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.
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:
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.
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…)
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 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.
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.
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!
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 11m3 underground 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.
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.