Latest news and views from Pro Structures

PRO Structures was delighted to assist Huthwaite Freston Wright with the planning application to convert an existing cowshed into a stunning, and unique, single-storey home.

The building’s steel frame and roof were kept on as an exo-skeleton for the new SIPS panel timber design, which was watertight in its own right.

Glosford Structures Ltd designed and installed the new building, while we designed the foundations and existing steel frame strenghening which was required for this unique dwelling, which provides c 425m2 of floor space.

This was a key project for us – 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 luxury apartments. The upper floors offer their own balcony and far reaching views across Trowbridge and beyond.

With particular detail paid to the quality and finish of each apartment, a new marketing perspective is on offer with this development, formerly known as the Renrod Building.

We would like to congratulate the team at #AngusMeekArchitects and #Freeways on completion of this beautiful project. PRO Structures was privileged to have provided the civil and structural engineering design for both the adaptations and the extension.

Jacinta O’Shea, project manager for Freeways, said: “We are grateful to Ron and his team for their proactive approach, working closely with the team and the contractor, Campbell SW, to resolve issues as they arose during construction. As is so often the case on refurbishment projects, unforeseen issues arose and Pro Structures worked collaboratively to ensure practical, workable solutions.”

Photo courtesy of Angus Meek Architects.
We are sooooo excited! PRO Structures is going to be helping St Helen’s CE Primary School in Alveston to create a…. READING PLANE! The school has a longstanding relationship with Airbus and Bristol’s aviation history, and to commemorate this, a disused aircraft fuselage is going to be stripped out and turned into a school library/reading area, to enthuse the children, and no doubt the staff and parents, about both reading and our local traditions of flying high.
The cockpit and partial fuselage will be supported by steel formers matching the radius of the fuselage, attached to a steel beam which will be then bolted to a concrete base. We literally CAN’T WAIT!

We are thrilled to announce that our work on Antons Corner, Bishopsworth, has been shortlisted for an Insider SW Residential Property award, in the small developments category.

We provided #HawkfieldHomes with the structural design for this superb development of eight family homes on the site of a former police station site, offering spacious accommodation in South Bristol.
Built and finished to the highest of standards using traditional load-bearing masonry, these 3-storey family homes have now been released for sale. The houses have a stepped profile down a slope, so part of our brief was to address site boundary retention to maximise use of the gardens.

The winners will be announced on 9th September 2021.

#SWResiAwards #property #residential #development

Loads of exciting stuff from us!
Check out PRO Structures’ spring update as we move towards a post-Covid world, with news of a 5,000 sq ft office development (change of use from a steel frame agricultural barn); a new Sport England standard sports pavilion for Patchway Town Council to serve a whole new community, connection design for some top London hotels, and much more… #structuraldesign #structuralengineeringservices

Happy New Year! We are delighted – and not a little relieved! – to be able to say that now there is positive news in terms of the Covid vaccine we have all been waiting for, and certainty at least with regard to Brexit, that our order book is filling fast.

One of our exciting schemes to roll in is the conversion/renovation of four warehouses on Quay Street, Haverfordwest, into 9 spacious flats with undercroft ground floor parking.

Meanwhile, Union House – 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 – is coming up to completion – CGI below! Something to celebrate in 2021; keep strong and we will get through this together…

We’re pleased to have added five new case studies to the collection – and indeed, proud of our work on these varied and interesting schemes:

  • Patchway Community Centre – two-storey extension for pre-school and community spaces
  • Beach Road West, Portishead – a beautiful re-imagining of a traditional family home
  • Anton’s Corner, Bishopsworth – eight new homes ready for occupancy
  • The Shant, Kingswood – former pub to make way for ten new homes
  • Morley House – extension and adaptations to a care home for adults with learning disabilities


Do click to read more, and we would like to thank our clients for their ongoing support.

Great to see that our completed Pembroke Road, Shirehampton scheme for Alliance Homes to provide 16 new affordable units has been shortlisted in two categories – Transformation and Residential Development – at the Bristol Property Awards.

Our design to replace the existing second floor with a lightweight alternative made it both easier and more cost-effective in build terms. Meanwhile, we also worked with Alliance on designs for of a new 3-storey apartment building situated on adjacent land.

A great scheme to have been involved in with a positive and collaborative approach taken by all of the project team.

Barton Willmore
Alliance Homes Group
Speller Metcalfe

This truly complex job, recently completed, involved the redesign and extension of a traditional family home, including cutting into the hillside to expand the existing single garage into a double one, which now reaches partly under the house. We were proud to work with Andrew Minto Architecture and Cornerstone Construction, and needless to say the client was delighted – wouldn’t you be? (We are now all moving in…)

It gives us great pleasure to sponsor our local primary school’s virtual (plastic-free) balloon race, at a time when schools are unable to host fund-raising events :). Happy Friday everyone!


We are thrilled to have carried out a crucial dynamic analysis assessment for the retractable seating arrangements for this brand spanking new sports centre, due to open its doors very soon!

This work was carried out for our valued client, Audience Systems Ltd.

Check out this video (our bit is shown between approx 1 min – 1 min 12). How cool will that be, when spectator sport can actually happen again?

PRO Structures is proud to have designed major structural adaptations to refurbish and extend this 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 removing the existing internal staircases, while the extension forms a new load bearing masonry enclosure for the staircase plus lift.

This fascinating scheme started on site in July 2020 and the refurbished facility will house six residents with a learning disability in one-bedroom flats.

Sainsbury’s glazing, a pub conversion in Chepstow, and a residential development over a railway line

Sainsbury’s Bradley Stoke – we are currently working on verification designs for the structural glazing on this new store, taking into account the mullion, transom and fixing brackets back to the main structure. Our client is Advanced Automotive Access Ltd.
Bridge Inn, Bridge Street, Chepstow – we are currently completing our sub- and superstructure design for 2 detached town houses needing piled foundations, with traditional load-bearing masonry walls, plus timber flooring and roofing, for client Mr Gerry Andrews.
Searle Court Avenue – our substructure design work is about to start in accordance with network rail requirements on this site in Brislington for Highridge Construction, as the west coast main line passes at great depth under part of the site. The development will comprise 9 two-storey detached and semi-detached houses.

  Patchway Community Centre and Frenchay Cricket Club Pavilion

We have recently designed a 2-storey extension to Patchway Community Centre, top left, which will incorporate extra accommodation for an existing pre-school on the ground floor and a new community space on the first floor, as well as a new entrance lobby and refurbishments to the existing community centre. The revised submission has just gone out to tender.

Meanwhile, we are on the cusp of completing the civil and structural tender design for a new pavilion for Frenchay Cricket Club, top right.

The Shant

This former pub has now been demolished to make way for 10 semi-detached plots which will be built into two-storey private homes for Highridge Construction. We are proud to have provided the reinforced concrete substructure design, working with GeoTesting Services Ltd to ensure that the foundations can bridge over potential 2m wide voids on a site historically associated with mining.

7a Bell Hill

This three-storey building comprising 4 one- and two-bedroom apartments, for which we also designed the substructure elements, is now half built. Our client on this scheme is Nelson Developments and is scheduled to be completed in November.

PRO Structures was delighted to provide Hawkfield Homes with the structural design for this superb development of eight family homes offering spacious accommodation in South Bristol.

Built and finished to the highest of standards, these 3-storey family homes have now been released for sale – ready for when the housing market can start to move again!

Change of use to create 10 new apartments plus 6 more new build –
31-35 High Street and 24 Pembroke Road, Shirehampton

Our client, social housing provider Alliance Property Care, who own and manage around 6,500 homes in the South West, appointed us to modify an existing 3-storey commercial building. This was to provide an additional lightweight 2nd floor, while changing the 1st and 2nd floors, currently made up of offices and a break-out area, into 10 residential apartments. The ground floor has remained in use as a Job Centre, which Alliance currently leases out.

Our design to replace the existing second floor with a lightweight alternative on the change of use side (pictured above left) made construction easier while saving cost, while the 3-storey new-build on adjacent Pembroke Road offering a further 6 one/two-bed apartments is pictured above right.

All the accommodation will be social housing. Barton Willmore, one of the UK’s leading independent planning and design consultancies, provided the architectural lead on both designs, and the contractor was Speller Metcalfe. The scheme was not without its complexities, and we are thrilled to see it reach a happy completion, with accommodation now ready for tenants to move in!

We are delighted to be able to announce that we have reopened our offices today, in a safe and distanced way, with some extra hygiene and distancing precautions in place. It is so very nice to to be able to see our team face to face after three long months 🙂

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.