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The Range Headquarters, Plymouth

We have been appointed to carry out civil and structural design for the new headquarters for The Range Superstore in Crownhill, Plymouth.  This involved design and detailing the substructure for a four storey office block, superstore, garden centre and two storey car park.  Parts of the buildings have had to be piled due to poor and varying ground conditions.  Level changes around the site have necessitated retaining walls and special measures for support of floors and walls.

We have also carried out the design of the roads and drainage for the scheme with section 38, 104 and 185...

Fire at The Pine Shop in the Centre of Ottery St Mary, Exeter, Devon

A serious fire has destroyed the roof and second floor to The Pine Shop in the centre of Ottery St Mary.  We have been appointed to carry out a safety report, to arrange temporary safety measures and to project manage the reconstruction of the building.  This involves design of a new roof structure to replace the existing, repair and reconstruction of the external timber frame front wall and a schedule of work for repairs and reinstatement.

We were called to site late Friday afternoon on the day of the fire where we met the Loss Adjuster, owner of the building and Building Inspector...

Extensions and Alterations to ForFarmers, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, Devon

We are the lead Structural and Civil Engineers for a major upgrade to the Exeter ForFarmers Mill, involving a number of extensions and major alterations to the existing building.  This involves liaising with ForFarmers and Subcontractors supplying new feed bins, silos, various plant and machinery.

The work in the existing building is complex with heavy structural steelwork required to deal with high loads from new bins and silos.  Some alterations have an effect on stability of the main building so we have had to deal with this by introducing stability frames.

The following...

Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe, Devon

Work is underway on Tunnels Beaches new improved wedding venue in Ilfracombe, which is featured in the North Devon journal.  The project involves the transformation of the already popular luxury beach front wedding venue, due to be opened March 2017.  The following is a link to the North Devon journal article.

New structural steelwork is being transported to the site using a crane, located in the highway above, and...

New Exeter Bus Station Headquarters and Matford Park and Ride, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon

The new Exeter Bus Station has recently been handed over, the project being a great success.

We provided Civil Engineering design and support for Andrew Cowie Construction Ltd, which has been an exciting fast track project involving assessment of existing features, services, drainage and integrating these with the new design.
 
There is more information on this project using the following link.

Cove House, Torcross, Devon

We have been appointed as Structural Engineers for the design of an exciting bespoke contemporary house situated adjacent to the seafront at Torcross.  This is a very interesting project involving specialist structural design to result in very slender construction to suit the architectural visualisation of the building.
 
The house was designed by Architect Russell Jones – http://www.russelljones.org/
 
At the rear of the building is a steep cliff and a very steep access track.  The design is required to take into account the...

Fire Damaged Cottage on Dartmoor

We were commissioned to provide structural engineering services for this fire damaged cottage, which was seriously damage.  Set in the conservation area of Dartmoor, the reinstatement work had to be carried out sympathetically and to the approval of Conservation Officers.  The roof was reinstated with tradition timber trusses to match the original with new purlins and rafters.  Lintels were replace with oak (where exposed) and the building generally completed to a very high standard.  We responded quickly and worked hard to achieve early re-occupation of the cottage.

The Bell Inn, Parkham, North Devon

A devastating fire has seriously damaged the structure of the listed 13th century Bell Inn.  The Inn is steeped in history, originally being a forge and two farm workers cottages with oak beams, cob walls and open fires, all under a traditional thatched roof.  We were commissioned to undertake an inspection of the building and make recommendations for emergency measures to stabilise the remaining structure.  Following this, sympathetic design for reinstatement of the cob walls, floors and roof structure was carried out with detailed drawings produced for listed building approval. 

Ottery Valley Dairy

This project involved construction of a new oak framed Ice Cream Parlour for Otter Valley Dairy. The final elements included a café, office and drain design and also the external retaining walls. 

Our involvement was to provide structural engineering support for the new building and the design of a spectacular traditional oak frame which is a major architectural feature of the building.

The building has been completed to a very high standard with impressive results.

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