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PRO Structures would like to extend a warm welcome to our new degree apprentice, Luke Rearden. Luke joins us fresh from obtaining both A’Levels and a BTEC Level 3 in engineering design, and will be studying for a BEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UWE while working with us four days a week.

The degree apprenticeship framework was launched this year by the Government as part of a scheme to take on-the-job learning to a higher level, and we are delighted to be at the forefront of the initiative, by taking on a student who will learn and grow with us over the course of his degree.

Originally from Bath, Luke chose engineering because it can ‘help society as a whole’ – and was attracted to PRO Structures because he relishes the prospect of being part of a small, dedicated team involved in a wide variety of projects.

Whoever said engineers don’t know how to have fun? Team building, PRO Structures style, with a cocktail masterclass at Flipside and a fond farewell to our student engineers Martin and Petra who are moving on to the next stage of their careers. We look forward to welcoming our new student intern and degree apprentice in due course.

(Did you know that the word cocktail came from the way a race horse’s tail would tilt up (a cocked tail) if it was fed ginger to give it a natural buzz before a race? Or that the quintessentially English spirit, gin, is actually Dutch, or that a ‘Mexican Elbow’ is an elaborate kind of elbow-shaped juice squeezer..? Well now you do!)

We’re proud to share five new case studies which are now online, showcasing some of the variety in our recent workload:

  1. A barn conversion to residential at Caerwent’s Farm in Gloucestershire
  2. Structural design for a new commercial jetty on the Caribbean island of Antigua
  3. Structural design services for 69 new homes for Redrow at Great Oldbury near Stonehouse in Gloucestershire
  4. Civil and structural engineering design for a new vet’s practice and car park in Wells
  5. Civil and structural design for a bespoke detached mansion in Bristol on Southfield Road

These represent the variety of work PRO Structures can offer, from volume house-building for developers to bespoke design working closely with architects; from civils to structural, and from a challenging change of use project to convert a disused farm building in the rolling hills of Gloucestershire to a brand new earthquake-proof commercial jetty in the Caribbean!

Enjoy reading more about them and if we can help with anything, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We have sent the following update to all our contacts, and a copy of our revised privacy policy is available on request…

We’re aware you will have had your inbox clogged these last few weeks with emails about GDPR compliance – which is, despite the pain involved for many organisations, a good thing which will help both businesses and individuals to protect their rights and privacy. We touched on it in our last newsletter, and this is just a brief note to let you know that you have the right to see all records of data that we may hold on you, and if desired, to ask us to amend or delete them, as well as the right to unsubscribe from marketing communications at any time.

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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.