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Homebase Christchurch opens

Works at the Homebase retail unit at the Christchurch Retail Park in Dorset have been completed and the newly refurbished store has reopened for business.

This is one of two refurbishment projects we have recently undertaken for Litchford Consulting. Both have involved sub-dividing an existing Homebase retail unit to create two new units. At both sites, Homebase has continued operations from one of the new units, while the other unit is being developed as a new Lidl supermarket store.

The phased works at Christchurch Retail Park include installation of a new party wall and over roofing system, as well of reconfiguration of the existing drainage systems and remodelling of the front elevations. A 7,000 sq. ft. mezzanine floor has been installed in the Homebase unit, and an existing rear canopy was been modified to accommodate a new 3,000 sq. ft. steel frame extension with mezzanine floor.

A feature of the structural engineering works has been the design of a new over roofing structure which will enable Lidl to meet its energy and sustainability targets. An initial analysis of the frame and purlins was undertaken to assess the implications of an additional load on the existing structure of the building.

Gyoury Self was appointed to provide structural and civil engineering across the refurbishment project. The main contractor is Faircloth Construction and project design is by RGP Architecture.

Work on the Lidl unit is still underway, and the new supermarket is due to open in the coming months.


Do you need engineering for a retail project?

Gyoury Self regularly provides structural and civil engineering for the refurbishment, redevelopment and construction of retail projects on every scale. To find out more, explore our Commercial Services and Projects pages – or simply Contact us to discuss your project with an engineer.

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Latest Covid 19 Update

We are happy to report that, as part of the Construction sector, Gyoury Self remains open and operating within the latest Government guidelines.

Whether working in-house or remotely, we continue to deliver engineering services for our clients. Home and site visits are still being undertaken where safe social distancing can be observed. We are also positively engaged in developing new business and nurturing pipeline projects. Maintaining momentum is vital for keeping businesses on track and ensuring the industry gets back on its feet as swiftly as possible.


Current Live Projects

Most projects remain live and we continue to work remotely with project partners. So we are still delivering full structural and civil engineering services for new and existing projects. If you have any queries regarding ongoing projects, you can just contact us as normal.


Site Visits

For those sites that have remained open, significant measures are now in place to ensure safe working practices on site. Live site visits are kept to a minimum and only where social distancing measures are in place.


Engineering Design for Pre-Planning/Planning

We are currently engineering several public sector, commercial and domestic projects through various stages of the planning process.  If you have any queries about engineering input on a current application, please get in touch with your designated project engineer – or contact us to talk with a member of the engineering team.

Local Authority Planning and Building Control departments remain in operation and planning submissions are still being made. So please contact us if you require structural or civil engineering calculations and designs for new planning applications.

For full details of our engineering services for commercial and public/private sector clients, click here. To find out more about engineering services for domestic projects, click here.


Tender Submissions and Project Quotes

We have been undertaking tender submissions for project contractors and welcome any new opportunities to quote for pipeline projects. We are keen to maintain momentum but also recognise that the current situation still affords an opportunity to build new business relationships – even if meeting remotely for the first time. So please feel free to get in touch to discuss any potential projects – we are happy to have a chat and provide the necessary engineering input to help get your project off the ground.


Engineering for Residential/Domestic Clients

We are still providing structural and civil engineering services for property development and domestic home improvement projects. These include:

  • Structural Design
  • Structural Calculations
  • Structural Reporting
  • Structural Solutions


Home Visits

Structural inspections and surveys are an important part of the service we provide to local home owners. We are still able to undertake engineering inspections of domestic properties where it is safe to do so and only if our clients are happy to have us in their home. Our engineers will be taking special measures to ensure your safety and their own, and if we do need to enter your home, we’ll call you beforehand to talk to you about how we can make our visit as short and safe as possible. Safe social distancing will be observed at all times.

For full details of our engineering services for domestic and residential clients, click here.


Property Conversions and Home Offices

Enforced self-isolation at home and remote working is inspiring many people to consider the benefits of undertaking a property conversion or home office project to expand or improve their living/working environment.  We are happy to provide advice and engineering estimates for such projects. Please visit our Property Conversion page for more details or to download our information booklet. Alternatively, just contact us to speak with an engineer.


Structural Emergencies

If you are experiencing a structural emergency, we can arrange a visit to appraise the issue for reporting purposes and to recommend remedial measures.  Please note that we continue to follow the latest Government guidelines regarding site visits.

If your property conversion or improvement project has been postponed part way through and you have any concerns regarding structural safety, please feel free to contact us for advice.


And finally …

Gyoury Self remains on hand for all your engineering needs, and as a company we are staying positive about what the future holds beyond the current crisis.  We would like to say a big thank you to all our clients, contractors and project partners who continue to work hard to keep the wheels turning.

Stay safe and well everyone!


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Egham Gateway on site

Work is now underway on the installation of architectural steelwork at the Egham Gateway mixed use development project in Runnymeade, Surrey.

Artists impression of Egham GatewayGyoury Self has been commissioned by the main steelwork contractor Hailsham Structures to provide structural engineering for a wide range of architectural steelwork.

Shown above is the installation balconies and balustrading around building Block D, with roof work and plant screening under construction.

The work forms part of the extensive new mixed use Egham Gateway project (formerly known as Egham Gateway West).

Graham Construction is the main contractor on the £60 million scheme which will see the construction of over 100 new homes, as well as new student accommodation, retail units and a cinema.


Need an engineer for a steelwork project?

We provide structural and civil engineering for projects of every scale. To find out how we can help, please visit Our Services pages. Alternatively Contact Us or call T: 01273 414413 to speak with one of our engineers.


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Homebase Tunbridge Wells

Works at the Homebase retail unit at West Station, Tunbridge Wells have been completed and the newly refurbished store has now reopened for business.

The old Homebase store was sub-divided to make way for a new Lidl supermarket, which is in the final stages of construction and due to open early next year.

Originally built in the early 1990’s, the existing Homebase unit has been extensively refurbished. Works to the building involved subdividing the unit, installation of new glazing systems to the front elevation including two new entrances, partial over sheeting of the roof, extensive modifications to the drainage system and slab foundations. External works included an extension to the delivery bay including dock leveller, alterations to the parking layout and installation of two new 10m high goalpost signage.

Phase 1 involved preparing the downsized unit for Homebase, who continued to trade throughout the works. This freed up space for the Phase 2 development of the new Lidl store.
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Gyoury Self was appointed by Litchford Consulting to provide structural and civil engineering across the refurbishment project. This is one of several retail projects we have undertaken with main contractor Faircloth Construction. These include the construction of a new Costa Coffee Drive-thru in Slough. Building design for the Homebase project is by Black Architecture.


Do you need engineering for a retail project?

We are highly experienced in structural and civil engineering for the refurbishment, redevelopment and construction of retail projects on every scale. More details can be found on our Commercial Services and Projects page. Alternatively, please contact us if you wish to discuss your project directly with a member of our engineering team.

Image credits: Litchford Consulting, Faircloth Construction

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A fond farewell to Lee Ryall

It is with sadness that we bid farewell to company partner Lee Ryall, who has decided that the time is right to relocate back to Devon with his wife and young daughter.

During his years at the Brighton and Hove office, Lee worked his way up to lead a dedicated team of engineers and technicians, contributing his expertise on a number of key projects.

In recognition of his engineering ability, dedication to projects and loyalty to the company, he was promoted to the position of Partner in 2016.

As a key member of the Sussex engineering team, Lee will be greatly missed – especially by the graduate engineers who have benefited from his experience over the years. Although we are sorry to see Lee go, we appreciate his desire to relocate and live closer to family and friends.  We wish him every success for the future.

Rick Potterton, Managing Partner, Gyoury Self


Lee’s official leaving date will be 31st December, so hopefully we can give him a suitably Covid-safe send-off before the start of the Christmas break! Good luck Lee, we wish you all the best.

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Industrial Units, Ashford

There is plenty of activity on site at our latest light industrial project at the Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate in Ashford, Kent.

The site is currently being cleared for a new Builders’ Merchant development comprising two steel portal framed buildings. The main depot building will act as open storage for materials as well as an HGV parking and turning area. The second building will be split into two units for offices and a ground floor warehouse. The development also includes associated parking for cars and larger vehicles.

The former site of historic aviation manufacturer Houchin was acquired by Quinn Estates for development and the existing low-quality structures are being replaced with more energy efficient light industrial buildings. Construction of the new steel frames will commence once site clearance has been completed.

Gyoury Self was commissioned by Kent Structures Limited to provide structural engineering services for the project. The steel frame is being fabricated by Southfield Structural Services.

Image credits: Kent Structures


Do you require engineering for an industrial project?

Our website contains more information About, Us, Our Services and Our Projects, or simply contact us to discuss your project requirements with an engineer.


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Princess Royal Hospital, West Sussex

Some uplifting news! A recent project to update the Imaging Department at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath has been successfully delivered and the radiographers are very happy to have the new equipment up and running.

Photo of NHS Staff in Imaging DepartmentWe were appointed by Pilbeam Construction to provide structural feasibility reporting for the refurbishment project at the main Imaging Department – a project commissioned by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

It involved reconfiguration of the existing imaging facilities and installation of a new CT scanner. Having evaluated the existing structure, we were able to advise on necessary strengthening works to the floor and ceiling to safely support the highly-sensitive (and expensive) medical scanner.

This is one of several NHS projects we are currently engineering in Sussex.

For details of the Mental Health Units we are helping to deliver for the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, please click here.


Do you need engineering for a healthcare project?

Our experience across the healthcare sector ranges from structural reporting and refurbishments, through to full service structural and civil engineering design of large scale healthcare facilities and care homes. To find out how we can help you, please contact us to discuss your project with an engineer.


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Brandfold Terrace, Tunbridge Wells

We are very excited to be working with design-led building contractors Minton Young on a unique residential project located just outside Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

An existing house is being demolished to make way for the impressive 600m2 bespoke residential property which has been designed by PH+ Architects for a private client.

This impressive family home will be nestled into a hill overlooking the Weald countryside. The properties five bedrooms are located on the ground floor, with the main living on the first floor to take advantage of sweeping views over stunning parkland.

Construction will be steel frame on a concrete slab foundation, with retaining walls to accommodate the sloping nature of the site. Other construction elements include pre-cast concrete planks and timber in-fill perimeter walls. The front elevation has full-height glazing with timber-clad screens that slide across the windows.

Gyoury Self has been appointed by the client to provide full structural and civil engineering services for the project.

Temporary propping and sheet piling works have been completed and the reminder of the demolition is currently underway. Construction is due for completion in September 2021 and we are very much looking forward to seeing the end result!

If you are interested in following the progress of this project, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Image credit: Lighting design by Eleni Shiarlis Lighting


Do you require engineering for a residential project?

From property extensions and conversions, to new build bespoke designed properties, Gyoury Self provides full structural and civil engineering services to meet your needs. To find out how we can help, please contact us to discuss your property project with a member of our friendly and approachable engineering team.


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