Latest news and views from Pro Structures

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.

   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).