award 2009’ at the prestigious CIBSE/University of Ulster student awards.

The additional support is already providing invaluable to the Senior Engineering Team in the delivery of the Department of Education & Science summer works programme valued at €6M.

April 2010 Celebrating Investors in People Success

Semple & McKillop was one of 33 local businesses praised by Alan Shannon, the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Employment and Learning, for preparing for the upturn by continuing to improve and invest in their people. The celebration event was held in Hillsborough Castle.

Stephen Finch and Sandra McKillop of Semple & McKillop accepting the IiP Ward from Mr. Alan Shannon (centre) of the Department of Employment and Learning.
Mr Shannon said: "I am enthused to see such a diverse group of businesses gaining the tried and tested Investors in People accreditation. This group represents a cross section of Northern Ireland businesses. Today we see organisations from all sectors, areas and sizes, ranging from a dental practice in Coalisland employing 6 people to the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, one of NI's biggest employers with 20,000 staff."

The Permanent Secretary added: "In today's rapidly changing and challenging economy it is often easy to forget that businesses realise their ambitions through their people. Now is the time for businesses to look to the future, investing in their people to give them that all important edge. Northern Ireland businesses have faced difficult times over the last couple of years. However, we need now to concentrate on preparing for the upturn. Organisations best placed to do this are those that continue to invest in their people, those who continue to strive for improvement and those who adapt to change and learn to innovate."

Investors in People has long been acknowledged as the most successful framework for business improvement through people. It helps organisations of every size, sector and location to compete and succeed through improved people performance. The approach to its delivery has recently changed, becoming more tailored to individual business needs, as well as the framework being extended to provide stretch for all businesses, who can now work towards achieving the core Standard or the recently added Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

April 2010 Specialist Environmental Consultancy Commission

Semple & McKillop have been commissioned by the University of Ulster to work with their key personnel in developing their Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) strategy and an implementation plan to reduce energy use, costs and carbon emissions. This commission requires a comprehensive, high level assessment to identify measures which can be implemented across the University’s 4 Campuses at Belfast, Magee, Jordanstown and Coleraine to achieve sustainable and long term carbon reductions.

As innovative sustainable designers we have a proven record in providing our Clients with bespoke and specialist environmental consultancy services.

Our expertise in strategic sustainability consultancy services is applicable to both private and public organisations. We always welcome the opportunity to discuss with Clients how we may assist in the development of an effective Carbon Management Strategy to provide immediate and long term cost reductions. Please contact us today.

March 2010 Record Number of Applications

The applications date for our 1 year placement programme has now closed. This year we have received an unprecedented number of applications from Northern Ireland universities and an increased number from institutions in South of Ireland, England and Scotland. We are currently reviewing all applications and will invite those short listed to an interview after Easter.
At Semple and McKillop we aim to be the employer of choice for talented professionals in the industry. If you would like to be kept updated on opportunities to be part of our team, please get in contact.

'Ulster Placement Employer of the Year Award 2009

February 2010 Quality Schools on Schedule - Again

Two new system build schools in Balbriggan and Naas, Dublin are currently on schedule for completion in May. These schools are uniquely designed comprising 12-16 classrooms, staff rooms, resource rooms, general purpose halls, ancillary accommodation and special needs facilities.

The schools are part of the Department of Education and Science strategy to match education provision with population growth in rapidly developing areas.

This is the third year Semple & McKillop have been part of a successful integrated design team in securing such school build commissions.  In 2008 and 2009 we completed the design for 6 new schools.