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Artists impression of Acer Heights

Acer Heights, Surrey

Acer Heights, our latest residential project for Kempton Homes Southern Ltd is now on site in Purley, Surrey. The design and build project in Riddlesdown Road will replace an existing house with a 3-storey new build block comprising nine high-quality apartments.

The building will primarily be a timber-framed superstructure on a reinforced raft foundation. The feature balconies will be cantilevered on steel framed structures.

Photo of step foundationPart of the works involved excavation of the area of the existing house to provide a formation some 1.8m below existing levels and retaining walls were therefore required along the boundary.

As it is a sloping site, retaining walls are stepped and these have been constructed with a reinforced concrete base and the stem in Stepoc blocks. This cost-effective solution removes the need for shuttering and reduces the amount of concrete to be poured on site.

We are working on the design team alongside architectural consultants DPS Sussex Limited providing full structural and civil engineering services across the project, which is due for completion in Spring 2020.

This is our second design and build project undertaken for Kempton Homes Southern Ltd, an established residential development company based in Surrey. A full project profile for the St. Annes residential housing development in Lingfield Surrey is available to view on our website here.


Do you need engineering for a residential project?

We provide full structural and civil engineering services for residential developments of every size. From bespoke design homes for private individuals, through small to medium developments for property investors and building contractors, to large scale residential schemes for major contractors. To find out how we can help, just contact us to speak to a member of our highly experienced engineering team.


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Access Storage, Streatham High Road

Construction of the basement levels is well underway on a new development project for Access Storage on Streatham High Road in South London.

Photo of basement constructionAn existing building was demolished at the prominent brown field site at Streatham High Road to make way for the new development, which comprises 12,961 sq m of storage space and 619 sq m of offices over 4-storeys, plus two basement levels.

The building will be a steel frame construction on piled foundations and contiguous augered piled retaining walls, with a reinforced concrete ground floor slab. The exterior will be predominantly glass and brick cladding, featuring a living green wall.

The main project contractor is Harmonix Construction, and Gyoury Self has been working alongside Richard Hopkinson Architects providing full structural and civil engineering for the project.

Construction of the basement levels is well underway and the steel frame is currently being fabricated by Nationwide Structures Ltd.


Do you need engineering for a commercial project?

Explore our Commercial Services page for more information or contact us to discuss your project with one of our highly qualified and professional engineers.

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Richard Aston becomes Partner

We are delighted to announce that Richard Aston has been promoted to Partner at Gyoury Self Partnership LLP.

Richard has been with Gyoury Self since 2004 and currently leads the Design Team at our Fareham office in Hampshire. Having worked on a wide variety of projects for many different clients over the years, he is a seasoned professional with excellent engineering skills and experience under his belt.

Although much of his work involves managing projects and liaising with clients, he also remains involved in ‘hands-on’ design input and preparation of structural schemes and calculation packages.

Richard’s notable engineering design projects include the extensive Queen Mary’s Hospital scheme in Roehampton, which involved converting the site into a large residential development, and the Bio Sciences Building for the University of Brighton.

He is currently working on a number of engineering design projects, including a new build extension at the Graylingwell Chapel in Chichester, West Sussex and the new Hythe War Memorial Hospital near Southampton for the NHS.

Richard was already a well experienced engineer when he joined Gyoury Self. He started his career within the public sector, working within the engineering departments of two local authorities in the South of England. He went on to successfully gain his Master’s degree and fully chartered status as a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.


Richard’s combination of engineering experience and project management skills make him an excellent addition to the Gyoury Self partners team. Going forward, we have every confidence he will make a great contribution to the continued growth and development of the company. Rick Potterton, Managing Partner


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Celebrating 40 Years of Engineering

2020 marks the 40th anniversary of Gyoury Self. We are proud to have been providing structural and civil engineering services on UK-wide projects that have helped shape the built environment over the past 40 years.

Throughout the year we will be reflecting on our history, sharing new engineering projects and thanking those who have helped make it all possible.

We have created a gallery featuring some of the most memorable projects completed over the years. From loft conversions and new build family homes, through steel connection design and structural restorations, to design and build of major public and private sector development projects – we’ve done them all!

We will be sharing highlights from our project archives via our social media channels throughout 2020. If you wish to take a trip down memory lane with us, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Our project gallery also serves to celebrate our association with some of the many highly-respected contractors and design partners we have worked with over the years.

Most of our work comes through repeat business and recommendation, and we appreciate that developing and maintaining long-standing relationships is crucial to our success. We will therefore be planning a series of low-key events throughout the year to show our appreciation to our industry associates, both old and new.

We wish to say a big thank you to all the customers and clients we have provided engineering services to since 1980 and we look forward to working with you in the years ahead.

To view our Celebrating 40 Years of Engineering project gallery, click here.


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New Drivepoint Offices, Uckfield

Construction has been completed on a new office block for Drivepoint Contractors, a civil engineering contractor based in Uckfield, East Sussex.

Photo of buildlng at nightThe new 1- 2  storey building replaces the company’s former offices at The Old Dairy site in Sheffield Park.

The building was constructed using a traditional load bearing masonry structure supporting precast concrete at first floor level and a trussed timber roof.

The high-level single storey building was constructed using a braced steel frame. Both sections where supported on piled foundations.

Gyoury Self provided full structural and civil engineering services for the new office block, working alongside building contractors Chalmers & Co and Extended Design Architects.


Do you need engineering services for a commercial development?

Our friendly and professional engineering team is always happy to help. View our Commercial Services page for more information or Contact Us to discuss your project with an engineer.


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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


Do you require a cost-effective solution for a structural issue?

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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Artists impression of Mildenhall Hub

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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Exterior of new leisure centre

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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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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