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:
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 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.
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.