Fox primary School excavation

Fox Primary School extension

Work is underway on the expansion of the Fox Primary School in Kensington. The new extension, which has been commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, will provide an extra 105 much-needed places at this popular school in Central London.

As works are being undertaken at a complex site within a residential area – and in a live school environment – the Fox Primary project requires sensitive handling.

Sited adjacent to a former water reservoir, the existing school building is being extended to the west onto what was an unusable embankment.

Fox Primary sheet pilingHow to excavate the embankment and site boundaries without affecting the structural integrity of the surrounding buildings has been a key challenge for the engineering and construction teams. As this latest site photo shows, the boundaries have now been successfully supported with sheet piling, enabling construction to get underway in earnest.

Extension of the school will provide a range of new facilities, including a full school assembly hall, kitchen and serving area, drama studio, classrooms with direct access to outdoor space, a new teacher training centre and external teaching terraces. This multi-million pound project also includes full refurbishment of the existing school.

The Fox Primary extension is programmed for completion in readiness for the new school intake in September 2016.

Image credit: Galliford Try

Steel Frame Construction

Natures Way Foods extension

Work is now complete on the extension to the Natures Way Foods processing unit in Selsey, West Sussex.

Natures Way Foods is a leading manufacturer of fresh convenience foods, supplying major UK supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. To cope with increasing demand, Gyoury Self was commissioned to design a large, steel frame portal extension to provide additional space for the processing, packaging and distribution of Natures Way produce.

Gyoury Self Fareham provided structural calculations for the steel frame, which has been designed to allow for further expansion of business activities on site.

As clear floor area is at a premium within the extension, walkways and mechanical plant were suspended from the roof structure. Special consideration also needed to be given to the design of the portal frame foundations to ensure that the integrity of adjacent structures was not compromised.

Gyoury Self worked alongside SGC Projects and Curtis Leeves Technical on the new extension project which has now been handed over to the client.


Greenwich Shopping Park extension under construction

Greenwich Retail Park extension

As our latest site photos show, progress is being made on Blackrock’s much anticipated extension to the Greenwich Shopping Park on Bugsby’s Way.

When completed, the new extension will include a pedestrian connection between the Greenwich Shopping Park and Charlton Riverside Retail Park; creating a high-quality retail zone in line with Greenwich Borough Council’s regeneration masterplan for the local area.

Steel frame retail unit under constructionGyoury Self is undertaking all aspects of structural and civil engineering across the retail zone development project, which is being undertaken in phases. The project developers, Cardy Construction, are due to handover the completed retail units to tenants at the end of April 2016, with the stores opening in July.

The extension will give shoppers access to several new retail units, including a flagship 2-floor Matalan store, Starbucks and Frankie & Benny’s, as well as a gym and 54 car parking spaces.

The scheme, which was designed by Ratcliffe Groves Partnership to achieve council sustainability targets, includes photovoltaic lighting, natural daylight and a wildlife-friendly living roof to meet BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standards.

A new public square is to be built at the heart of the site to meet the council’s objective of creating more high-quality open spaces.

Biggleswade Retail Park under construction

Biggleswade Phase 2 underway

Construction work is underway on Phase 2 of the Biggleswade Retail Park project in Bedfordshire.   This is the second stage of an extensive project to redevelop the existing Biggleswade Retail Park into a cohesive 330,000 sq. ft. retail park with improved access and parking.

Structural steel framed building BedfordshireGyoury Self undertook structural design and detailing works for the thirteen steel-framed industrial units currently under various stages of construction, as well as external civil engineering design and detailing works include hard standings for roads and parking areas. Site supervision remains ongoing during construction.

Commissioned by LXB Retail Developments PLC, the £25m re-development project was designed by architects at the Ratcliffe Groves Partnership and is being built by Ellmer Construction.

Phase 1 is now complete and TK Maxx, Matalan, Laura Ashley, Halfords, H&M and Bensons are open for business.

Phase 2 is due for completion in Spring 2016. Major high street stores set to start trading in the newly configured retail park include Marks & Spencer, Next, Boots, Outfit, River Island and New Look. The retail park scheme is expected to create up to 450 new jobs for the area.

Image credits: Ellmer Construction, Gyoury Self