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Detached house under construction

New Residential Housing, Horsham

Building foundationsConstruction is underway on a new residential development at Comptons Lane in Horsham, West Sussex.

An existing house has been demolished at the freehold development site to make way for four 4-bedroom detached houses.

Gyoury Self was appointed by Reilly Construction to provide full structural and civil engineering services for the collection of new homes which are located within walking distance of Horsham Station.

Commissioned by Country Gate Properties, the high-specification housing development is due for completion this coming autumn.

Image credits: Reilly Construction

Do you require engineering input on a residential project? We provide structural and civil engineering services to domestic and commercial clients across the country. Contact us to discuss your engineering needs with a member of our team.

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Regina Road new housing

Croydon Small Sites Housing

We are currently providing engineering services for an award-winning series of affordable housing projects in Croydon which will go to site later this month.

The four residential housing developments form part of the Small Sites Programme, one of Croydon Council’s initiatives to provide 1,000 high-quality new homes across the borough by 2019.

The Small Sites Programme is being delivered by the council’s own development company Brick by Brick, and the properties will all be constructed on small council-owned infill sites such as old garages, car parks, vacant buildings or infill sites on estates.

The four projects we are working on were all designed by Stitch Architects. Click images below to enlarge.

Gyoury Self has been appointed by the main contractor Osborne to provide designs for building substructures and civil engineering works. The main timber frame and SIPS super structure will be built by Innovaré, Osbourne’s award-winning offsite construction partner company.

The Croydon Small Sites Programme is already garnering interest for its innovative use of in-fill sites. Last year it won the Unbuilt Housing category in the New London Awards. These awards recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital, including both new and proposed projects across all sectors of the built environment, selected by an international expert jury.

Image credits: Brick by Brick, Stitch Architects

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Entrance to air raid shelter

Air Raid Shelter Access, Brighton

We are currently working on an interesting project aimed at improving access to a restored WW2 underground air raid shelter at Downs Junior School in Brighton.

Built in 1939, at what was then the Ditchling Road School, the shelter was designed to provide subterranean protection for up to 300 pupils. It was also used by the local community at night.

In recent years, the shelter has been lovingly restored as a local history museum offering a completely immersive experience using exhibits and interactive features. Most of the items within the museum have been donated by members of the local community, some of whom are former pupils who used the shelter during the war.

Set out as a series of inter-connecting pre-cast slab concrete tunnels approximately 3 metres under the playground, the shelter is one of three at the school and the only one still accessible.

Downs Junior School air raid shelterHowever, access is currently restricted as the shelter can only be reached via a narrow opening and vertical ladder.

Gyoury Self will be providing structural engineering designs for widened access and a new staircase leading down from the school playground. This will greatly improve access to the Take Shelter tours provided to school parties and members of the public wishing to step back in time and experience the spirit of the Blitz.

The school has applied for Lottery funding for the new access to be built and it is hoped that works can commence in the coming months.

Image Credits: Downs Junior School

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Paul Grinyer

Paul Grinyer now Associate Partner

It is our pleasure to announce that Paul Grinyer has become an Associate Partner at Gyoury Self

Paul kick-started his professional engineering career with Gyoury Self back in 1995, before going on to work for some the South Coast’s best known structural and civil engineering companies. We were delighted when he re-joined Gyoury Self last year, bringing a wealth of domestic and commercial engineering experience to our Brighton and Hove office.

As a highly-experienced Chartered Structural Engineer, Paul will be taking up the role of engineering Team Leader and providing support to company partner Gavin Owens.

With a strong project pipeline ahead, Paul’s promotion with further strengthen the company’s commitment to the timely delivery of high-quality, cost-effective engineering services for both our domestic and commercial clients.

We wish Paul every success in his new role as Associate Partner.


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Are you experienced in the field of structural and civil engineering consultancy and looking for a new challenge? We currently have vacancies for experienced Structural Engineers in our Sussex and Hampshire offices. We also vacancies for Graduate Engineers. For more information, click here.


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Monika Koclega

Monika Koclega joins Gyoury Self

We wish to extend a warm welcome to Monika Koclega, who recently joined our engineering team in Brighton and Hove as a Chartered Structural Engineer

Originally from Poland, Monika honed her engineering skills working with London-based practice Elliott Wood Partnership before moving down to the south coast in 2016.

Experienced in engineering commercial and residential structures, Monika has worked on a number of key international projects, including facade design for the New Oslo National Museum and commercial developments for Metro Bank.

Monika is currently working on structural designs for the St. Bede’s School extension project in Redhill. As an experienced structural engineer with qualifications in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as specialist knowledge of Environmental Protection Geoengineering, she will be sharing her skills and knowledge with our graduate trainee engineers.

Outside of the office, Monika is a keen traveller and has been involved in the organisation of arts and architecture events, including Open City and the Wimbledon International Short Film Festival.

We are absolutely delighted to have Monika join us. As a chartered engineer with such a broad experience in building structures, she is a welcome addition to our Brighton and Hove team. Rick Potterton, Managing Partner

Are you interested in becoming a Gyoury Self Structural Engineer?

We currently have vacancies for Graduate Structural Engineers and Experienced Structural Engineers. For more information, visit our Careers page.


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Structural Engineer job advert

Engineering Job Vacancies

Whether you are an experienced structural engineer or fresh out of university, we would love to hear from you.

We currently have vacancies at our south coast offices for qualified structural engineers and civil engineering graduates. With a competitive job package on offer and great projects in the pipeline .. what are you waiting for!

Find full details of current job vacancies on our Careers page.

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Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen

We are excited to announce our involvement in the Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen – a new cookery school in central Brighton which will encourage people to cook, learn new skills and enjoy food together.

The project is the brainchild of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, a non-profit organisation that has been teaching cookery within the community for almost 10 years.

The kitchen will be built in a large ground-floor space in Community Base, Queens Road as a teaching kitchen and venue for hire. Subsided courses will be offered to people with learning difficulties, on low incomes or with mental health issues.

The initial building work in the Community Kitchen has been funded by the Veolia Environmental Trust and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery with support from the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Works to clear the site got underway just before Christmas with the support of MacConvilles Surveying and building students from Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.

The Gyoury Self Sussex team is providing structural engineering input to the refurbishment works alongside a team of local contractors, including Cheesmur Building Contractors, Crofton Consulting and Claire Potter, an award-winning designer and interior architect. Community Kitchen site at Queens Road

The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership has launched a month-long Kit Out The Kitchen crowdfunding campaign that will run throughout February to raise the final £20,000 necessary to bring the kitchen to life. If you wish to donate to the campaign, visit the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership crowdfunding page >

Works to the shell of the building are scheduled to finish by March, with a view to the kitchen being fitted out during April. We are delighted to be on board with the Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen project and look forward to keeping you posted on progress.

Image credit: Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Are you undertaking a building refurbishment project?  If you need to commission structural and civil engineering work for a building refurbishment or renovation project, contact us and one of our engineering team will be happy to help.

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Kings House Development Plan

Plans for Kings House Hove unveiled

Plans for our latest residential development project on the site of King’s House in Hove have been unveiled to the public.

The plans have been revealed by Mortar Nova Grand Avenue, who bought the Grade II listed building on Hove seafront from Brighton & Hove City Council in October for £26 million.

Proposals for the former Council office building include reverting King’s House, built in the 1870s, back to its original residential use and replacing its 1980s extension and car park with two new buildings, creating a total of around 172 homes.

We have brought together a project team of superb local companies, including architects Crowther Associates, to develop designs that will restore the grandeur of King’s House when it was first built and create quality new buildings that will enhance the townscape in this important location in Hove.

Alan Coleman, co-director of Mortar Nova Grand Avenue

King’s House was originally designed as a terrace of large houses with the Princes Hotel located at its western end fronting Grand Avenue. It is now proposed to reinstate the building to its original intended status in providing high quality residential accommodation throughout the building.

The external facades will be repaired and refurbished with some original features previously lost, such as entrance doors on Queen’s Gardens facing Hove seafront, being reinstated and original style windows and chimney pots re-introduced.

The 1980s extension and glazed link on Grand Avenue will be demolished and two new separate modern apartment buildings are proposed, one fronting Grand Avenue and one in the current rear car park, restoring the Second Avenue street scene.

Local people are invited to share their views on the proposals as well as their ideas for making the scheme as environmentally friendly as possible. The public exhibition will run from Friday 26th January to Saturday 27th January at Cornerstone Community Centre in Hove.

Gyoury Self has been working alongside architects Crowther Associates architects providing engineering advice and drawings as part of the pre-planning consultation process leading up to submission of the planning application later this year.

We are very excited to be involved in this landmark project and look forward to sharing further information as the project progresses.

Image credit: Crowther Associates/Natural PR

Do you need structural and civil engineering input for a planning application?  Contact us to discuss your plans with a member of our engineering team.

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Pre-fabricated pod in transit

Pre-Fabricated Building Extensions

We recently provided structural engineering input on an unusual roof extension project at Belvedere Mansions in Hove, East Sussex.

As the property is sited on a primary arterial bus route in a residential area, it was determined that pre-fabricated units would provide the most convenient and cost-effective way to extend the building with minimal impact on neighbouring properties and local traffic flow.

A key advantage of pre-fabrication is that modular units can be designed and made to meet the highest construction standards in half the time of a traditional building project. An added bonus is that red tape can be kept to a minimum if pre-fabricated building units are designed to meet the guidelines set out by the Local Authority’s current Permitted Development Policy.

Gyoury Self provided engineering input during the site investigation and design of the pre-fabricated pods. To avoid disruption to flat owners at Belvedere Mansions, we stipulated that the modular units be designed to clear-span the full buildings width, supporting only onto the perimeter walls. This removed the need to investigate the condition and capacity of the internal walls inside the flats, an undertaking that would have caused widespread disruption to the buildings tenants. We recommended that the steel frames within the pods act as deep trusses, making them particularly strong for their weight. The pod manufacturers were able to achieve this within their final designs.

Pre-fabricated pods being hoisted into positionThe extension pods were designed and built off-site by Boutique Modern – a specialist modular building design company that we have worked with on a number of residential and education pre-fab projects. The three modular units were constructed on the factory floor by a fit-out crew of plumbers, electricians, joiners, tilers and decorators. So they were essentially fully-finished and habitable when they left the factory.

On completion, the extension pods were transported to site and hoisted into place by a roadside crane – providing a unique spectacle for local residents! On the day, it was possible to undertake the installation with the road only partially closed, allowing traffic to flow via a single lane. The pods were then attached structurally to blend seamlessly with the existing building.

Image credits: Peter Overill Associates

Do you need engineering services for a pre-fabricated modular building or property extension project?
Contact us to chat with an engineer and find out how we can assist you.

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New Build artists impression

Residential New Build, West Sussex

Work is now well underway on our latest residential new build project in West Sussex.

We are working alongside architects Inspired Design Studio on the two-storey new build property located on the Ham Manor Estate in Angmering, Littlehampton.  The residential building is a load bearing masonry construction with a cut and pitch timber roof.

The Gyoury Self Sussex team has provided full structural and civil engineering design and detailing services on the project, which is due for completion in the coming months.

Image Credit: Inspired Design Studio

Do you need structural and civil engineering for a New Build project? Please contact us to discuss your proposed project with a Gyoury Self engineer.

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