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Road Subsidence Works, Sussex

When it comes to civil engineering projects, a key consideration is always how to achieve the most cost-effective solution to suit the client’s budget.

In this case, we were instructed to investigate a concrete, residential estate road from the 1950’s which had fallen into disrepair and partially collapsed. As the road was privately owned by the Residents’ Association, we were keen to put forward a practical and cost-effective remedial solution, rather than one that involved wholescale replacement of the road.

Following an initial investigation, it became clear that the road had not been maintained to the same standard as a public highway and had settled due to consolidation of the backfill material over the foul and surface water drain runs.

In the first instance, we provided advice to the Residents’ Association on likely cause and recommended the best means of repair. As there was some construction expertise amongst the residents, we then produced a combined service plan and generalised repair specifications to allow them to manage the repairs themselves.

The first tranche of repairs in the two worst affected areas (Northeast and Northwest corners), involving replacement of cracked and sunken sections of concrete paving on a new sub-base have already been successfully carried out by West Sussex-based civil engineering company Edburton Contractors Ltd and the residents were very pleased with the results.

 

Concrete Road Repair Gallery

 

Our structural services for this restoration project included:

  • Structural Defects Analysis
  • Structural Reporting
  • Structural Calculations
  • Generic repair details and specifications
  • Ongoing advice during the works

 

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We offer a comprehensive range of structural services for the assessment, analysis and resolution of structural problems on any scale. Contact us to find out how we can help or call T: 01273 414413 to speak directly with one of our engineers.

 

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Shelter Hall Temporary Works

We recently undertook an interesting engineering project which has helped put the finishing touches to the newly restored Shelter Hall building on Brighton Seafront.

Photo of steel cradle at Shelter Hall, BrightonAs the original Victorian facades needed to be replaced, we were called upon by Ross Renovation Limited to devise an engineering solution to facilitate the installation of several tonnes of decorative masonry.

Our engineers provided structural design calculations for a steel frame to carry the travelling jacking beams necessary to manoeuvre and position the impressive carved stonework lintels and Neptune heads that are an integral part of the building structure.

These works form part of the 3rd phase of restoration works of the Victorian façade being carried out by Edburton Contractors.

The new Shelter Hall will be a larger version of the original Shelter Hall, which dates from the 1880s. For the past two years, the Shelter Hall has been undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment as part of a wider investment in the seafront by Brighton and Hove City Council. It will be reopened next summer as a food hall featuring local independent traders.

It is always a pleasure to be involved in projects which help to restore and preserve historic buildings, especially in and around our office locations. We have provided structural engineering input on a number of listed local landmarks including the Grade II listed Sealife Brighton Aquarium and Grade I Marlborough House in Brighton, as well as the Grade II listed Portsmouth Guildhall Bell Tower; home of the famous ‘Pompey Chimes’.

 

Do you need Temporary Works Design for your project?

We undertake temporary works projects of every scale across the UK. To find out more about the services we can provide, please visit our Temporary Works Design page. Or just contact us to discuss your project with one of our engineers.

 

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St. Agnes Church Wellness Centre

The spider cranes have arrived at the St. Agnes Church site in Newtown Road in Hove, where are we engineering a new Wellness Centre for holistic fitness and leisure company Natural Fit.

The spider’s compact size and heavy lifting power is perfect for installing the new steel frame within the confines of the project’s historical church setting.

Once in place, the new steel frame will form the basis of a two floor structure that will house the centre’s bespoke gym, spa, fitness studios and health-inspired café facilities over three storeys.

Spa and pool under constructionWork is well under way on site and the pool and jacuzzi facilities on the ground floor – which really take advantage of the church’s great architecture and ambiance – have now been cast.

Gyoury Self is providing full structural and civil engineering services, including structural design of the steel frame which has been fabricated by Southfield Structural Services. The main contractor on this design and build project is Kent Structures.

When the high calibre wellness centre opens in Spring 2020, it will also offer massage and skin treatments, osteopathy, corrective exercise and other exercise including one-to-one sessions and group classes. This is in keeping with Natural Fit’s ethos which places an emphasis on a holistic approach to health and fitness.

St. Agnes is one of two new facilities housed within interesting historic buildings that we are currently engineering for Natural Fit. Work is already well underway at the second site located in Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells. For details of this project, click here.

 

Do you need engineering for a leisure and fitness project?

We provide structural and civil engineering services on projects ranging from swimming pools and golf club facilities, to school sports halls and large scale community leisure centres. Please feel to contact us to discuss your proposed project with a member of our highly experienced engineering team.

 

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Mildenhall Hub, Suffolk

Construction is well underway on a development project designed to integrate community and public services in Suffolk.

The Mildenhall Hub brings together a new school, a new leisure centre, swimming pool, an NHS health centre, a new library and other public services including a Job Centre, Citizen’s Advice Bureau as well as space for Suffolk Police, West Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council.

We are providing steel connections design services to Nationwide Structures Ltd, the steel frame design and installation specialists appointed to the project by the main contractor R G Carter.

Gyoury Self is responsible for the simple and moment connections, as well as the baseplate design.

The latest engineering design and analysis software – including Tekla Structures, Autodesk Revit and MasterSeries – is being employed and managed within the BIM environment. IDEAStatiCa software is being used for the design and code-check of the more challenging connection designs.

Potential challenges can arise when contractors are working together on a complex technical project from different locations. This has not been an issue as Gyoury Self has extensive experience of working remotely in collaboration with project partners on large scale projects, and the company has the necessary design technology and project management systems in place to minimise and swiftly address any potential problems.

Image credits: R G Carter, Nationwide Structures

 

Do you need structural engineering for a public sector project?

We provide structural engineering design and steel connection design services for public sector projects across the UK. If you are looking to get a project off the ground, please feel free to contact us and speak with one of our engineers. You can also find more information about what we do on our Commercial Services and Steel Connection Design pages.

 

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Coalville Leisure Centre, Leicestershire

We are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for the Coalville Leisure Centre project in North West Leicestershire.

Leisure complex aerial viewThe £22 million state-of-the-art leisure centre project is being developed by North West Leicestershire District Council in partnership with Everyone Active, a sports and leisure company that manages over 190 leisure and cultural centres across the UK.

The project will transform council-owned land off the A511 (Stephenson Way) into a parkland leisure destination, including a trim trail with activity stations. Pedestrian and cycle access will be provided from Hermitage Recreation Ground and Stephenson College.

The centre itself will include:

  • Eight lane, 25-metre main pool and learner pool with moveable floor.
  • 120 station gym, 25 spin cycles and three dance studios.
  • Café with healthy eating options.
  • Eight court sports hall and three squash courts.
  • Changing Places facility accessible from the lobby.
  • 250 car spaces
  • Clip ‘n’ Climb and soft play programmed
  • Sauna, steam and spa pool.

The building will achieve the environmental accreditation BREEAM status, with LED lighting throughout, air source heat pumps, electric car charging points and photovoltaic panels on the roof that will harvest energy from daylight, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the building.

Speaking about the decision, Chairman of Planning Committee, Councillor Nigel Smith said:

The committee agreed that the overarching positive contribution that this new leisure centre will make to health and wellbeing in the district, the exceptional high quality of design and the detailed mitigation for its impact on its surroundings were the main reasons behind the decision to grant planning permission.

 

Paragon Building Consultancy has been appointed as project managers and the main contractor is Metnor Construction. We will also be working alongside GT3 Architects, Envision sustainable building services engineers and OOBE landscape architects as part of the main design team.

We have been involved with the project from its earliest stages, preparing preliminary designs for the building structure, below ground drainage and the bridge across the Grace Dieu Brook to help develop the cost plan and provide for information to support the planning application.

Now that the project has been given the green light, Gyoury Self will be providing full Structural and Civil Engineering services, including those for the and highway bridge over the Grace Dieu brook and Section 278 junction.

Once construction gets underway, the new centre will take around 18 months to build and it is expected to open in late 2021.

Image credits: GT3 Architects, Everyone Active

 

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Do you need a consulting engineer for your sport and leisure project?

You can explore information about our structural and civil engineering work on our Commercial Services pages, or simply Contact Us to discuss your project directly with one of our senior engineers.

 

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Edinburgh St James, Connections

Construction of Edinburgh St James, the city’s premier new retail-led mixed use development is well underway and starting to take shape on the skyline.

We have been working on the project since last year, providing steel connection design work for BHC Ltd; a major structural steelwork design and installation company based in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

As the main steelwork contractor, BHC Ltd. has been commissioned to supply, fabricate and erect over 16, 000 tonnes of steelwork and approximately 110,000m2 of metal decking.

To meet the demands of this extensive re-development project, Gyoury Self has been enlisted to design a wide spectrum of standard and non-standard connection designs; ranging from simple flexible end plate connections, to full end plate connections under extremely high tie forces, as well as many complex connections with a range of angles and section sizes.

The latest design technology and software is being used, including IDEAStatiCa for the design and code-check of the more challenging connection designs.

 

 

When complete, Edinburgh St James will offer 850,000 sq. ft. of prime retail, food and leisure space, as well as a luxury standard W Hotel and 152 private residential apartments.

The retail and leisure element is anticipated to complete in 2020, followed by full scheme completion in 2021.

Image credits: BHC Ltd, Gyoury Self, Edinburgh St James

 

Do you require Steel Connection Design Services?

We provide steel connection design engineering services on projects of every scale across the UK. To find out how we can help please contact us to discuss your project with one of our highly experienced structural engineers. You will also find more information and a project portfolio on our Steel Connection Design Services pages.

 

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Steel Connection Design, Travelodge

Work has now been completed on the design of steelwork connections for a new Travelodge hotel located in Farringdon, London.

This is one of four connection design projects we have worked on this year with Snashall Steelwork Fabrications (SSF) for construction contractor Soldi. These include:

  • New Lidl Coleford supermarket in Gloucestershire. For full details, click here.
  • New Lidl supermarket in Chichester, West Sussex (Soldi/other lead engineers).
  • Exeter University car park extension works (Soldi/other lead engineers).

We have also worked with SSF on steelwork connection designs for a new 45,000 sq ft office building at Basing View in Basingstoke for international pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly.

The new hotel in Farringdon is being built as part of Travelodge’s ongoing UK expansion programme. The group already plans to open 17 new hotels across the UK in 2019, creating more than 350 new jobs and growing its hotel network to 595 locations in the UK, Spain and Ireland.

Image credits: Snashall Steelwork Fabrications

 

Do you need engineering for steelwork connections?

Our professional and friendly engineering team is qualified to provide a full range of connection design services on commercial projects of any scale. Please contact us to talk through your project with one of our engineers, or visit our Steel Connections Design page to see full details of our connection design services and project case studies.

 

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Graylingwell Chapel, Chichester

We are delighted to be working with Chichester Community Development Trust on an exciting project to renovate and extend the Graylingwell Chapel as a community hub for local residents.

The Grade II listed building once formed part of the Graylingwell Hospital, which was originally opened in 1897 as the West Sussex County Asylum. When the hospital closed in 2001, the extensive 15.6 ha site was transformed into the Graylingwell Park residential development, and the chapel remains the only original building accessible to the public.

Following many years of careful planning, fund-raising and public consultation, the CCDT can now progress this unique project which will both preserve the chapel building and create a multi-purpose venue that will provide community-focussed activities in keeping with the site’s heritage.

Artists impression of Graylingwell Chapel interior

Work will involve restoration of the existing chapel to create a large open-plan space for music performances, events and activities for local residents and visitors of all ages.

In the aisles alongside the main space, the history of the original Graylingwell Hospital will be brought to life through a display of archival images, photographs, hospital records and objects, as well as contemporary oral testimony.

An extension to the chapel will house a new café with southerly views across an attractive green space.

Two new pavilion buildings will provide additional meeting spaces and venues for hire.

Gyoury Self has been appointed to provide full structural and civil engineering services for the project. We will be working alongside SMD Construction Consultancy and Adam Richards Architects as part of the main design team.

The detailed design stage is about to get underway and the project is due for completion in spring 2021.

 

The choice of the former hospital chapel building as the site for these facilities is a wonderful opportunity to create a heritage asset for community use – one that restores and cherishes a listed building and that tells the stories of people who have often been placed outside the community. Telling the stories of its patients and staff offers an opportunity to address the stigma that is still sometimes associated with mental health issues.

Clare de Bathe, Director of CCDT

 

For full details of the project and proposed facilities for the local community, visit the Graylingwell Chapel website >

Image credits: Chichester Community Development Trust / Adam Richards Architects

 

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Whatever stage your project is at, please feel free to contact us to find out how we can help. We pride ourselves on offering cost-effective engineering solutions and our team is friendly, professional and approachable.

 

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Residential Development, Saltdean

Construction is now complete at our new build development project at Ashurst Avenue in Saltdean, East Sussex.

Photo of retaining wallCommissioned by property developers Chadwick Homes Limited, the two storey development comprises four high-quality, 2-bedroom flats with allocated parking and amenity space on a site to the east of the village.

Designed by Thornton Architecture + Design, the building is of panelised timber frame construction, with brickwork and tile hung blockwork cladding to provide projection from the marine environment.

Due to the nature of the steeply sloping site a reinforced concrete raft and retaining walls were employed to support the building superstructure and retain the surround ground levels

The apartments at Ashurst Avenue properties are now available on the open market.

 

Do you need engineering for a residential project?

Whatever stage you at, please Contact Us if you need engineering input for your residential project. A member of our friendly and approachable engineering team will be happy to help.

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IDS Study Space, University of Sussex

A recently completed renovation project at the University of Sussex will provide 100 new study spaces within the main Library.

In response to student feedback, two areas previously occupied by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and John Smith’s bookshop have been redeveloped to create an area for quiet study.

The remodelled space features individual and group study facilities, height-adjustable desks, power outlets, recharging stations and extra toilets. A second courtyard also provides an area for outdoor study.

Gyoury Self was commissioned by Cheesmur Builders to provide Structural and Civil Engineering work for the provision of foul drainage, foundations for new plant and alterations to an existing steel walkway.

The new study space is now open and has been well received by UoS staff and students alike.

In recent years, we have undertaken a number of projects at the Falmer Campus for the University of Sussex; including engineering of the eye-catching Jubilee Car Park which was completed late last year.

 

Do you need engineering services for an education project?

We have a wealth of experience when it comes to delivering education projects, so please feel to contact us to discuss your needs with one of our engineers. You can also visit our Commercial Services and Projects pages to find out more about our engineering services and view project case studies.

 

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