We just wanted to shine a spotlight on a couple of our more technically interesting recent projects – soon to appear online as case studies.

Firstly, St Luke’s Hall in Bedminster, where PRO Structures was proud to be part of an historic scheme to convert an 1870s ‘poor house’ into 14 new one- and two-bedroom apartments, with a wraparound extension to the side and rear of the original building. We had to design piled foundations to bridge over a substantial original Victorian sewer, while the superstructure design included split-level apartments on the ground and first floor (pictured below).

Secondly, our challenge at 77 Hill View in Henleaze was to carry out the foundation and superstructure design for an exclusive detached four-bedroom home incorporating an inset 2nd floor which is to be completely open and column-free.

Now on site, the south-westerly elevation will be cantilevered out completely (see plan below), while being open plan and unsupported by internal columns, so our main challenge was to design the concrete reinforcement in the supporting walls to ensure the building’s stability. To do this, we used Masterseries finite element 3D modelling work out the stresses on the concrete walls and design accordingly.