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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 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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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


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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


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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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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.


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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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Cordek Industrial Units, Horsham

Work has now been completed on a series of new industrial units for Cordek Limited in Slinfold, West Sussex.

Gyoury Self worked alongside DHC Architects and Reflex project management on this development, with Brymor Construction being the main contractor.

A full project case study is now available to view online, please click here.


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Industrial Acoustic Enclosure, Sussex

Gyoury Self provided full structural and civil engineering services for a new open sided acoustic enclosure at the Austin Divall steel fabrication site in Ford, West Sussex.

We produced detailed designs for the new steel framed enclosure which Austin Divall fabricated on site at the Rudfield Industrial Estate. The enclosure adjoins their existing steel fabrication workshop and is designed to reduce the noise breakout to the adjacent residential properties.

This is the second round of works we have delivered for Austin Divall, as the site underwent significant redevelopment in 2009. On that occasion we provided structural and civil engineering designs for an extension to the original workshops which effectively doubled the size of the company’s steel working operations. The original expansion works included new office and painting facilities.

The latest works were undertaken alongside ECE Architecture and Pilbeam Construction.

Image credits: Austin Divall, Gyoury Self


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You can find more information about our professional services on our Commercial Services page. Alternatively, just contact us and have a chat with a member of our engineering team.

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New Build Office Studio, East Sussex

We are currently preparing engineering designs for a new multi-purpose studio building in East Sussex.

Designed by MHD Architects, the two-storey building will provide studio space for Pfeiffer Design, an interior design company which currently operates its existing head office on site.

3D Revit Model of Studio BuildingAs the new build is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the exterior design of the building will be in keeping with the traditional style of the adjacent residential property, and will have a ‘barn type’ appearance when viewed from outside.

In contrast, the interior is a contemporary open-plan design featuring an exposed steel-frame structure, including steel trusses over the double height spaces. In the centre is a mezzanine floor, with a perimeter glass balustrade.

The superstructure has been designed with free spans to clear span over the ground and mezzanine levels to allow full flexibility within the internal spaces, for example when floor space is required to create an event area.

The superstructure is stabilised and supported by a steel ‘sway’ frame, with columns bolted down to a series of plinths, so the base plates can be viewed as part of the ground floor finishes. The frame is supported on a reinforced concrete raft foundation with waterproof concrete retaining walls on two side. All structural elements have been modelled in Revit, to ensure their accurate coordination.

Engineering Challenges

Due to the sloping nature of the site, the building will be partially set into the bank, with the kitchen area set below a paved, upper terrace. In addition an existing flint boundary wall has to be maintained when the building is sunk into the ground only 200mm away from it. Stability of the excavation face and therefore the wall, during the works, will be maintained by the contractor using a system of interlocking trench sheets and diagonal props.

The project is currently ongoing and due for completion later this year.

Image Credits: Pfeiffer Design, MHD Architects, Gyoury Self


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Property Improvement, Hove

It’s always great to be involved in residential projects which transform the client’s home environment. We engineer a great number of home improvements in the local areas around Sussex and Hampshire, and this is an example of a classic ‘knock though’ project recently completed at a 1930’s house in Hove.

A knock through basically involves removing a dividing wall between two rooms. In this case, the client wanted to connect the existing kitchen and dining room together to create a bright, modern open-plan kitchen/dining area.

People often wonder if a structural engineer needs to be involved when an internal wall is being removed. In this case, our input was essential as the wall to be removed included a large chimney breast, and a steel frame had to be inserted at first floor level to support what remained of the chimney above.

We provided all the necessary drawing and calculations required to obtain building regulations approval and the work was undertaken by Goodwin & Tucker; a building firm based at Burgess Hill in West Sussex. The builders did an excellent job and the client was very happy with their new light and airy living/dining space.


Do you require engineering for your home improvement project?

If you are looking to knock through or extend your property, please free to contact us and have a chat with a member of our friendly, approachable engineering team. We have a 100% success rate for Building Regulations Applications and we are always happy to provide a free, no obligation quote.

You can find more information about how we can help on our Residential Services pages. You can also find answers to commonly asked questions about structural engineering and home improvements on our FAQS page.


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