Scaffolding has recently been removed to reveal the newly refurbished Kings Chapel. Constructed in 1841, the building lies to the south of the Fulham Road and has a grade II listing. It is currently undergoing extensive conversion works to allow it to be used as luxury housing; which include underpinning for a new basement, a new side extension, new internal structural framing and conservation of the original historic fabric. Internal works continue, with the building due for completion in May 2018.
We have been busy advising on a series of high-end residential projects that involve basement excavations. These basements are two or even three storeys deep, sometimes extending beyond the building linking adjoining properties together, such as Grosvenor Square (above). Technical Director Ravi Azad is working on a residential project in Hampstead, North London. Having implemented planning for a three-storey basement, the project is nearing construction in a tightly constrained area with three boundary walls. As planning permission for basements becomes more restrictive, our engineers’ reports have become a critical part of the architect’s planning permission.
We are very pleased to announce that Eleana Savvidi’s multidisciplinary team of architects, contractors, MEP engineers and assurance engineers won the Judge’s Prize of £1250 at the 27th annual Teambuild Competition Finals! Working together to tackle the design, development and construction process of a real site, Eleana’s team ‘Constellation’ beat seven teams with their proposal for the University of Edinburgh’s Grade A-listed McEwan Hall redevelopment project. Next entry for the competition opens in June 2018.
Our project, The Houseboat, beat five shortlisted schemes to the £5000 award at the RIBA Stirling Prize party held at the Roundhouse in Camden on the 31st October. We were appointed as Consulting Structural Engineers on this complex project, a nautically themed guesthouse design as two upturned boat hulls leaning together whilst facing out to sea.
The Prize recognises the UK’s best projects built for less than £1 million. Sinclair Johnston attended the evening with the project team; Mole Architects and Rebecca Granger Architects as well as the client, architect and founder of Solidspace Roger Zogolovitch.
Please read more about the award and project here
1. Greg McKenna
What is your role with ByrneLooby? I am a Principal Geotechnical Engineer specialising in slope stability, landslide risk assessment and management, earthworks design and structural geology. I have recently joined the Guildford office geotechnical team.
Tell us about your professional experience: I have over ten years’ experience in design and construction of slopes and embankments in the UK and Australia. I worked for Coffey Geotechnics for the majority of that time and was involved in the design and construction of numerous highway range crossing projects; compiling geotechnical ground models for dams, highways, railways and land reclamation works; and landslide risk assessments and mitigation for road, rail and the state parks service.
Tell us about your hobbies and interests outside of ByrneLooby: I am a rock climber and mountain biker and enjoy the outdoors.
The Belfast office had their annual trek around Malone Golf Club at the McLaughlin & Harvey Cancer Research golf day.
The ByrneLooby four ball made up of Danny Glynn/Rowan Lyons/Louise Best and Philip Montgomery, passed the halfway mark level par thanks to some marvellous teamwork. But disaster stuck on the back nine as they dropped shots on the 13th/14th and the rain came, just as they were passing the clubhouse on route to the 15th tee.
Understandably with a carvery awaiting them they would never would set eyes on that 15th tee, great golf, company and food.