Insights on Gyoury Self and recent company activities.

Artists impression of Graylingwell Chapel project

Graylingwell Chapel, Chichester

We are delighted to be working with Chichester Community Development Trust on an exciting project to renovate and extend the Graylingwell Chapel as a community hub for local residents.

The Grade II listed building once formed part of the Graylingwell Hospital, which was originally opened in 1897 as the West Sussex County Asylum. When the hospital closed in 2001, the extensive 15.6 ha site was transformed into the Graylingwell Park residential development, and the chapel remains the only original building accessible to the public.

Following many years of careful planning, fund-raising and public consultation, the CCDT can now progress this unique project which will both preserve the chapel building and create a multi-purpose venue that will provide community-focussed activities in keeping with the site’s heritage.

Artists impression of Graylingwell Chapel interior

Work will involve restoration of the existing chapel to create a large open-plan space for music performances, events and activities for local residents and visitors of all ages.

In the aisles alongside the main space, the history of the original Graylingwell Hospital will be brought to life through a display of archival images, photographs, hospital records and objects, as well as contemporary oral testimony.

An extension to the chapel will house a new café with southerly views across an attractive green space.

Two new pavilion buildings will provide additional meeting spaces and venues for hire.

Gyoury Self has been appointed to provide full structural and civil engineering services for the project. We will be working alongside SMD Construction Consultancy and Adam Richards Architects as part of the main design team.

The detailed design stage is about to get underway and the project is due for completion in spring 2021.


The choice of the former hospital chapel building as the site for these facilities is a wonderful opportunity to create a heritage asset for community use – one that restores and cherishes a listed building and that tells the stories of people who have often been placed outside the community. Telling the stories of its patients and staff offers an opportunity to address the stigma that is still sometimes associated with mental health issues.

Clare de Bathe, Director of CCDT


For full details of the project and proposed facilities for the local community, visit the Graylingwell Chapel website >

Image credits: Chichester Community Development Trust / Adam Richards Architects


Do you need engineering input on a development project?

Whatever stage your project is at, please feel free to contact us to find out how we can help. We pride ourselves on offering cost-effective engineering solutions and our team is friendly, professional and approachable.


Share this story …

Photo of completed property

Residential Development, Saltdean

Construction is now complete at our new build development project at Ashurst Avenue in Saltdean, East Sussex.

Photo of retaining wallCommissioned by property developers Chadwick Homes Limited, the two storey development comprises four high-quality, 2-bedroom flats with allocated parking and amenity space on a site to the east of the village.

Designed by Thornton Architecture + Design, the building is of panelised timber frame construction, with brickwork and tile hung blockwork cladding to provide projection from the marine environment.

Due to the nature of the steeply sloping site a reinforced concrete raft and retaining walls were employed to support the building superstructure and retain the surround ground levels

The apartments at Ashurst Avenue properties are now available on the open market.


Do you need engineering for a residential project?

Whatever stage you at, please Contact Us if you need engineering input for your residential project. A member of our friendly and approachable engineering team will be happy to help.

Photo of new study space

IDS Study Space, University of Sussex

A recently completed renovation project at the University of Sussex will provide 100 new study spaces within the main Library.

In response to student feedback, two areas previously occupied by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and John Smith’s bookshop have been redeveloped to create an area for quiet study.

The remodelled space features individual and group study facilities, height-adjustable desks, power outlets, recharging stations and extra toilets. A second courtyard also provides an area for outdoor study.

Gyoury Self was commissioned by Cheesmur Builders to provide Structural and Civil Engineering work for the provision of foul drainage, foundations for new plant and alterations to an existing steel walkway.

The new study space is now open and has been well received by UoS staff and students alike.

In recent years, we have undertaken a number of projects at the Falmer Campus for the University of Sussex; including engineering of the eye-catching Jubilee Car Park which was completed late last year.


Do you need engineering services for an education project?

We have a wealth of experience when it comes to delivering education projects, so please feel to contact us to discuss your needs with one of our engineers. You can also visit our Commercial Services and Projects pages to find out more about our engineering services and view project case studies.


Share …

Image of industrial unit roofing

Cordek Industrial Units, Horsham

Work has now been completed on a series of new industrial units for Cordek Limited in Slinfold, West Sussex.

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

A full project case study is now available to view online, please click here.


Do you need structural engineering for an industrial project?

Please contact us to speak with a member of our qualified and friendly engineering team.

Share this story …

Acoustic enclosure for metal work yard

Industrial Acoustic Enclosure, Sussex

Gyoury Self provided full structural and civil engineering services for a new open sided acoustic enclosure at the Austin Divall steel fabrication site in Ford, West Sussex.

We produced detailed designs for the new steel framed enclosure which Austin Divall fabricated on site at the Rudfield Industrial Estate. The enclosure adjoins their existing steel fabrication workshop and is designed to reduce the noise breakout to the adjacent residential properties.

This is the second round of works we have delivered for Austin Divall, as the site underwent significant redevelopment in 2009. On that occasion we provided structural and civil engineering designs for an extension to the original workshops which effectively doubled the size of the company’s steel working operations. The original expansion works included new office and painting facilities.

The latest works were undertaken alongside ECE Architecture and Pilbeam Construction.

Image credits: Austin Divall, Gyoury Self


Do you need structural engineering for your commercial project?

You can find more information about our professional services on our Commercial Services page. Alternatively, just contact us and have a chat with a member of our engineering team.

3D rendered image of The Studio

New Build Office Studio, East Sussex

We are currently preparing engineering designs for a new multi-purpose studio building in East Sussex.

Designed by MHD Architects, the two-storey building will provide studio space for Pfeiffer Design, an interior design company which currently operates its existing head office on site.

3D Revit Model of Studio BuildingAs the new build is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the exterior design of the building will be in keeping with the traditional style of the adjacent residential property, and will have a ‘barn type’ appearance when viewed from outside.

In contrast, the interior is a contemporary open-plan design featuring an exposed steel-frame structure, including steel trusses over the double height spaces. In the centre is a mezzanine floor, with a perimeter glass balustrade.

The superstructure has been designed with free spans to clear span over the ground and mezzanine levels to allow full flexibility within the internal spaces, for example when floor space is required to create an event area.

The superstructure is stabilised and supported by a steel ‘sway’ frame, with columns bolted down to a series of plinths, so the base plates can be viewed as part of the ground floor finishes. The frame is supported on a reinforced concrete raft foundation with waterproof concrete retaining walls on two side. All structural elements have been modelled in Revit, to ensure their accurate coordination.

Engineering Challenges

Due to the sloping nature of the site, the building will be partially set into the bank, with the kitchen area set below a paved, upper terrace. In addition an existing flint boundary wall has to be maintained when the building is sunk into the ground only 200mm away from it. Stability of the excavation face and therefore the wall, during the works, will be maintained by the contractor using a system of interlocking trench sheets and diagonal props.

The project is currently ongoing and due for completion later this year.

Image Credits: Pfeiffer Design, MHD Architects, Gyoury Self


Do you need structural engineering for a bespoke office or studio building?

Please feel to contact us to discuss your proposed project. A member of our friendly, approachable engineering team will be happy to give advice and provide a free no obligation estimate for the work involved.

Share this story …

Photo of completed kitchen/diner

Property Improvement, Hove

It’s always great to be involved in residential projects which transform the client’s home environment. We engineer a great number of home improvements in the local areas around Sussex and Hampshire, and this is an example of a classic ‘knock though’ project recently completed at a 1930’s house in Hove.

A knock through basically involves removing a dividing wall between two rooms. In this case, the client wanted to connect the existing kitchen and dining room together to create a bright, modern open-plan kitchen/dining area.

People often wonder if a structural engineer needs to be involved when an internal wall is being removed. In this case, our input was essential as the wall to be removed included a large chimney breast, and a steel frame had to be inserted at first floor level to support what remained of the chimney above.

We provided all the necessary drawing and calculations required to obtain building regulations approval and the work was undertaken by Goodwin & Tucker; a building firm based at Burgess Hill in West Sussex. The builders did an excellent job and the client was very happy with their new light and airy living/dining space.


Do you require engineering for your home improvement project?

If you are looking to knock through or extend your property, please free to contact us and have a chat with a member of our friendly, approachable engineering team. We have a 100% success rate for Building Regulations Applications and we are always happy to provide a free, no obligation quote.

You can find more information about how we can help on our Residential Services pages. You can also find answers to commonly asked questions about structural engineering and home improvements on our FAQS page.


Share this page …

Day and Night Opening Event

Sealife Brighton ‘Day & Night’

It was our great pleasure to attend the official preview of the new Day & Night ocean display at Sealife Brighton. The opening of this new attraction marks the end of a £4 million full site restoration scheme that has been ongoing since 2012.

The display features a huge tunnel for visitors to walk through, surrounded by sea creatures swimming all around them. Designed to give a 24-hour experience of the ocean, the journey starts in a daylight environment, before transitioning into a night time setting further along the tunnel.

The massive ocean tank contains 700,000 litres of water, which was transported to the aquarium from Hove Lagoon. A large viewing window is also available for visitors to get a framed view of the underwater seascape, which is now home to sea life ranging from Nurse Sharks and turtles to tropical fish, such as Sweetlips, Butterfly Fish and Clown Triggerfish.

The new ‘Day & Night’ display was officially opened to the public at the end of May and the display is the first of its kind in the UK.

Gyoury Self is proud to have provided structural engineering for all aspects of the extensive and complex restoration and refurbishment scheme at Sealife Brighton, which was programmed to be undertaken in four key phases spanning the past seven years.

Congratulations to Max Leviston and the Sealife Brighton team for successfully managing the delivery of this ambitious refurbishment which has transformed the world’s oldest operating aquarium into a state-of-the-art seafront attraction. It has been a pleasure to work with you!

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

For full details of our structural repairs and renovations services, visit our Structural Solutions page.

Image credits: Merlin Entertainments


Share this story ..

Artists impression of Lidl Coleford

Coleford Lidl, Gloucestershire

Our latest retail project will provide a new centrally-located Lidl supermarket on Lord’s Hill in Coleford, Gloucestershire.

As the main contractor, Soldi Construction has appointed Goury Self to provide full structural and civil engineering design services alongside project architects Roberts Limbrick. Soldi has already successfully delivered a number of Lidl stores across the South of England since 2014.

3D Revit Model of new LidlThe new Coleford Lidl will have a 1,129 square metre sales area, and feature facilities including a bakery and customer toilets.
A new car park will be incorporated into the site, providing 76 spaces including five disabled and eight parent/toddler spaces, and parking for bicycles.

The branch represents a multi-million pound investment in the market town and will provide employment for a staff of 40 people, made up of 15 full-time and 25 part-time employees.

During public consultation, Coleford residents responded favourably to the prospect of a centrally-located budget supermarket and the planning application gained the full approval of councillors on the Forest of Dean District Council planning committee.

The project is now under construction and is due for completion later this year. If you wish to stay informed about project updates, you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Image credits: Lidl UK


Do you need engineering consultancy for a retail project?

We have a great deal of inexperience in providing structural and civil engineering for retail projects. Why not explore some of  Our Projects or simply Contact Us to discuss your plans with one of our senior engineers.


Share this story …

Artists impression of new house

Bespoke New Build Home, Surrey

We are delighted to be working alongside Hunter Price Architects on a new build residential project located in Surrey.

The project involves demolition of an existing 1930’s detached house and stables to make way for a new part single storey, part 2-storey, detached dwelling with an integral garage.

Gyoury Self is providing full structural engineering design services for the project.   Construction is being undertaken by Epsom Builders Ltd.

The new build property is of traditional construction on a strip foundation with beam and block floor. The roof is steel framed with timber trusses.  The building design is completely wheelchair friendly and includes access ramps and a lift between floors in the two-storey section of the building.

Construction is in full swing on site and the project is due for completion later this year.

We will be sharing project updates via our social media channels. Follow us via the social icons below for our latest news and project updates.


Do you need engineering input for your residential new build project?

We would love to get involved with your planned project.  Please Contact us to discuss your plans and get a project quote from a member of our friendly, professional engineering team.


Share this story …