Latest news and views from Pro Structures

We have recently completed the structural design for our third agricultural barn to residential dwelling, for Michael Keen and Sons Ltd at Caerwent’s Farm in Gloucestershire. The first such conversion we did for them dates back to shortly after we started PRO Structures in 2008, and the second – the Dutch barn featured below – last year. The current design, by Richard Biddulph Architects, will see a 75 sq m cart shed transformed into a two bedroom dwelling. The conversion of agricultural and office buildings into residential stock has become an interesting niche within our workload, and is something we are always keen to do more of.

We are thrilled to be working with D+B firm BJ Campbell on the design for a new veterinary practice in Thornbury. It is currently being built, and the steel portal frame work has just been completed. The single storey practice will consist of a reception area, waiting room, three consulting rooms, and X-ray room, one surgery, a cattery and kennels, as well as staff facilities.

In an exciting new development for PRO Structures, we are proud to have been appointed to assist Curo, who manage housing stock for B&NES, and UWE’s Estates Department.

Curo, a housing association and house-builder based in Bath, manages over 13,000 homes and is building hundreds of new homes every year. Their range of property includes everything from starter homes to Grade I listed buildings, and we are providing structural assistance to modernise and convert the basements of some of these Georgian listed buildings into rentable flats. It’s a fascinating and challenging scheme for us as we endeavour to enable our client to maximise space internally without compromising the historic nature of the buildings, and we hope this will lead to a long and successful relationship with them.
Meanwhile we are providing UWE’s Estates department with structural advice as they aim to convert existing teaching blocks into new facilities, with high tech requirements such as an IT suite and optometry centre, modernizing and improving their facilities for our age. Exciting times for us as much as for them!

We’re proud to have completed the structural design for 69 new homes for Redrow (SW) in Nupend, near Stroud – around half of which have needed piled foundations due to tree preservation requirements. The new dwellings will be 3-4 bedrooms as well as a statutory amount of affordable homes.

The development is the first phase of a larger scheme, and this current phase will be built during this year and next, helping Redrow in their task to deliver much needed new housing stock in a growth area along the M5 corridor. Once complete, this development of Great Oldbury will be part of a new, wider community including a primary school, health care centre, sports facilities and shopping area. We are proud of our ongoing relationship with Redrow and wish them every success with this venture.

Construction is now complete on a bespoke detached mansion on Southfield Road for Spring Homes on the site of the former tennis courts adjacent to Redmaids School in Westbury on Trym in North Bristol. The beautiful dwelling (below), which boasts five bedrooms and an integrated garage, was designed by Angus Meek Architects and built by contractor B J Campbell (SW) Ltd. PRO Structures provided all the civil and structural engineering designs. Geoff Maspero, MD of Spring Homes, said: ‘I would like to thank you for your help in getting this project designed and built, and we are very pleased with the result.’

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PRO Structures celebrated the new year with an office move, and it’s truly wonderful to have the space to grow – and a properly working kitchen! With thanks to all our clients and suppliers who have helped us get where we are now, and wishing you all good things for 2018. Do come and see us if you are passing and meet the team.

       

We’re not quite sure how it has happened, but we looked at the date and realised PRO Structures has actually been trading for ten years! In that time we have gone from a two-man band operating from a home office to a team of nine, including seven technical staff from students through to directors, plus office management and business services roles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos: Goodbye Harbury Road and socials with the team.

 

We have survived the deepest recession in recent times, and have moved from working primarily on small domestic extensions to volume house-builders such as Redrow; specialist structural glazing design for sporting venues in the south west and mixed-use developments in London; and fascinating bespoke projects including listed building conversions, mosque domes, community centres and changes of use to create apartments out of old office and agricultural buildings.

We will be celebrating our first decade with a move to a fantastic new office suite in Westbury on Trym, where we will be resident from 1st January 2018. The new address is:

53 Westbury Hill, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS9 3AD. All phone numbers and emails will remain the same.

We’d like to thank all our clients and suppliers who have supported us over the years, and we hope to be partnering with you for years to come.

PS If anyone would like to take over our lovely current office at 1 Harbury Road, BS9 4PN, please do get in touch. It’s ideal for 3-4 people.

 

 

Moving On Up

With summer a fading memory, we are now enjoying getting back into the swing of things as we head into autumn. It was a busy summer for PRO Structures, as two new recruits have been settling in, which in turn has made us realise that we need new premises, soon to be confirmed but likely to be in the Golden Hill area off Kellaway Avenue in Horfield, Bristol.

We now have a team of seven, including 6 engineers ranging from students to directors, as well as admin and business services functions. We are delighted to welcome Antonio, who has come to us from Wintech with a background in structural curtain walling design, and Petra, our latest student placement who joins us from assisting Prime Properties. Meanwhile our other student, Martin, will shortly come back from a civil engineering placement in Swaziland as he enters his final year, and Vitalijus and Oliver are going from strength to strength in their career journeys.

On the drawing board – from Anguilla to Caledonian Road

Our work on the 15-storey Royal Wharf/Caledonian Road mixed use development in London for glazing specialist Ridgeway is progressing apace (pictured above), and we are proud to be providing the structural design for the glazed facades. Antonio has particular expertise in this area, which is proving very useful. The building’s curtain walling is currently being erected.

Meanwhile, we are providing the structural design for New Road Jetty in Anguilla in partnership with civil engineers DLN, which is currently at the detailed design phase and will go out to tender for contractors in the autumn and is worth approximately £6m.

Partly funded by the UK Government, DLN is providing crucial engineering consultancy advice for the scheme. This will include a determination of the preferred location for the new jetty, bathymetric surveys and geotechnical investigations, as well as work on the decommissioning of the old jetty.

The original timber Road Bay Jetty was built by British Army Engineers in 1970. This was then extended as a reinforced concrete structure in 1978 and again in 1986. As the only import jetty for containerised goods into Anguilla, Road Bay is of vital strategic and economic importance to the island, which will also have a great deal of work to do in terms of recovering and rebuilding in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Closer to Home
New build and conversion residental schemes

With an ever-increasing portfolio of clients and projects, our south-west workload is always close to our hearts. Driven concrete piling has just finished on a new 5 unit detached two-storey housing development in Congresbury, Bristol, for Creswicke Developments, for which we have undertaken the substructure design.

We are also providing structural engineering assistance to Logan Housing, for a new 23 unit scheme incorporating a degree of social housing, in North Molton, Devon. The scheme will use highly energy-efficient insulated concrete form (ICF) construction and driven piled foundations on part of the site, as there are large areas of historically made-up ground.

Meanwhile, construction is 50% complete on a bespoke mansion worth £500,000 for Spring Homes on the site of the former tennis courts adjacent to Redmaids School in Westbury on Trym in North Bristol, where we are providing engineering design services to the contractor B J Campbell (SW) Ltd.
Structural appraisal for barn conversions – a growing skill base

An area of work which we find ourselves in increasing demand for is providing structural engineering appraisal reports and engineering assistance for the conversion of agricultural barns into new residential or commercial dwellings. One such example is Phase 4 of the former Patrick Pinker Game Farm in Almondsbury, which is being converted to offices; this type of conversion throws up specific challenges which we are increasingly well placed to assist with as our expertise in this area grows.

Hotel knock-through at No 38
Boutique and Breakfast at your service…

Another technically interesting and challenging project on the board at the moment is for Boutique and Breakfast Ltd, where we are providing structural design for the partial conversion of 37 Upper Belgrave Road. This involves a ground to second floor expansion into the existing hotel next door at No 38 (pictured above with No 37 to the right), in order to create more hotel accommodation on the first and second floors, with a larger lobby being created on the ground floor by the knock-through between the buildings. The newly combined basement will also create accommodation and facilities for hotel staff.

This scheme is particularly interesting because the front elevation is listed, so we are working closely with architects Llewellyn Harker as well as the contractor Nelson Developments to addresses any unforeseen design issues as the building’s site strip gets underway, enabling the team to access the original structural elements central to and between the dwellings.

Easton Mosque Complete

Bristol’s biggest mosque now boasts a domed extension in the courtyard of the former church hall where it is based, having commissioned a two-storey extension to cope with growing numbers of worshippers.  PRO Structures was delighted to provide structural superstructure designs along with site inspection services – and we are thrilled with the result.

That’s about it from us – we would just like to wish you a happy and fruitful autumn, and to thank all our clients, colleagues and suppliers for their ongoing trust and support.

We are delighted to welcome our latest student intern, Petra Penkavova, who joins us from UWE where she is studying Architecture and the Built Environment. She has already gained valuable experience with Prime Construction, and a firm called Specialised Design and Build, and brings a variety of skills to the table in addition to those gained during her studies.

Bristol’s biggest mosque now boasts a domed extension in the courtyard of the former church hall where it is based, having commissioned a two-storey extension to cope with growing numbers of worshippers.

PRO Structures was delighted to provide structural superstructure designs along with site inspection services – and we are thrilled with the result.