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Chatham Station Cycle Hub

Installation of a new £1.1 million purpose-built secure cycle hub at Chatham Railway Station is currently underway.

Commissioned by Southeastern Rail, the new hub is being built on disused land close to the railway station in Chatham town centre.

The purpose-built cycle hub has been designed and fabricated by Lock-it Safe. Gyoury Self has provided engineering input for the foundations, retaining walls and drainage. The main contractor is WPB Contractors Ltd.

The single-storey, steel-framed cycle hub will provide nearly 300 cycle spaces and include a ‘swipe card’ entry system, electric bike charging points, a bike repair stand with tools, bike pump and additional CCTV.

The hub will complement 13.6 km of new cycle routes across the Medway area to enable safer travel for cyclists.


“The opportunity to use a sustainable transport mode to get to and from the station is very important to our passengers, who not only want to be reassured that their bike has a space available, but that it will be safe and secure while they undertake their journeys, and that other facilities will be on hand to maintain and repair their bike when they need it. David Wornham, Passenger Services Director for Southeastern


Chatham Station Cycle Hub is the second secure rail station cycle facility we have engineered in Kent for Southeastern Rail. For details of the Tonbridge Station Cycle Hub, click here.


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Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

We were delighted to receive completion photos for the new lecture and performance theatre at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Faversham, Kent.

The new theatre building has been constructed as an extension to the existing Sixth Form Centre and includes:

  • Seating for up to 300
  • A multi-use stage area
  • State of the art sound, lighting and projection facilities
  • Access to the reception, changing facilities and toilets in the Sixth Form Centre
  • Extensive storage facilities
  • High quality ventilation and soundproofing
  • Double-height auditorium with mezzanine level

The new auditorium serves as a performance space for music and drama students, as well as a venue for lectures and speaking events. The building also provides a display area for exhibitions and a community space for local groups and performers.

The extension has been integrated with the Sixth Form Centre which was originally designed by architects Lee Evans Partnership and constructed in 2015.

The 2-storey extension is a steel frame construction with Durisol Woodcrete wall form units. These are a sustainable and cost-effective alternative to traditional methods of construction. The pre-insulated interlocking blocks are dry stacked together to form the walls, then in-filled with concrete to form a monolithic structural walling system. The award-winning wall form units are manufactured in South Wales from ‘woodcrete’ – a recycled cement-bonded wood fibre material.

Gyoury Self provided structural engineering for the project. The main design and build contractor was Kent Structures and the steel frame was fabricated by Southfield Structural Services.


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Lidl Newbury, Berkshire

With planning now approved, we look forward to construction getting underway on our latest Lidl supermarket project in central Newbury, Berkshire.

Image of new Lidl Newbury The new development will be built on the site of the dilapidated Narrow Boat pub and Bargain Buys store at the London Road Retail Park. It will replace the existing branch of Lidl in London Road, which experienced operational constraints due to its restricted size.

Benefits of building the new store include the retention of Lidl staff at the existing store, the creation of a number of new job opportunities, as well as an investment in the borough in the region of £4.5m. The scheme also redevelops a brownfield site and increases car parking spaces by 110; including two electric vehicle charging points.

The cycleway and footpath running to the south of the A4 will be improved to become a three-metre-wide combined footway / cycleway. A new designated footway link running from the A4 to the canal towpath is also included. A new small park will be located to the north of the site in the original pub garden.

Following on from our input on the planning application, Gyoury Self has been appointed by project managers Belshaw to provide full structural and civil engineering services across the project. We are working alongside the architects Mountford Pigott.

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Conquest Hospital Nursery Update

It is currently a hive of activity on site at our Conquest Hospital nursery project in St. Leonards-on Sea in Hastings.

Designed by HDS Architects, the new single-storey nursery building is being built using a Streif UK closed timber panel system assembled offsite. Swift progress is being made and a number of panels are now in place on site. Erection of the walls will be followed by installation of the roof cassettes and truss roof sections in readiness for the standing seam metal roof.

The benefits of modular buildings include decreased cost, reduced building timescales, reduced on-site disturbances resulting from greater off-site construction, and environmental benefits. They are increasingly being used by NHS Trusts as an apt response to their evolving demands.

When completed the new purpose built nursery will provide 55 places a day for children aged 4 months to 8 years whose parents work for East Sussex Healthcare Trust or the NHS. It will offer a fully accessible learning environment for children with enclosed outside play facilities for different age groups.

Gyoury Self was appointed by Cheesmur Building Contractors to provide engineering services for the Conquest Hospital nursery. It is one of several projects we are currently undertaking for NHS Trusts across Sussex.

Image credits: HDS Architects


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Lidl Christchurch, Dorset

Practical completion has been achieved at our Lidl Christchurch supermarket project in Dorset, which has now been handed over to the client for the fit-out phase.

Located at the Christchurch Retail Park, the new store will include the full range of Lidl amenities and will potentially create around 40 full and part time jobs.

Lidl Christchurch is one of two recently undertaken refurbishment projects which involve 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 newly reconfigured Homebase retail unit at the Christchurch Retail Park was completed last December and is already up and running. For more details, click here:


“Following the successful downsize and refurbishment of the Homebase at Christchurch Retail Park which reopened in December 2020, Lidl will be taking a 18,500 ft2 supermarket store which will include the full Lidl offer and an in-store bakery. It is targeted for opening in September 2021”. Orchard Street Investment Management


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

Image credits: Litchford Consulting


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Culpeper Close, Isfield

Our latest bespoke residential development project for Lavender Homes Ltd is about to start on site in Isfield, East Sussex.

The new build development to the west of Culpeper Close will deliver a collection of 10 high-end two, three and four-bedroom properties with associated landscaping, amenities and parking.

The two-storey properties will be timber framed, supported on piled, reinforced concrete raft foundations. This was chosen as the safest and most practical foundation, providing an all-weather solution to take the risk out of bad weather during the build.

Foul water disposal is via a centralised pump station to the public sewer. Surface water is attenuated and stored in a voided, granular sub-base, below the access road, before discharge at a controlled rate to a nearby watercourse.

Designed by Crowther Associates Architects, the bespoke residential homes feature a blend of weatherboarding and decorative brickwork with projecting headers creating a textured effect. The architectural design reflects the existing contextual language, alongside familiar scale, massing and forms that add a contemporary approach to local distinctiveness.

Gyoury Self is providing full structural and civil engineering services across the development.

The Culpeper Close project is due for completion later this year. If you wish to follow progress of this development, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.


Image Credits: Crowther Associates Architects


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Coalville Leisure Centre Progress

We were excited to be on site last week for an important milestone in the construction of Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centre in North West Leicestershire.

Photo of Westok curved cell beam installationWith most of the main steel frame in place, the site team undertook installation of the giant 28 metre curved Westok beams over the swimming pool hall.

Gyoury Self engineers worked closely with Glendale Engineering and the team at Kloeckner Metals UK | Westok to refine the bespoke beam design. The beams were then fabricated on site at Glendale’s workshop in Wooler, Northumberland.

The new £22m leisure complex project, commissioned by North West Leicestershire Council in partnership with Everyone Active, is really taking shape on site now the steel frame is almost complete. Already in place are the cell beam rafters for a 34 metre long span structure providing an unobstructed, column-free space over the sports hall.

Meanwhile final structural works are underway inside the building; including finalisation of the main pool tanks and spa pool.

This has been an amazing project to engineer and we have been greatly impressed by the overall team spirit and pace of development on site, led by the main contractor Metnor Construction.

For full details of the Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centre project and the benefits it will provide for the local community, click here.


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Chapel Barn Design Studio

Recently completed, this stunning design studio features one of the most stylish garages in the UK! The new build two-storey building provides a flexible studio space for Pfeiffer Design, a high-end interior design company based in East Sussex.

Designed by MHD Architects, the traditional ‘barn style’ building exterior blends seamlessly into its surroundings within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rather unexpectedly, the interior is a fresh and contemporary open-plan design with an exposed steel-frame structure and mezzanine.

The new studio is a creative oasis for interior design, showcasing the latest designs and technologies, as well as a space in which to host events and seminars in the future. Pfeiffer Design

To view full details and project image gallery, click here.

Image Credits: Pfeiffer Design


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Lidl Tiverton, Mid Devon

The doors have now opened at our Lidl supermarket project at The Foundry Estate in Blundell’s Road, Tiverton, Mid Devon.

Gyoury Self was appointed by main contractor Soldi Construction to provide full Structural and Civil Engineering services for the main food store, as well as associated car parking and services. We worked on the engineering designs alongside project architects Roberts Limbrick.

The new store is located to the north of Blundell’s Road with a dedicated delivery bay to the north-east of the main building. The store extends to 2,125 sqm (Gross Internal Area) with a sales area of 1,325 sqm, including an in-store bakery.

The new site offers 190 parking spaces, including 6 disabled and 8 parent and child spaces near to the store entrance with an electric charging point serving 2 further spaces. Secure cycle storage is also provided.

Road access to the site is from the existing Foundry Estate entrance to the south west of the site. A landscaping scheme is in place to improve the visual amenity of the site including soft landscaping around the boundary of the site.

The store is part of the company’s ongoing £1.3bn expansion and regeneration plans across Great Britain and marks the first store in Mid Devon. It is a major new investment in Tiverton town, positively contributing to the town’s economy and employment as well as enhancing the existing retail offer.

Image credits: Lewis Clark Geograph Britain and Ireland / One Design Architectural Services


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