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Replacement stone balcony

Listed Building Restoration, Brighton

Structural restoration work to the bay and balcony at a 5-storey Grade II house at 41 Grand Parade is progressing well.

Gyoury Self has acted as Consulting Structural Engineers, providing detailed calculations and designs for the reconstruction works which are currently underway at the distinctive heritage property overlooking the Old Steine in Central Brighton.

Restored parapet and bayThe original segmental bay, which rises through all storeys of the Regency property, was in poor condition and had moved significantly due to the weight of the cast iron and stone balcony it supported at first floor level.

The new works have involved installation of a small but complicated galvanised steel frame between ground and first floors, with beams cantilevering out to provide support to the replacement stone slab balcony.

A timber carcass for the full height of the balcony has also been installed and a render ‘scratch coat’ applied. The first of the new window frames is now in place.

All restoration works are being carried out by building refurbishment specialists Deacon Building Contractors. Contract specification, administration and supervision for the works is being provided by Coppard Giles chartered surveyors.

Our structural services for the restoration project at 41 Grand Parade included:

  • Structural Defects Analysis
  • Structural Reporting
  • Structural Calculations
  • Detailed Designs
  • Schedule of Structural Works

This is the second restoration project we have carried out at Grand Parade in recent months. We provided similar structural engineering services for another five-storey, mid-18th Century, Grade II listed terrace house at 22 Grand Parade.

The heritage property required extensive restoration works to the front bay, balustrade and canopy due to their deteriorated condition and inadequate structural support.


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Front elevation of house

New Residential Housing, Horsham

Rear of properties and gardensConstruction is now complete at our new build residential development at Comptons Lane in Horsham, West Sussex.

An existing house was demolished at the freehold development site to make way for four 4-bedroom detached houses.

Gyoury Self was appointed by Reilly Construction to provide full structural and civil engineering services for the collection of new homes which are located within walking distance of Horsham Station.

Commissioned by County Gate Properties, the family houses at Comptons Gardens are now available on the property market.

Image credits: Reilly Construction


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Haskins Snowhill redevelopment

Haskins Garden Centre, Snowhill

We are pleased to announce that we are providing structural and civil engineering services on the £15m phased redevelopment of the popular Haskins Garden Centre at Snowhill, near East Grinstead in West Sussex.

Phase 1 ground works for the main car park and temporary garden centre, which will keep the site in operation throughout the majority of the redevelopment, are currently underway. These works include underground drainage, installation of the below ground sub-base attenuation and tree pits, as well as the new site entrance Section 278 highway works.

Haskins Snowhill, new entranceThe temporary garden centre will remain in situ until early next year, before making way for the final completed garden centre building, which is due for completion in Spring 2020.

Our engineering works include design of the structural foundations, below ground drainage and external works.

We will be working alongside Barnwood Construction and architects Roberts Limbrick throughout this redevelopment project which will expand the centre footprint by 20 per cent and create 70 new jobs in the local area.

Located on an 8 acre site, the revamped garden centre will be 11,800 sqm when completed. Improved facilities will include a 440 seat customer restaurant with outdoor terrace, a new large covered outdoor sales area, and a new car park with 346 parking spaces.

“We are absolutely delighted to be on track with the £15m redevelopment programme. Whilst it is a long-term investment, we’re confident that it will secure the garden centre for our customers for many years and be a good investment for our business.”

Julian Winfield, chief executive of Haskins Garden Centres

Image credits: Roberts Limbrick architects


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Scene of HSBC Alton ram raid

Structural Damage Emergency

Engineers at our Fareham office were recently faced with an unusual structural damage emergency following a ‘ram raid’ at the HSBC Bank on the High Street in Alton, Hampshire.

Structural daamage to HSBC AltonThe thieves used a stolen JCB Telehandler to punch a hole in the wall and remove the bank’s ATM cash machine in the early hours of the morning.

Significant structural damage was caused to the listed building and a large amount of masonry and debris was strewn around the surrounding area.

Following a phone call early the next day, we attended the site immediately to assess the damage and advise on temporary propping and shoring works to enable contractors to make the building safe and get clearing up underway.

Our staff liaised with Hampshire Police, HSBC staff and contractors to ensure that the works were carried out in a safe and timely manner.

“It has been quite a challenge to secure the branch and get it up and running so quickly, and it has meant a number of people working hard over the weekend to ensure we can continue to serve the community. They have been amazing.”  HSBC Bank 

 Two people were later arrested in connection with the incident.

Image credit: Get Surrey


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Viewing window installation

SEA LIFE Brighton Phase 4

Headway is being made on the latest round of restoration works set to transform the main ocean display area at SEA LIFE Brighton.

The revamp is the fourth and final stage of an extensive £4m refurbishment programme commissioned by Merlin Entertainments PLC. Gyoury Self has provided professional structural engineering services across the entire restoration scheme which started in 2012.

Current works include structural concrete repairs and steelwork repairs required to restore damage from corrosion caused by the salt water environment in the ocean display area.

Temporary closure of this area has provided the opportunity to upgrade the main ocean tank and auditorium, including installation of a 5m long viewing window at ground level and a new glass balustrade around the upper edge of the tank.

Structural works are also being undertaken to accommodate redevelopment of the neighbouring Aquarium Terraces site which is due to be redeveloped by Soho House into a new private members club.

Exposed steel corrosionAs with previous restoration works at this popular Grade II heritage sealife centre, we have been working alongside Barwin Property Services Ltd and Osbornes Architects. Specialist aquatic theming services for the ocean display area are being provided by Nautilus Creative Services.

The works are currently progressing well and SEALIFE Brighton is on track to be fully operational again by spring – a precise reopening date is due to be announced by the attraction promoters in the coming months.

To read about the full refurbishment programme at SEA LIFE Brighton, click here.

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Piries Place Car Park exterior

Piries Place Car Park, Horsham

Our latest car park engineering project is now on site at Piries Place in Horsham town centre, West Sussex.

Commissioned by Horsham District Council, the distinctive new 4 deck, multi-storey car park, will replace an existing one on the same site.

Parking capacity will be increased by over one third and spaces will be wider and more easily accessible than the existing ones; significantly improving the customer experience.

Piries Car Park upper deckAs part of the design team lead by Kier Construction Southern, we have been appointed to provide full structural and civil engineering services on the £8m Piries Place car park redevelopment project.

Designed by HNW Architects, the sleek new car park will feature perforated ‘tree patterned’ bronze effect cladding. A green living wall will provide focus to the primary circulation core.

Construction of the car park forms part of a major redevelopment plan for the main retail and leisure area in Horsham. The extensive multi-million-pound scheme will regenerate the existing shopping area and will introduce a new 3-screen Everyman cinema and Premier Inn hotel to the town centre.

We will be posting regular updates on project progress at Piries Place. If you wish to get the latest information, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Image credits: HNW Architects


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Bridge Garage under scaffold

Bridge Garage Development

Construction is now well underway at the Bridge Garage mixed use development in Cowfold, West Sussex.

The new development was commissioned by Clark Lifting, a supplier of heavy lifting equipment to the construction industry, and the buildings will replace a smaller workshop that the company has now outgrown.

We are providing full structural and civil engineering services for the new development which was designed by Caldotec Architectural Design. Great progress has already been made on the new development, which combines an industrial unit/workshop and ground floor offices with a self-contained residential unit above.

The structure is a portal frame, supporting lightweight composite cladding to the roof and workshop walls. The front section has masonry cavity walls with external brickwork cladding.

Steel frame under constructionThe first floor consists of steel beams and columns supporting a reinforced concrete composite floor deck. The main east elevation includes large industrial doors and the building has a gantry crane to the full workshop area.

Throughout design and construction, great care has been given to preserving the integrity of existing properties that are situated adjacent to the new development at a significantly higher level.

A new reinforced concrete blockwork retaining wall has been constructed and particular attention has been paid to the sequencing of works to safeguard the stability of any adjacent structures.

The project is progressing well and is on track to be handed over to the client next Spring.


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Thunderer interior

Thunderer Workshop Opens

We are very proud to have provided full structural engineering services for an extensive new workshop facility which will make a significant contribution to closing the engineering skills gap in Portsmouth and surrounding areas.

The Royal Navy and BAE Systems officially unveiled their new Thunderer Workshop for training engineering apprentices at Portsmouth Naval Base last week. A key focus of the initiative is to provide an increased skilled labour force to meet the naval base’s growing demand for engineers.

Barry Woolley, operations director for warship support, said: ‘The investment in improved facilities will enable enhanced training and support the retention of key skills within ship engineering. We will maximise the benefits and opportunities that this new development provides in support of the naval base mission – getting ships to sea on time, to cost and in the right condition.’

Opening the new Thunderer Workshop facility was Rear Admiral Richard Thompson, chief of naval engineering.

Admiral Thompson said: ‘The UK as a whole has a shortage of engineers and the navy is vying for their services. This is a phenomenal facility for apprentices to train. We need to get people form all different backgrounds interested in learning STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and the potential of engineering as a career. The navy has a pivotal role to play in this.’

‘We will soon have two aircraft carriers arriving in Portsmouth and for the first time in 30 years the navy is growing in size. It is important we have a base fit to support this,’ added Naval Base Commander, Jim Higham.

Commodore Higham also explained that the increased efficiency of the new facility could potentially save up to £1m a year.

The £10.3m investment included £2.5m from BAE Systems, £1.8m from Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, with the remaining finance provided by the Ministry of Defence.

LEP director Rachael Randall said: ‘Engineering is a known area of skill shortage and we are very keen to improve the situation locally.’

‘I am glad to see the country has woken up to the fact we need apprentices once again,’ added Admiral Thompson.

Engineering apprentices in trainingThe new workshop was built on the site of a former steel production hall and has taken three years to complete. Covering an area of 13,000 square metres and 153 metres in length, the workshop allows engineering apprentices to train with some of the industry’s most advanced machinery. Apprentices have the opportunity to develop skills such as sheet metal work, mechanical fitting and pipe work.

Operations lead for workshops, Steven Anderson, said: ‘This is a massive improvement. The workshop is bright, clean and includes all the latest equipment. It is an environment in which people want to come and work. It is important to attract new apprentices as with two carriers coming down, additional skilled people will be required.’

Engineering apprentice, Sophie Stewart, added: ‘Compared to the old workshop the equipment is much better. We now have a water jetter which can be used for cutting.’

In addition to training new engineers, the navy also hope to use the facility to generate additional income.

‘What excites me is the potential for future commercial opportunities. The marine industry is a big part of Portsmouth and there is the opportunity to work with outside contractors to increase revenue,’ explained Commodore Higham.

‘This is a hugely important development which secures the future of Portsmouth Dockyard for the next 50 years,’ added Admiral Thompson.

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Steelframe under construction

Cordek Industrial Units, Horsham

The two new industrial steel portal framed buildings that we are working on for Cordek in Slinfold, West Sussex are progressing well.

Unit 7Unit 7 is nearing completion and Unit 3 foundations are complete with the steel frame ready for erection shortly.

The two buildings are to house Cordek’s expanding manufacturing output for their innovative construction products.

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


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Sculpture by Adam Harris

Wharf Road Wildflower Sculpture

Local residents and visitors to Hove seafront will soon be able to enjoy an eye-catching new sculptural installation that we recently engineered.

The sculpture, which was designed by Adam Harris from designer/maker company Millimetre, will be integrated into an embankment on Wharf Road opposite Hove Lagoon.

The new public artwork has been commissioned by Brighton & Hove Council to artistically and environmentally enhance the chalk bank, which forms part of a network of green corridors and stepping stones for wildlife within the Shoreham Harbour Regeneration Area.

The sculpture forms a framework of curved mild steel poles and wires which will encourage the growth of creeping plants within a meadow of wild flowers to create habitat for pollinators.

Engineers at the Gyoury Self Brighton and Hove office designed the sculpture’s framing and anchor points to resist tension force in stainless steel cables. This work involved complex hand calculations and one of the key project challenges was working around a large gas mains which crosses through the site.

We have been working closely on this unique art project with designer Adam Harris, who has also been tasked with the fabrication and installation of the new work. The sculpture will be in safe hands as Millimetre have been involved in the installation of major art projects such as Grayson Perry’s A House for Essex and The Room for London at the Southbank.

The Wharf Road Sculpture is due for completion at the end of November. Planting will then take place during the spring of next year with the help of pupils from a local primary school as part of a Brighton and Hove Environmental Education project.

We look forward to viewing this unique artistic and environmentally-friendly addition to the Brighton and Hove seafront.

Image credit: Adam Harris/Millimetre


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