Latest news and views from Pro Structures

Once more PRO Structures sets off on this beautiful, challenging and epic journey to raise money to help patients and their families struggling with cancer.

This year, Luke and Vitali (who valiantly suppressed their need for speed by staying with Jenni on the 65k route last year) will be racing each other in the 100k route – and fully expect to complete it in the same time as Jenni does the 65k one! The 100k route includes a full mile of elevation gain, so this is no mean feat. (The 65k about half a mile).

Last year, so many of you dug deep to support us and we raised just under £300. Here’s hoping we can increase that total this year!

St Peter’s Hospice will benefit directly from all sponsorship and this will enable them to provide more families affected by cancer with more vital services, which range from specialist cancer nurses to counsellors and advisers. All their care is provided free of charge, at a cost of around £22,000 a day. Huge thanks and your support is greatly appreciated.

   We are proud to announce that we have been awarded ‘Best Structural Engineering Consultancy SME – South West England’ in the 2020 Home Builder Awards, proudly hosted for the fourth year by BUILD!

This is for our work on a bespoke detached mansion on Southfield Road, a five-bedroom mansion for Spring Homes, built on the site of the former tennis courts adjacent to Redmaids School in Westbury on Trym in North Bristol. A beautiful open plan, double aspect dwelling which makes full use of natural light and creates a ‘bringing the outside in’ ambience in harmony with the environment, it boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an integrated garage. It was designed by Angus Meek Architectsand built by contractor B J Campbell (SW) Ltd.

PRO Structures provided all the civil and structural engineering designs to create this luxury home. Interesting technical challenges we encountered along the way included the need to design in an 11munderground surface water attenuation tank for Wessex Water SuDs drainage approval, along with the mansard roof bedroom area including a cranked steel framework to create more uninterrupted, column-free living space.

We are delighted to welcome Pierluigi Cipriani to PRO Structures, who joins us with a couple of years’ post-graduate experience in both architecture and structural design, and will be invaluable in helping with the vast amount of work we have on at the moment. Christmas has come early 🙂

With Union House coming up to completion – a disused 1970s office building in Trowbridge where we have used 3D modelling to design a new storey on both the front and rear elevations to create 15 new apartments – we are expanding our BIM capability and are delighted to have been asked to model the natural frequencies of retractable grandstand seating for large venues for Audience Systems (below).

Working for our client Advanced Automotive Access, we have been busy with the structural aluminium mullion and mullion fixing designs to the glazed elevations, as well as the entrance canopy support bracket design, of Gatwick 33 – a new 5,000m2 two storey office/warehouse, for Goya Developments (below left).

Meanwhile, at Black Rock Farm in Lydney, we are working with Biddulph Architects Ltd to provide pre-planning structural appraisal advice for the conversion of historic barns and buildings into residential dwellings, for chartered surveyors Huthwaite Freston Wright (below right).



Almost ready to hand over… we just love the range of work we get to be part of at PRO Structures. Almost finished on site are:

– Fall arrest roof safety structures to keep Bristol Waste’s welders safe while working at altitude, when carrying out maintenance inside the recycling facility building from their recycling trucks (below).
– Chantry Mead Stockwood – we are delighted to have carried out the civil and structural design for a new build development of eight detached and semi-detached homes on this former farm site, for Creswick Developments, for which pre-planning issues are currently being closed out.
– Berth 6 Barbados – following the success of our work on the New Road Bay Jetty in Anguilla, where we carried out structural 3D modelling for all load cases including berthing and earthquake loads, we have been carrying out independent checks on the pre-cast concrete design for this new cargo jetty on the beautiful island of Barbados. (A whole team site visit has not yet been forthcoming…). This comes to us from our long standing collaboration with Bajan civil engineering firm DLN.
– Stonehouse (H21) – 152 new homes for Redrow (SW), currently on site.
– Union House, Trowbridge – conversion of a disused 1970s office block into 15 apartments, designed using BIM and due to complete autumn 2020.
– 31-35 High Street Shirehampton – part change of use and part new build to create 16 new apartments, due to be handed over in January.

We are thrilled to introduce a couple of our latest project in:

– Developing the car park area behind the Bridge Inn in Chepstow to create a pair of new two-bedroom duplex apartments, with a ground floor undercroft plus living accommodation on the 1st and 2nd floors – the living space will be designed in timber frame on piled foundations.

– At Morley House for Freeways Trust in Bristol (pictured below), we are carrying out structural adaptations to refurbish the property, previously a residential care home for adults with learning disabilities.  It will be converted for use as supported living accommodation, which  will involve changing the layout, adjusting floor levels for accessibility and designing in an enclosed staircase. This fascinating scheme is due to start on site in January 2020 and the refurbished facility will house six residents with a learning disability in one bedroom flats.

We are delighted to finally be able to announce that we can now offer a fuller range of services, including M+E design in partnership with King Shaw Associates, as well as more civils capability and BIM. Additionally, for a while now we have been offering change of use along with our mainstream structural capabilities, and as this has become a greater part of our work we thought we would celebrate it by giving it its own page! See below for links to the new pages on our website:

M + E Design

Civil Engineering

3D Modelling

Change of use

Last Saturday, Vitali, Luke and Jenni cycled around 70km across the bridge and into the Wye Valley, in the St Peter’s Hospice Tour de Bristol. It was a great day out; more of a challenge for some than others, and all in a good cause.

Ron said: “I’m really proud of my team for doing this – it is a total privilege to have such committed and dedicated young engineers on board.”

If you’d like to help people coping with cancer, and their families, you can still donate:

Preparing for take off

Whatever happens with the B-word, PRO Structures fully intends to keep serving our community of architects, developers and fellow construction industry professionals.

Structural glazing update 
PRO Structures is delighted to have recently completed design of the structural elements for the large curtain walling elevations of the new 16,200 m2 cargo service centre as part of Heathrow’s Project Ensemble (pictured below, for Ridgeway Glazing); glazed facade design for the new Thatcher’s Cider Factory in Winscombe for The Windowglass Co Ltd; and structural glazing design for the new Peugeot showroom in Maidstone, for Advanced Automotive Access.







Small is beautiful… green oak timber design in Sneyd Park, Bristol
Refurbishment/change of use from garage to dwelling in Julian Road

In contrast to, and every bit as interesting as our large glazing schemes, we recently worked with MLG Architects to carve a green oak timber framed living space out of a garage in Julian Road, Sneyd Park in Clifton, in liaison with specialist timber supplier Westwind Oak.

We designed new foundations, green oak timber trusses and oak column framing, as well as mortice and tenon connections, for this fascinating refurb/change of use scheme. Maintaining the building’s stability with this design, where one side is attached, the other detached and the client wanted as column-free and open a space as possible, was a challenge we were happy to rise to, and the results speak for themselves.










New on the drawing board:
Union House change of use to 15 flats in Trowbridge, and a single-storey steel barn conversion in Bristol

At Union House, a disused 1970s office building in Trowbridge, we are justifying an existing reinforced concrete frame for additional roof extensions in a new build/change of use conversion, using a Masterseries 3D structural model. This scheme, which adds a new storey on both the front and rear elevations, will create 15 new apartments from the original office building.

Meanwhile, we will be converting an agricultural steel barn off Bifield Road in Stockwood, Bristol, into a new single-storey residential building, for Nicholas Morley Architects. To achieve a the build, we are modifying the existing steel frame, via localised strengthening while also strengthening the foundations for the revised scheme.

Below: PRO Structures’ MasterSeries 3D design model showing the front elevation of Union House.








Action Stations – Live on Site

The year has started well for PRO Structures, with numerous new developments on site:

  • Stonehouse Area H21 for Redrow SW – Foundations for the first of these Heritage range of houses are in the ground now, and the show home is being built. We have provided the sub-structure design for 130 new homes in total.
  • 33-35 High Street, Shirehampton – another change of use scheme, plus a new residential apartment block on adjacent land in Pembroke Road. The scheme, for which we are proud to have carried out the structural design, will complete this September, providing 16 new apartments across both buildings.
  • Union House, Trowbridge – Demolition of the existing external masonry cladding, as well as that of the internal load-bearing walls, is nearly complete.
  • Bishopsworth Police Station – Demolition of this former police station has just been completed for our client, Hawkfield Homes. The building’s crushed concrete and masonry will be used as hardcore, which will then be proof rolled to raise the ground levels on which 8 new proposed houses will be built, in a development which will be known as Anton’s Corner.


Launch of the PRO Structures Dream Team!
On April 6th, Vitali, Luke and Jenni will be completing – we hope! – the gruelling 65km Tour de Bristol up the Wye Valley for St Peter’s Hospice. If you’d like to help us to help those battling cancer, you can:

Staff News

We are delighted to announce that on 1st April, a new graduate engineer, Chimdi Iboko, will be joining us. He will be part of our structural design delivery team, and will be working towards his IStructE qualification. We look forward to welcoming him on board.


That’s it from us for this edition – we hope you have enjoyed the read. Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous spring!

Ron and the team