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Offsite Construction Show 2018 Peter Dann

Offisite Construction Show 2018 – we’ll be there!

15 November 2018

We’re excited to announce that Peter Dann will be exhibiting at the Offsite Construction Show next Tuesday and Wednesday (20th-21st) at ExCel, London.

Please, pop along for a chat and we will provide an update on our recent involvement in Offsite Building developments.

Find out more about attending the Offsite Construction Show here

Modular Matters Event 2018

Modular Really Does Matter

1 November 2018

Lots of positive feedback for Ben Drake’s talk on the structural design challenges of “real life Lego” modular buildings at the Modular Matters event on Tuesday.

The event was very well attended by over 300 construction industry stakeholders, being the largest volumetric modular conference of the year! Peter Chapman and Mike Rogers also joined for the day, taking full advantage of the fantastic networking opportunities.

Peter Dann welcomes Senior Engineer Chris Hartnett

30 October 2018

Hailing from Minneapolis, U.S, Chris Hartnett has joined our London office as Senior Engineer.

Not only does Chris bring a strong project portfolio of engineering, including 13 state licences and National Certification, but he also brings his passion for travel and sailing.

We look forward to working with him on a variety of projects across all sectors, including historic and listed buildings.


Digital Construction & BIM – Paul Sandford to speak at Jesus College Cambridge

26 October 2018

Paul Sandford and Andrew Croft will discuss the latest developments in digital construction and offsite construction at The Webb Library, Jesus College Cambridge.

Paul is group CAD / BIM Manager at Peter Dann Ltd and will look at the practical and technological advantages of digital construction. Andrew Croft is an associate at Beale & Company, and was instrumental in the drafting of the CIC protocol – the legal framework document that enables BIM to be used in line with construction contracts. The latest edition was published earlier in 2018 and remains the only standard contractual BIM document in the UK.

Refreshments, including breakfast, will be provided for all delegates.

This event is FREE for members of COCCEC.  Members are welcome to bring one guest for free.

When: 31 Oct 2018 8:00 AM,

Non members are welcome, the ticket price is £25.00

modular matters next week – grab your last minute tickets!

25 October 2018

Don’t miss our Associate Ben Drake’s co-presentation with James Walsh of Studio Anyo at the Modular Matters Event next week!

Ben will focus on the “real life Lego” structural design challenges of volumetric modular buildings, presenting the recently finished Marriott Hotels in Luton and Edinburgh as case studies.

It’ll be an action packed day of offsite expert speakers – grab your tickets at


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BIM BAM BOOM – Paul Sandford Speaks at BIM Village for Digital Construction

22 October 2018

Our BIM/CAD Manager Paul Sandford had the privilege of talking at Digital Construction on Thursday last week, speaking on the BIM Village stage with his talk BIModular.

The talk – a no-frills look at modular construction and benefits of BIM – attracted a large amount of interest with standing room only, and a large number of attendees waiting at the end to discuss the topic further.

When we spoke to Paul he commented “It was a really exciting day with a brilliant set of talks throughout. To be involved with DCW as a speaker rather than just attending was a brilliant opportunity and one I was proud to have. The audience were very engaging and supportive of the topic and it was nice to talk through this on a wider level with several people afterwards.

Thanks indeed for all your hard work on the subject, Paul, and we look forward to opportunities next year.

Peter Dann Attend the Education Estate Awards 2018 for Consultancy of the Year

Education Estate Awards Night 2018

18 October 2018

On Tuesday night, Ian Sargent and Paul Sandford from our Cambridge office donned their best black garb for the Education Estate Awards in Manchester.

We were very pleased to have been shortlisted for ‘Consultancy of the Year’, including ‘Inspiring Learning Spaces’ and ‘Innovation in Teaching & Learning’ thanks to the Anglia Ruskin Science Building, completed in January of this year.

According to Paul it was a brilliant night with a superb range of people. Congratulations to all shortlistees and winners.

Alconbury incubator Peter Dann

structural incubation hatches latest Alconbury Enterprise

15 October 2018

We are pleased to have completed our latest project, the ‘Incubator 2’, on the Alconbury Enterprise Campus for Urban & Civic.

The project developed a new suite of offices next to the original Incubator building, situated in a prominent location on the main boulevard leading into the campus. The construction provides circa 15,000ft2 of high-quality office space over two floors. It was designed by AHMM Architects to compliment its sister building.

Peter Dann have now completed three major projects on the site having previously worked on The Alconbury Weald Club, Urban & Civics headquarters on the Campus, and also the Ermine Street Church Academy school, and we look forward to more opportunities in the future to continue our relationship with this exciting development.

Brentwood Town Hall Steels the Show

11 October 2018

Works are proceeding well on Brentwood’s Town Hall, with most of the steelwork in place at ground to third floor. Main moment frames are installed and a few steel elements are going to be installed in the next weeks.

The majority of the internal masonry walls have been removed to create a more open-plan space with the new steel framing required to reinstate the lateral stability to the building. Timber joists are being built at roof and third floor level, and reinforcement for the retaining walls at the front of the building is being put in place.

The renovation will create a service delivery hub and transform the way the council provides services as well as creating up to 19 residential units and space for commercial organisations and start-up businesses.

The remodelling plan includes a new roof, new windows, new boilers, new lifts, the opening up of the office floors and residential units on the top two floors.



Digital Construction Week SPEAKING Peter Dann

Paul Sandford is speaking at Digital Construction Week October 18

8 October 2018

Our BIM/CAD Manager Paul Sandford will be speaking at Digital Construction Week  on October 18th at 12:30-13:00 in the BIM Village.

His session will demonstrate the benefits of using BIM with an offsite construction solution. According to Paul, there will be no dispelling of myths but an educated, logical and engineered approach as to what solutions are available within the industry and how these can be implemented in day to day reality.

You can read the full synopsis here, and to register for free visit

Extra Mile Auvergne Challenge Charity Bike Ride

1 October 2018

Our Director Kevin Short and the Amber PrintWorks Team, after hard weeks of training, have cycled the 500 miles Auvergne challenge over the three days.

This challenge helped raise £1,260 for Homeless in Northampton, Willen Hospice and Wheel Power.

If you want to help, please check the link to the Just Giving page here.



Swan Street Residential New Build Exterior and Interior

Plaza Close – Swan Street, Sible Hedingham

24 September 2018

Peter Dann designed the structure and the drainage strategy for this new development in Sible Hedingham, which consists of nine residential homes with gardens and parking.

These new-build houses are on the government’s Help to Buy Scheme, with each house comprising two bedrooms, open-plan living and bi-fold doors opening onto rear enclosed gardens.

Peter Dann’s modular hotels in new york

18 September 2018

Some recent pictures of the POD Hotel in Brooklyn and the Bowery CitizenM Hotel that our associate Michael Rogers sent us from his trip to New York.

The POD was our first modular project to be constructed in the USA (for which we designed the modular rooms), followed shortly after by the Bowery Hotel in Manhattan (a 20 storey hotel lauded as “the nation’s largest modular construction hotel project ever”).

The POD and Bowery CitizenM were also featured in this New York Post‘s article about increasing popularity of modular construction in NY.


Issey Miyake external new opening Peter Dann

Issey Miyake’s refurbishment in Mayfair

12 September 2018

For the high end fit out of the new Issey Miyake’s store in Mayfair, the work included strengthening of existing floor to accommodate structural openings, a new staircase, glass partitions with strict deflection tolerances and feature hanging rails.


Alt Hotel Calgary completed East Village Peter Dann

Alt Hotel Calgary – Opening Autumn 2018

10 September 2018

Exterior works to the façade are now complete and the Alt Hotel in Calgary is nearly ready for opening later this Autumn.

This project involved several significant design and logistical challenges, with the site being subject to high wind and seismic loads, as well as the modules being built in Europe and shipped/trucked to site in central inland Canada.

Bookings are now open via the Alt Hotel website.



Susan Stoodley retires from Peter Dann after 21 years

24 August 2018

With regret but warm wishes we announce the retirement of our Office Manager Susan Stoodley.

Susan has worked for Peter Dann since 1997, during which time she’s seen four changes of Managing Director and various Associates, plus change of addresses for both Cambridge and London offices.

She’s ‘thoroughly enjoyed her time’, keeping the engine running at our HQ in Cambridge, but looks forward to indulging in personal time – much needed after years of hard work, which everyone here at Peter Dann deeply appreciates.

In turn, we welcome Annice Lowes to our company, who’ll be taking the wheel with effect from Tuesday onwards.

Peter Dann featured in Offsite Magazine, Issue 12

14 August 2018

Associate Ben Drake was invited to write an article on modular design and construction by Explore Offsite for their magazine.

Ben’s perspective on designing an integrated superstructure, from individual modular parts, explores recent and ongoing projects for the Courtyard by Marriott hotels in Edinburgh and Luton respectively.

In his article ‘Real Life Lego’ he explains why hotel construction lends itself perfectly to offsite techniques, and how it’s not just about ‘stackability’.

Issue 12 of Offsite magazine is available both online and in print.

excel in BIModular – Paul Sandford to speak at digital construction week

8 August 2018

We are delighted to announce that BIM/CAD manager Paul Sandford has been selected to speak at this year’s Digital Construction Week at Excel, London.

His talk BIModular will demonstrate the benefits of using BIM with an offiste construction solution, presenting an educated, logical and engineered approach as to what solutions are available within the industry, and how these can be implemented in reality.

He’ll be presenting in the BIM Village on October 18th at 12:30pm.

Education Estates Awards Shortlist Announcement

2 August 2018

It’s a pleasure to announce that Peter Dann has been shortlisted in the Consultancy of the Year category at the Education Estates Awards.

This award recognises a multi-disciplinary consultancy or construction consultants who have demonstrated outstanding work in the education sector over the last 12 months.

We are also very pleased that one of our key projects – the Anglia Ruskin University Science Centre – is in two categories: Innovation in Teaching & Learning and Inspiring Learning Spaces.

The Awards dinner is on October 16th in Manchester and we look forward to being there and meeting all who have been shortlisted.




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GOLD! Peter dann achieves gold member status with constructiononline

1 August 2018

Having reached this Level 3 we have also been awarded the Acclaim Accreditation Certificate of Health and Safety.