Insights on Gyoury Self and recent company activities.

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Lidl Tiverton, South Devon

Construction is now underway on a new Lidl supermarket project at The Foundry Estate in Blundell’s Road, Tiverton, Devon.

Gyoury Self has been appointed by main contractor Soldi Construction to provide full Structural and Civil Engineering services for the main food store, as well as associated car parking and services. We have been working on the engineering designs alongside project architects Roberts Limbrick.

Ground Plan IllustrationThe new store will be located to the north of Blundell’s Road with a dedicated delivery bay to the north-east of the main building. The store will extend to 2,125 sqm (Gross Internal Area) with a sales area of 1,325 sqm, including an in-store bakery.  Road access to the site will be from the existing Foundry Estate entrance to the south west of the site.

Provision has been made for 190 parking spaces, including 6 disabled and 8 parent and child spaces near to the store entrance with an electric charging point serving 2 further spaces. Secure cycle storage will also be provided.

A landscaping scheme will improve the visual amenity of the site including soft landscaping around the boundary of the site.

The store will be a major new investment in Tiverton town, positively contributing to the town’s economy and employment as well as enhancing the existing retail offer.

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Do you need a consulting engineer for a retail project?

We provide cost-effective, efficient structural and civil solutions for retail projects across the UK. If you require more information about our structural and civil engineering services, please visit our Commercial Services page or contact us to chat with an engineer to find out how we can help you.


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Coalville Leisure Centre Update

Gyoury Self engineers are still working remotely and one of the projects currently underway is preparatory works for construction of the new Coalville Leisure Centre in North West Leicestershire.

Working with main contractor Metnor Construction, we have been finalising engineering designs for enabling works with the support of sub-contractor Doran Consulting.  The Section 278 designs for the junction with the A511 Stephenson Way and the associated highway bridge over the Grace Dieu Brook giving access onto the site have now been completed and approved by Leicestershire County Council Highway authority.

The bridge is on the critical path, as until it is completed, access for the main contract works is extremely limited.  Therefore to shorten the enabling works contract, the bridge design will utilise pre-cast, pre-stressed bridge beams supplied by Banagher Precast Concrete.  These will be craned into place onto the abutment walls and an insitu concrete topping cast over the top to form the final, composite bridge deck.

Enabling works are due to begin onsite later this month. Metnor Construction has appointed Hannafin as the groundwork contractor.

The £22 million project is being developed by North West Leicestershire District Council in partnership with Everyone Active, a leisure contractor that manages over 200 leisure and cultural centres across England.

For updates on the Coalville Leisure Centre, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Image credits: GT3 Architects, Everyone Active


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Do you need engineering for a Sports and Leisure project?

Gyoury Self has provided structural and civil engineering on projects of every scale, from private swimming pools and spas, to extensive sports facilities and leisure centres. If you are looking to get a project off the ground, please contact us to discuss your plans with a member of our highly experienced engineering team.


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Latest Company Update

Having shifted down a gear from the highest alert level, like many UK businesses, we are starting to look ahead. One thing seems clear – social distancing will remain in force, at least until the end of the year.

Whilst some of the Gyoury Self team continue to work from home, an increasing number are returning to work in our spacious and airy offices. We are particularly delighted to welcome back our younger team members as they gain enormous benefit from working in-house alongside senior engineers. As a dynamic forward-thinking engineering company, an important aspect of business continuity is ensuring that essential learning experiences for our graduate engineers remain on track.

Whether working in-house or remotely, we continue to deliver high quality engineering services for our clients, and we have recently resumed home and site visits where safe social distancing can be observed. We are also positively engaged in developing new business and nurturing pipeline projects. Maintaining momentum is vital for keeping businesses on track and ensuring the industry gets back on its feet as swiftly as possible.


Current Live Projects

Most projects remain live and we continue to work remotely with project partners. So we are still delivering full structural and civil engineering services for new and existing projects. If you have any queries regarding ongoing projects, you can just contact us as normal.


Site Visits

For those sites that have remained open, significant modifications have had to be implemented to ensure safe working practices on site. Until recently, non-essential site visits had been rescheduled but we are now attending live site visits where social distancing measures are in place.


Engineering Design for Pre-Planning/Planning

We are currently engineering several public sector, commercial and domestic projects through various stages of the planning process.  If you have any queries about engineering input on a current application, please get in touch with your designated project engineer – or contact us to talk with a member of the engineering team.

Local Authority Planning and Building Control departments remain in operation and planning submissions are still being made. So please contact us if you require structural or civil engineering calculations and designs for new planning applications.

For full details of our engineering services for commercial and public/private sector clients, click here. To find out more about engineering services for domestic projects, click here.


Tender Submissions and Project Quotes

We have been undertaking tender submissions for project contractors and welcome any new opportunities to quote for pipeline projects. We are keen to maintain momentum but also recognise that the current situation still affords an opportunity to build new business relationships – even if meeting remotely for the first time. So please feel free to get in touch to discuss any potential projects – we are happy to have a chat and provide the necessary engineering input to help get your project off the ground.


Engineering for Residential/Domestic Clients

We are still providing structural and civil engineering services for property development and domestic home improvement projects. These include:

  • Structural Design
  • Structural Calculations
  • Structural Reporting
  • Structural Solutions


Home Visits

Structural inspections and surveys of are an important part of the service we provide to local home owners. We are therefore happy to report that we have resumed engineering inspections of domestic properties where it is safe to do so. Our engineers will be taking special measures to ensure your safety and their own. And if we do need to enter your home, we’ll call you beforehand to talk to you about how we can make our visit as short and safe as possible. Safe social distancing will be observed at all times.

For full details of our engineering services for domestic and residential clients, click here.


Property Conversions and Home Offices

Enforced self-isolation at home and remote working is inspiring many people to consider the benefits of undertaking a property conversion or home office project to expand or improve their living/working environment.  We are happy to provide advice and engineering estimates for such projects. Please visit our Property Conversion page for more details or to download our information booklet. Alternatively, just contact us to speak with an engineer.


Structural Emergencies

If you are experiencing a structural emergency, we can arrange a visit to appraise the issue for reporting purposes and to recommend remedial measures.  Please note that we continue to follow the latest Government guidelines regarding site visits.

If your property conversion or improvement project has been postponed part way through and you have any concerns regarding structural safety, please feel free to contact us for advice.


And finally …

Gyoury Self remains on hand for all your engineering needs, and as a company we are staying positive about what the future holds beyond the current crisis.  We would like to say a big thank you to all our clients, contractors and project partners who continue to work hard to keep the wheels turning.

Stay safe and well everyone!


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Partner Robert Pragnell Retires

It is with great regret but also warm wishes that we say farewell to Gyoury Self Partner Robert Pragnell as he heads off to enjoy his retirement.

A highly-experienced Chartered Structural and Civil Engineer, Rob joined Gyoury Self in 1987 and was promoted to Partner in 2007. The specialisms he brought to the company in his 33 years of service included surveying and carrying out detailed reports for the sympathetic restoration of period and historic buildings.
Robert Pragnell, Partner

Rob also undertook a diverse range of new build/refurbishment projects; from prestigious residential schemes through to industrial parks and hospital extensions.

As head of our Fareham/Portsmouth office, he was responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of the engineering and technical teams.

Although Rob is looking forward to a well-earned retirement and indulging his passion for fast motorcycles, he will continue to be active in higher education projects; including guest lecturing at Portsmouth University and JBM Inspections at other universities.


The past 33 years with Gyoury Self has been an incredible journey. Over the years, I have had the privilege of engineering some memorable client projects. Along the way, I have worked with some great colleagues, contractors and design team members. Throughout my time with Gyoury Self I have watched the company grow from strength to strength. I have no hesitation in handing management of the Fareham office over to fellow partner Richard Ashton. He is an outstanding Structural Engineer and Project Manager, with all the skills and knowledge in place to take the Hampshire operations forward into its next exciting phase.  Robert Pragnell, Partner

It has been a pleasure to have Rob at the helm of the Hampshire office, and we wish him all the very best for his retirement.


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Fareham Leisure Centre Expansion

Planning has been approved for a major expansion and refurbishment project at the Fareham Leisure Centre in Hampshire.

The project is being developed by Fareham Borough Council in partnership with Everyone Active, the UK’s leading operator of local leisure, gym, swim and activities facilities.

The works will expand and modernise the existing centre to increase the range of leisure and health experiences available to the local community. Approximately £6m will be invested in the upgrade to the Fareham Leisure Centre.

Refurbishment and modernisation works will include:

  • A bright and airy 2-storey building extension with windowed elevations.
  • Expansion the ground floor gym area.
  • Creation of a new internal splash pad in the swimming pool area.
  • New reception counter and refurbishment of the foyer area
  • Creation of a new studio space and climbing area on the lower ground floor
  • Conversion of the squash courts in to a soft play area
  • Refurbishment of dry changing rooms and café area
  • Additional parking

Fareham Leisure Centre MapGyoury Self has been involved with the project from its earliest stages, preparing preliminary designs to help develop the cost plan and provide information to support the planning application.

Paragon Building Consultancy has been appointed as project managers and Vincent Stokes is the main contractor. As part of the main design team, Gyoury Self will be working alongside GT3 Architects providing full Structural and Civil Engineering services across this extensive refurbishment project.

Fareham is one of two major community leisure centre projects we are currently working on for Everyone Active. To find out more about the Coalville Leisure Centre project, click here.

You can follow us via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to get the latest project updates.

Image credits: GT3 Architects, Everyone Active


Do you need engineering input on a sports and leisure project?

Gyoury Self provides structural and civil engineering on a wide range of projects – from private gyms and spas, through sports facilities for schools and colleges, to extensive private and public sector leisure centres for local communities. Explore our site to find out more about our cost-effective services, or contact us to find out how we can help get your project off the ground.


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Worthing Integrated Care Centre

Gyoury Self has been working on preliminary designs for the new Worthing Integrated Care Centre in East Sussex.

Commissioned by Worthing Borough Council, the £34m new build centre combines a range of healthcare services and multi-storey car park on a single site. The state-of-the-art centre will sit alongside the town’s key public buildings, including important heritage assets, completing the ‘Civic Quarter’.

Image of Worthing ICCThe building will be home to a broad range of services, including a large GP surgery, mental health services, community services, dentistry, and a new pharmacy.

We were appointed as sub-consultants to the architect, ArchitecturePLB, who have led an extensive consultation process involving multiple, diverse healthcare providers, to ensure the key aspiration for truly collaborative working within an integrated service model is achieved.

We provided Structural and Civil Engineering services up to the end of RIBA Stage 2, assisting Architecture PLB with development of the concept design and final project brief for business case approval.

The Worthing Integrated Care Centre (WICC) project is scheduled for completion in 2022.

Image credits: ArchitecturePLB, Keyframe Visuals

Do you need engineering for a healthcare project?

Gyoury Self has delivered structural and civil engineers services for healthcare sector projects ranging from hospices and care homes, to NHS specialist treatment units and private hospitals. To find out more, please explore our website or contact us to discuss your project with one of our engineers.

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Access Streatham, Site Update

We are delighted to report that good progress continues to be made on site at the Access Self Storage project in Streatham High Road, South London.

The main construction phase for the concrete basement levels is now complete. This includes all lift shafts up to ground floor level, stair core enclosures, columns, perimeter liner wall, ground floor slab, perimeter upstands and the entrance and exit ramps. The temporary retaining wall props have now been removed, and with the ground floor slab in place, erection of the steel frame is now underway.

Photo of new basementInside the newly formed basement area, work continues on the installation of the delta waterproofing membrane and construction of the mezzanine levels will start shortly. Externally, progress is being made with installation of the drainage systems around the building.

Gyoury Self is providing full structural and civil engineering services to the main contractor Harmonix Construction. We are working on the design team alongside Richard Hopkinson Architects.

As might be expected, there has been some general disruption due to the Coronavirus situation, but this has been well managed on site without compromising progress.

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Do you need engineering for a commercial project?

You can find more information on our Commercial Services page or simply Contact Us to discuss your project with a member of our engineering team.


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Clarence Road Residential, Horsham

Construction of our residential development at Clarence Road in Horsham, West Sussex, has been completed and the high-specification homes are now on the market.

Architects drawingCommissioned by Clarence House Developments, the new 3-storey building has been named Dairy Court, as it sits on the site of a former Dairy Crest storage building,

Designed by Crowther Associates Architects, the residential development contains five properties; comprised of three 2-bedroom flats and two 1-bedroom flats with associated amenity spaces.

Gyoury Self provided full structural and civil engineering services for the Dairy Court development.

The build was undertaken by JPS Contractors Ltd and the timber frames were constructed offsite by OFP Timberframes.

Image credits: Clarence House Developments, Crowther Associates Architects


Do you need structural engineering for your residential development?

Gyoury Self can deliver cost-effective structural and civil engineering solutions for your residential project, whatever the scale of the development. Explore our Residential and Commercial services pages for more information, or just contact us to discuss your project with a member of our professional and friendly engineering team.


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