Professor Steve Denton, WSP’s Head of Civil, Bridge and Ground Engineering, has been re-elected to chair the key European Standardisation Committee, CEN/TC 250, responsible for defining design rules for structural and geotechnical engineers used across Europe, including the UK. 

Steve Denton 

Steve’s reappointment, for an unprecedented third three-year term, comes as the international committee he leads is working to deliver a completely revised suite of design standards under the largest standardisation grant ever issued by the European Commission. This suite of standards, known as the Eurocodes, are used by over 500 000 engineers in Europe alone, as well as in many other countries around the world. 


Commenting on the unanimous vote of confidence he received from European member states, Steve said, “I am honoured to be re-elected into one of the most influential standardisation roles in the construction sector worldwide. It is an important and exciting time. Thousands of expert engineers across Europe, including many from UK, are working collaboratively to develop the second generation of the Eurocodes, with a central focus on streamlining their ease of use and ensuring they remain the most up to date and comprehensive suite of standards in the world”.


The Secretariat of CEN/TC 250 is held by BSI, and Steve’s re-appointment comes as the General Assemblies of the European Standards Organizations CEN and CENELEC have approved a plan that secures BSI’s full membership post-Brexit.


Dr Scott Steedman, Director of Standards at BSI commented, “Steve's contribution and commitment to work on the Eurocodes has been exemplary. His reappointment as Chairman of CEN/TC 250 for a third term is an outstanding personal achievement and demonstrates the support and respect he has built with the 34 CEN National Members.  I would like to thank Steve for his dedication to standards-making not only in the UK but in the international standards system.” 


Steve will now lead CEN/TC 250 until July 2022, during which time the first standards in the new suite of Eurocodes are expected to be published.



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Notes to editors

Structural Eurocodes:


The Eurocodes give design rules for building and civil engineering works, and comprise 10 Standards in 59 parts. When they were first published between 2002 and 2007, the Eurocodes were the most comprehensive and technically advanced suite of standards for structural and geotechnical design in the world and replaced former national standards in countries across Europe. Their original development represented the culmination of over 30 years of collaborative effort.


About WSP:

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 43,600 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.


About BSI:


BSI is the business standards company that enables organizations to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. For over a century BSI has championed what good looks like and driven best practice in organizations around the world. Working with over 86,000 clients across 193 countries, it is a truly international business with skills and experience across a number of sectors including aerospace, automotive, built environment, food, and healthcare. Through its expertise in Standards Development and Knowledge Solutions, Assurance and Professional Services, BSI improves business performance to help clients grow sustainably, manage risk and ultimately be more resilient.


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About CEN and CENELEC:


CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) are recognized by the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as European Standardization Organizations responsible for developing standards at European level. These standards set out specifications and procedures in relation to a wide range of materials, processes, products and services.


The members of CEN and CENELEC are the National Standardization Bodies and National Electrotechnical Committees of 34* European countries. European Standards (ENs) and other standardization deliverables adopted by CEN and CENELEC, are accepted and recognized in all of these countries.


European Standards contribute to enhancing safety, improving quality, facilitating cross-border trade and strengthening the European Single Market. They are developed through a process of collaboration among experts nominated by business and industry, research institutes, consumer and environmental organizations, trade unions and other stakeholders.


CEN and CENELEC work to promote the international alignment of standards in the framework of technical cooperation agreements with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission).


* Number of full members in December 2018