Insights on Gyoury Self and recent company activities.

Bridge Garage under scaffold

Bridge Garage Development

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

We are providing full structural and civil engineering services for the new development, which includes an industrial unit/workshop with ground floor offices at one end. A self-contained residential unit sits over the offices.

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

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 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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Charlie White

Charlie White – Technician in Training

We take pleasure in introducing Charlie White, a young recruit who is undergoing training as a Revit Technician with our Brighton and Hove technical team.

Since joining the Gyoury Self Sussex office in August, Charlie has been learning the fundamentals of structural engineering and developing his general construction knowledge. Already getting to grips with Revit and the concept of working within the BIM environment, he is preparing 3D models and detailing under the guidance of senior technicians and structural engineers.

Prior to joining us, Charlie was working in the computer games industry as a programmer and although it is may seem to be a complete contrast to engineering he is putting his previously learnt skills and experience to good use. This background, good qualifications in maths and physics and a desire to learn new things, has also stood Charlie in good stead for pursuing a career as an engineering technician.

Charlie has not taken the traditional technician route by advancing via AutoCAD and this can be a distinct advantage when learning Revit from scratch, so he is picking up the basics of this complex 4D BIM capable programme very swiftly.

In November Charlie will be undergo a Revit Structural Essentials course with CAD Assist; an authorised Autodesk training centre. The course will enable him to build on his knowledge and help improve accuracy and productivity.

Overall, the course and in-house training with Gyoury Self will take Charlie one step closer to his aim of becoming a fully qualified Revit Technician collaborating with others to produce complex 3D co-ordinated BIM models.

During Charlie’s training he will get the opportunity to attend site visits with more senior team members to experience projects at different stages of construction. Familiarising him with how the industry works as whole will form the basis of his longer term career working with our BIM-enabled technical team.

 

The UK engineering industry is facing a major skills gap and as a forward-thinking company we remain committed to providing training opportunities for young technicians and graduate engineers. Training up new recruits within a fast-paced engineering environment can present substantial challenges but Charlie is showing great potential and we are keen to help him achieve his aim of becoming a fully qualified Revit Technician.  Rick Potterton, Managing Partner

 

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St. Anne's Residential Property, Lingfiled

St. Anne’s Residential, Surrey

We recently provided engineering input on a development of new build residential houses in Surrey for property development company Kempton Homes.

The St. Anne’s residential development is now complete and the properties are currently available for sale. For full details of the project, click here.

 

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Costa Coffee Drive-thru, Slough

Construction has started on our new build Costa Coffee Drive-Thru project at the Slough Retail Park in Berkshire.

We are providing full structural and civil engineering services for the new 1,800 sq. ft drive-thru premises which is located on the corner of Bath Road.

The building will be constructed as a lightweight, single storey, steel framed structure. Construction will be of metal framing to the walls, insulated steel profiled roof, steel framed portal and braced construction for the primary steelwork, mass concrete foundations and a ground bearing concrete floor slab. We recommended early stage ground investigation works, the results of which enabled us to provide a foundation scheme which avoided the need for piling.

The drainage design will utilise a SUDs system for surface water to provide increase capacity to the existing system. The foul drainage is to be connected directly into the adopted sewer, via a Section 106 Agreement, which Gyoury Self has obtained.

We are delighted to be working once again with Faircloth Construction, who is acting as both main contractor and steel fabricator for the project. The main architect and landscape designer is Urban Edge Architecture.

The new Costa Coffee drive-thru forms part of a series of new improvements to the 150,000 sq. ft. retail park, which was acquired in May by specialist commercial property investment manager Orchard Street Investment Management on behalf of St. James’s Place UK. Work is due for completion before the end of the year.

Image credits: Faircloth Construction, Gyoury Self

 

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Joe Willmott

Farewell Joe Willmott (for now!)

This evening we will be giving Joe Willmott a memorable send off as he heads off to finish the last two years of his Masters at Coventry University.

For the past year, Joe, has been working alongside our Sussex team on an industrial placement.

Joe was just 15 years old and preparing to start his GCSE’s when he first contacted us seeking work experience. We were delighted that he went on to pursue a career in structural and civil engineering and very happy to have him back for his year out.

Joe has just spent the past 12-months developing his skills and knowledge and gaining experience under the guidance of our structural engineering team in Brighton and Hove.

During his time with us, he has gained a wide range of supervised experience, working on frames and foundations for large buildings, smaller scale domestic projects, reports and steel connection designs.

Joe also expanded his digital engineering knowledge by learning to design 2D and 3D frames using MasterSeries and Orion. In addition as a Certified Autodesk User, he has also been working with Revit within a BIM environment.

Throughout his placement with Gyoury Self, Joe has proven himself to be an exemplary trainee. Extremely focused and dedicated to developing himself as a structural engineer, Joe has far exceeded all expectations we have for candidates working on an industrial placement.

We have no doubt that Joe will do extremely well in his Masters and we sincerely hope that he will come back in two years’ time to rejoin our team.

 

We will miss him!

Rick Potterton, Managing Partner

 

Plant platform over tanks

Industrial Plant Platform Design

The Gyoury Self Partnership has recently designed a plant platform for an industrial site in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

The site was very constrained, with the platform having to fit between existing buildings on three sides and a nitrogen tanks on the fourth side.

It was also in close proximity to two other nitrogen tanks and an electric generator. In addition, there were extensive below ground services which had to be taken in to account with the foundation design.

Plant platform around nitrogen tankThe buildings and services remained in operation during the construction works, including maintaining fire escape routes that passed through the construction site. Tolerances against existing buildings and plant on site were very tight.

The height of the lower level of the platform, and the clear span of the platform beams, was dictated by an existing goods door which was to remain operational at the completion of the project.

Gyoury Self maintained a close liaison with the Contractor and the Client during the design process to ensure that all the above restrictions were considered at the design stage, including the erection sequence of the steel frame and craneage requirements.

The project was completed on time and on budget.

 

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Naveed Ahmadi

Naveed Ahmadi Joins Gyoury Self

We are delighted to welcome on board, Naveed Ahmadi, who has joined our structural engineering team in Brighton and Hove.

Originally from Afghanistan, Naveed has a rather unique structural engineering heritage. Not only is Naveed’s father a structural engineer, it is a career path that has been followed by both his younger brothers, two uncles and 6 cousins. So you could say structural engineering is in his blood!

Naveed studied in the UK, attending ICP (International College of Portsmouth) in Portsmouth, where he achieved his foundation degree in civil engineering. He then studied civil engineering at the University of Portsmouth.

Following graduation, Naveed worked in an architectural consultancy in Kingston working on steel and timber related structural calculations. During his time there, Naveed liaised with more than twenty local authority building control departments, obtaining a high approval rate.

Naveed is currently working on a number of domestic projects under the guidance of Associate Partner, Paul Grinyer. He also receives support and feedback from colleagues in his engineering team.

Already conversant with TEDS and AutoCAD, Naveed will receive further software training as part of our initiative to ensure all engineers are highly-competent Revit users.

Going forward, Naveed plans to continue his studies towards gaining Chartered status. As a dynamic practice committed to nurturing the career development of young engineers, we look forward to supporting Naveed in his endeavours.

 

I am very happy to have joined the Gyoury Self team in Brighton. There is a great atmosphere in the office. I like the fact that it is very multi-cultural, and everyone is so friendly and helpful. Naveed Ahmadi, Structural Engineer

 

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