The flagship Cath Kidston store opened this morning at 180 Piccadilly, as part of the redevelopment of basement and ground floor for Great Portland Estates. Heyne Tillett Steel advised on the refurbishment, which involved an extensive cut and carve of the existing structure.
Tower crane comes down at Walmar House Regent Street, signifying completion of major structural works. Smaller structural elements are still in the process of being installed on site, whilst the temporary works structure is being removed piece by piece as areas of the building are structurally completed.
The £12M office refurbishment of 77 Shaftesbury Avenue with Lifschuts Davidson Sandilands has entered the demolition phase with the removal of the steel plant enclosure on the roof. The significant demolition of the RC slabs will commence once the tower crane has been erected.
Structure to the Whispering Gallery for the new Information Age Gallery in the Science Museum is nearly complete. A 350mm deep box section spine beam spans continuously over supports at approximately 12m centres to create a 145m long walkway.
We followed up the factory tour with a climb over Frei Otto’s tensile roof that spans Munich’s 1972 Olympic Stadium. The two-hour climb over the transparent canopy of acrylic glass panels provided some spectacular views over Munich and out to the Alps.
Last stop of the day was the BMW factory in Regensburg, where it was hard not to be impressed by the scale and efficiency of this 98% robot operated plant.
Our HTS annual staff trip started with a brilliant tour round the MERK Timber factory in Aichach. As we walked around the factory that had supplied the material for the Metropol Parasol we got to see the immense machines that process the enormous modern timber products that are Glulam, CLT and Kerto.
Work was recently completed on an apartment fit-out project we have been working on with 1508 London in Victoria. The star of the project was a steel staircase which is formed from a folded, perforated steel plate hung off dowels fixed into the wall.
Our Camden Mews project with studio 30 Architects is complete. It involved the contemporary extension and remodel of a 1990s building. The building is located over a rail tunnel which provided a significant challenge to our foundation design. Network rail where surprisingly helpful and easy to work with.
This October saw the official opening of Drake’s, the luxury tie maker’s, new home in East London. They are now in occupation across the lower three floors of our mixed-use East Road project recently completed with Hawkins\Brown. The opening evening was an informative affair with Drake’s employees working late to demonstrate their skills producing hand-made silk ties, pocket squares and knitwear. Their fine goods were also on sale in the newly opened factory shop on the aptly named Haberdasher Street.
The Bow St Magistrates Court project has now received planning permission. The project involves the construction of a new luxury hotel with approximately 100 bedrooms on the site of the grade II listed former Bow St Magistrates Court. This will involve sensitive refurbishment of the existing buildings, adding new storeys above parts of the existing buildings and a new basement beneath part so the site, as well as façade retention of one elevation and construction of a new double winged structure within the courtyard adjacent to the retained existing buildings.
A contingent from HTS visited the Walmar House site. Demolition was complete, including the removal of a number of internal shear walls, and two significant parts of the building requiring a façade retention to Great Castle Street. The enlarged steel frame was being erected, incorporating new stair and lift cores, and at the time of the visit the steelwork was between the second and fourth floors. The new frames incorporate lightweight concrete slabs on profiled metal decking, interacting with the existing steel frame and clay hollow pot floors across the boundary between old and new.
The steel scissor stair within the new City Tower reception has been completed and handed over to the client as part of the first sectional completion. The stair is a monocoque structure constructed from zig zag cut steel plate stringers and steel top and bottom plate.
The July issue of the Grand Designs Magazine featured Mayfly Cottage as A Natural Beauty. The article encapsulates the journey Stiff & Trevillion took with the client to build a contemporary house in a Victorian hamlet.
HTS visited the cloud-like structure that is this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Sou Fujimoto’s Pavilion was surprisingly interactive and had what every cloud should have – a refreshing Fortnum and Mason’s bar hidden in the center.
The HTS move went smoothly. We have been settling into the new office and are greatly enjoying the increase in space and AC!
July’s issue of the Grand Designs Magazine features Tredegar Square as Most Improved Player. The article gives great coverage to the evolution of the house, along with some fantastic photographs of the completed project.
We are pleased to announce our project St Alphege Learning & Teaching Building at the University of Winchester has received a regional RIBA Award. Congratulations to the client and Design Engine architects!
Mark Tillett completed a fantastic 3 day ride from Bilbao to the BCO conference in Madrid with 53 other friends from the industry. Snow, sun and rain were all encountered across the stunning plains and hills of northern Spain, raising over £43,000 for charity in the process. Tom Steel joined Mark in Madrid for an excellent, thought-provoking conference.
Heyne Tillett Steel worked with Universal design Studio on the Chrome Web Lab for Google at the Science Museum. The exhibition space has recently been nominated for a D&AD Spatial Design Award, the only exhibition in the category.
This residential project to extend the top 2 floors of a 16- storey tower near Buckingham Palace has started on site. The scheme designed by Victoria Manser Architects introduces a new glazed roof-top studio with spectacular views of the city.
The basement is now complete and the hydraulic props have been removed. Work is proceeding on the first and second floor concrete slabs ahead of the first prefabricated bedroom modules arriving to be installed at the start of March. View >
The construction of reciprocal timber roof frame has started on site with the steel “tree” columns now installed and the construction of the timber roof is starting w/c 18th Feb with construction time noted as only 6-8 days.
The construction of Winchester University’s new teaching facility is now complete on site. Works to this new naturally ventilated education block were developed with Design Engine and include the installation of a specialist piece of artwork.
This 12-storey RC frame mixed-use development with AHMM Architects has received planning permission and due to start on site in April. View >
The project has been entered by GPE into the BCO awards, and has been short-listed – judging will take place over the coming weeks / months.
With the installation of temporary steel stability bracing, the existing RC structural cores have been fully removed throughout the 1980s RC framed building. Main Contractors McLaren Construction have now taken possession of the site.
This refurbishment and extension of a Georgian terrace in East London has won 1st prize in the ‘Private House’ category at the Wood Awards. The award for our work with David Mikhail Architects celebrates the integration of a glulam roof and stability structure into the 2-storey library extension.
HTS‘s annual trip took us to the French capital this month. Our whistle-stop tour took in Parisian architectural must-sees: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Pompidou Centre and began and with a Eurostar trip from our own must-see; St Pancras Station.
HTS are proud to announce that 6 of its staff have been successful in their professional exams this year and can now call themselves Chartered Structural Engineers. Congratulations to Kelly Harrison, Robert Knight, James Souter, James Morgan, David Miller and Andrew Blasdale.
This year’s outing took place last week with a trip on high-speed Rib boats down the Thames past some of London’s iconic architecture. The evening was topped-off with roof-top drinks at Allies and Morrison’s refurbished Royal Festival Hall to coincide with the laser show celebrating the completion of the Shard.