Alex Tillman and Abanoub Assad

New Graduate Structural Engineers

Graduate engineers Alex Tillman and Abanoub Assad are the latest recruits to join our Brighton and Hove engineering team.

Currently gaining a good all round grounding in structural engineering, Alex and Abanoub are putting into practice the knowledge they have obtained through university and working experience.

Alex is a recent civil engineering graduate of Brighton University with an interest in geotechnics. He joins us having gained some experience in structural design and site investigation management at the London offices of Pell Frishmann.

He is currently developing his structural design abilities – from honing hand calculation skills to developing a deeper knowledge of the engineering software applications we use on daily basis, such as MasterSeries and Revit. Alex is currently working on the preliminary designs for a development of 95 new residential properties in Barnham, West Sussex.

Since graduating from the University of East London with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, Abanoub has gained solid experience working as an engineering technician with HOP Consulting (Hemsley Orrell Partnership) in Hove. Having worked on a wide variety of project types – from education and medical to residential and commercial – he is now working towards becoming a fully qualified Structural Engineer.

As an experienced user of structural engineering software applications, Abanoub’s abilities fit perfectly with our objective of producing engineering teams that are capable of producing their own designs in Revit on a day-to-day basis.

Abanoub and Alex are gaining broad experience of our business and activities, as well as hands-on experience of working on a wide range of structural and civil engineering projects for residential and commercial clients. They will also have the opportunity to progress to Chartered status under the guidance of qualified members of our engineering team.

During their time as Graduate Structural Engineers with Gyoury Self, Alex and Abanoub will undergo a range of learning experiences that will provide the ideal blend of personal and professional development. We are delighted to have them join us and look forward to helping them progress to fully fledged Structural Engineers.

Rick Potterton, Managing Partner


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Hobbs Cottage property extension

Building extension, West Sussex

Our latest heritage building extension project at Hobbs Cottage will add a modern twist to this Grade II listed property in Pycombe West Sussex.

The cottage itself is a detached 17th century 2-storey dwelling located within the Countryside Area of Development Restraint and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), so the project has been subject to strict planning and development controls.

Working alongside DD Architects, a conservation architecture practice based in Brighton, we have engineered sympathetic designs for the extension of an existing garage adjacent to the cottage.

Hobbs CottageThe proposal is to mirror the existing garage to create two gable-ended buildings connected by a central glass structure. The new two-storey extension will feature a glass staircase and standing seam metal cladding.

By maintaining the original garage design, the new building fits harmoniously with the existing property. The lightweight glazed link also helps prevent the newly extended dwelling from overpowering the main heritage building.

The Gyoury Self Sussex team is providing full structural and civil engineering services for the Hobbs Cottage extension project, which is due to start on site shortly.

Image credits: DD Architects, Simon Carey


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Artists impression of St. Bede's main block

St. Bede’s School Extensions

We have been contracted by Morgan Sindall to provide structural and civil engineering for extension and refurbishment works at St. Bede’s School in Redhill, Surrey.

Artists impression of extended art block at St. BedesWorks will include construction of a new 3-storey extension to the main teaching block, incorporating eight new classrooms and three science laboratories. The existing Arts Block will also be extended to include enhanced music facilities and classrooms for IT and business studies.

Internal adaptations include two new technology workshops. The dining area will also be enlarged and a new entrance will be constructed next to the main hall.

Artists impression of new reception entranceEngineering challenges will include addressing underlying clay and groundwater issues with regards to the foundations. In addition, as it is not possible to use a soakaway system for disposal of surface water, a groundwater management system with attenuation tank and pumping chamber will be required.

Building work is due to commence in October 2017 with the new facilities ready to open in Spring 2019.

Image credits: Jacobs


Artists impression of new Kings and West Blatch Schools

Kings and West Blatchington Schools

Work has commenced on a much-awaited ‘dual school’ project being developed on the existing site of West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School in Hove, East Sussex.

West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School is to be rebuilt. The modern unified building will replace the existing collection of temporary buildings and will enable the school to be truly inclusive, with all year groups, including the nursery and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) unit, housed under the same roof.

Designed by HKS Architects, the building will house a dedicated music room, a music practice room, fully equipped cookery room, ICT suite, sports hall and performance hall. A library will sit at the heart of the school on each floor.

A new school will be built alongside the new West Blatchington School to provide a permanent home for King’s School, a Church of England free school currently based in Portslade.

Ground breaking ceremony at new schoolAssociated sports facilities will include a full-size football pitch, cricket pitch, mini-soccer, tennis courts, athletics track, sports hall and multi-use games areas. The local community will also have access to indoor and outdoor sports facilities. A comprehensive package of sustainable transport measures is being put into place, including extension of existing bus routes to the new school.

Gyoury Self has been contracted by Kier Construction to provide full BIM-enabled structural and civil engineering services across this extensive school development scheme.

On a steeply sloping, both buildings will be constructed on piled foundations. The steel-framed buildings will have pre-cast concrete floors and lightweight stud walls. Roofing will be metal decking.

Site updates will be made available over the coming months via our social channels. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest information.

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Regina Road new housing

Croydon Small Sites Housing

We are currently providing engineering services for an award-winning series of affordable housing projects in Croydon which will go to site later this month.

The four residential housing developments form part of the Small Sites Programme, one of Croydon Council’s initiatives to provide 1,000 high-quality new homes across the borough by 2019.

The Small Sites Programme is being delivered by the council’s own development company Brick by Brick, and the properties will all be constructed on small council-owned infill sites such as old garages, car parks, vacant buildings or infill sites on estates.

The four projects we are working on were all designed by Stitch Architects. Click images below to enlarge.

Gyoury Self has been appointed by the main contractor Osborne to provide designs for building substructures and civil engineering works. The main timber frame and SIPS super structure will be built by Innovaré, Osbourne’s award-winning offsite construction partner company.

The Croydon Small Sites Programme is already garnering interest for its innovative use of in-fill sites. Last year it won the Unbuilt Housing category in the New London Awards. These awards recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital, including both new and proposed projects across all sectors of the built environment, selected by an international expert jury.

Image credits: Brick by Brick, Stitch Architects

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Entrance to air raid shelter

Air Raid Shelter Access, Brighton

We are currently working on an interesting project aimed at improving access to a restored WW2 underground air raid shelter at Downs Junior School in Brighton.

Built in 1939, at what was then the Ditchling Road School, the shelter was designed to provide subterranean protection for up to 300 pupils. It was also used by the local community at night.

In recent years, the shelter has been lovingly restored as a local history museum offering a completely immersive experience using exhibits and interactive features. Most of the items within the museum have been donated by members of the local community, some of whom are former pupils who used the shelter during the war.

Set out as a series of inter-connecting pre-cast slab concrete tunnels approximately 3 metres under the playground, the shelter is one of three at the school and the only one still accessible.

Downs Junior School air raid shelterHowever, access is currently restricted as the shelter can only be reached via a narrow opening and vertical ladder.

Gyoury Self will be providing structural engineering designs for widened access and a new staircase leading down from the school playground. This will greatly improve access to the Take Shelter tours provided to school parties and members of the public wishing to step back in time and experience the spirit of the Blitz.

The school has applied for Lottery funding for the new access to be built and it is hoped that works can commence in the coming months.

Image Credits: Downs Junior School

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Monika Koclega

Monika Koclega joins Gyoury Self

We wish to extend a warm welcome to Monika Koclega, who recently joined our engineering team in Brighton and Hove as a Chartered Structural Engineer

Originally from Poland, Monika honed her engineering skills working with London-based practice Elliott Wood Partnership before moving down to the south coast in 2016.

Experienced in engineering commercial and residential structures, Monika has worked on a number of key international projects, including facade design for the New Oslo National Museum and commercial developments for Metro Bank.

Monika is currently working on structural designs for the St. Bede’s School extension project in Redhill. As an experienced structural engineer with qualifications in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as specialist knowledge of Environmental Protection Geoengineering, she will be sharing her skills and knowledge with our graduate trainee engineers.

Outside of the office, Monika is a keen traveller and has been involved in the organisation of arts and architecture events, including Open City and the Wimbledon International Short Film Festival.

We are absolutely delighted to have Monika join us. As a chartered engineer with such a broad experience in building structures, she is a welcome addition to our Brighton and Hove team. Rick Potterton, Managing Partner

Are you interested in becoming a Gyoury Self Structural Engineer?

We currently have vacancies for Graduate Structural Engineers and Experienced Structural Engineers. For more information, visit our Careers page.


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Structural Engineer job advert

Engineering Job Vacancies

Whether you are an experienced structural engineer or fresh out of university, we would love to hear from you.

We currently have vacancies at our south coast offices for qualified structural engineers and civil engineering graduates. With a competitive job package on offer and great projects in the pipeline .. what are you waiting for!

Find full details of current job vacancies on our Careers page.

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Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen

We are excited to announce our involvement in the Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen – a new cookery school in central Brighton which will encourage people to cook, learn new skills and enjoy food together.

The project is the brainchild of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, a non-profit organisation that has been teaching cookery within the community for almost 10 years.

The kitchen will be built in a large ground-floor space in Community Base, Queens Road as a teaching kitchen and venue for hire. Subsided courses will be offered to people with learning difficulties, on low incomes or with mental health issues.

The initial building work in the Community Kitchen has been funded by the Veolia Environmental Trust and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery with support from the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Works to clear the site got underway just before Christmas with the support of MacConvilles Surveying and building students from Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.

The Gyoury Self Sussex team is providing structural engineering input to the refurbishment works alongside a team of local contractors, including Cheesmur Building Contractors, Crofton Consulting and Claire Potter, an award-winning designer and interior architect. Community Kitchen site at Queens Road

The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership has launched a month-long Kit Out The Kitchen crowdfunding campaign that will run throughout February to raise the final £20,000 necessary to bring the kitchen to life. If you wish to donate to the campaign, visit the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership crowdfunding page >

Works to the shell of the building are scheduled to finish by March, with a view to the kitchen being fitted out during April. We are delighted to be on board with the Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen project and look forward to keeping you posted on progress.

Image credit: Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Are you undertaking a building refurbishment project?  If you need to commission structural and civil engineering work for a building refurbishment or renovation project, contact us and one of our engineering team will be happy to help.

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Kings House Development Plan

Plans for Kings House Hove unveiled

Plans for our latest residential development project on the site of King’s House in Hove have been unveiled to the public.

The plans have been revealed by Mortar Nova Grand Avenue, who bought the Grade II listed building on Hove seafront from Brighton & Hove City Council in October for £26 million.

Proposals for the former Council office building include reverting King’s House, built in the 1870s, back to its original residential use and replacing its 1980s extension and car park with two new buildings, creating a total of around 172 homes.

We have brought together a project team of superb local companies, including architects Crowther Associates, to develop designs that will restore the grandeur of King’s House when it was first built and create quality new buildings that will enhance the townscape in this important location in Hove.

Alan Coleman, co-director of Mortar Nova Grand Avenue

King’s House was originally designed as a terrace of large houses with the Princes Hotel located at its western end fronting Grand Avenue. It is now proposed to reinstate the building to its original intended status in providing high quality residential accommodation throughout the building.

The external facades will be repaired and refurbished with some original features previously lost, such as entrance doors on Queen’s Gardens facing Hove seafront, being reinstated and original style windows and chimney pots re-introduced.

The 1980s extension and glazed link on Grand Avenue will be demolished and two new separate modern apartment buildings are proposed, one fronting Grand Avenue and one in the current rear car park, restoring the Second Avenue street scene.

Local people are invited to share their views on the proposals as well as their ideas for making the scheme as environmentally friendly as possible. The public exhibition will run from Friday 26th January to Saturday 27th January at Cornerstone Community Centre in Hove.

Gyoury Self has been working alongside architects Crowther Associates architects providing engineering advice and drawings as part of the pre-planning consultation process leading up to submission of the planning application later this year.

We are very excited to be involved in this landmark project and look forward to sharing further information as the project progresses.

Image credit: Crowther Associates/Natural PR

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