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Courtyard Luton Airport open for sale

20 July 2018

We’re pleased to hear that the Courtyard Luton Airport we’ve been working on is now oper for sale.

Rooms are bookable from 20th December 2018 onwards via Marriott.

Peter Dann designed the superstructure, substructure and below-ground drainage for this 250-bedroom modular hotel, along with a bar, gym and conference facilities.



Dock Street Ordnance Building near completion by Peter Dann

Dock street project nearly complete and open for viewing

13 July 2018

The reinforced concrete structure for the “Ordnance Building” on Dock Street is now complete. The tower crane has been removed from the Block B lift core. Fit-out of the building and construction of the facades continues at a quick pace. The show flat is now complete and is open for viewing.

The two roof-top garden areas provide outstanding views of central London and across the city. The top apartments of the central tower also have clear 360-degree views of the city. The project is on schedule and is due to be completed in Q1 2019.

Modular Matters Conference and Exhibition

associate Ben Drake to speak at Conference in october

25 June 2018

Ben Drake, one of our Associates, will be speaking at the 30th October “Modular Matters” event, presenting a case study on the Peter Dann designed volumetric modular Marriott Courtyard Hotel at Luton Airport.

Ben will be co-presenting with James Walsh, Partner of Studio Anyo, the project architects. Get your tickets early!

Speakers from Cogent, MJH and EDF Energy will be amongst others on a very impressive line-up.

Celebrating Women in Engineering IET Seminar 2018 Peter Dann

Speakers inspire confidence at I.E.T Seminar

20 June 2018

Peter Dann’s project engineer Katja Vidic was celebrating women in engineering yesterday at a seminar organised by IET. 

There were 3 main parts to the seminar, through which speakers inspired both women and men with stories of experience and success, which, according to Katja is “exactly what you need sometimes, to hear stories from someone who has been there.”  

There was opportunity throughout for drinks and chats with fellow engineers.

Bedfordshire Highways Depot Peter Dann

groundbreaking – Peter Dann design new highways Depot

14 June 2018

Peter Dann have provided the full design for a highways depot at Beamish Close in Sandy.

Bedfordshire Council has commenced work on the new £4.3 million depot which will be used by the council’s Highways Department, its Passenger Transport fleet and its contractor, Ringway Jacobs.

Ground was officially broken at a ceremony on Friday.

The project has been featured in various publications including The Comet, which reports that Highways England will also be making use of the depot. Savings will be made by the teams sharing facilities such as office space and maintenance bays.

It will be used by the council’s gritting vehicles and vehicle storage, with a fuel store on site, close to the areas they’ll be operating.

The site will be finished later this year.


Towering view of London at the FFT Soirée

8 June 2018

A beautiful London view from the roof-top bar of the citizenM Tower of London hotel (proudly designed by Peter Dann) – the setting for a highly enjoyable networking evening with property and construction industry professionals at the FFT Soirée.

LABC Awards Night: Grand Final for Silsoe V.C Lower School

31 May 2018

Thanks to DT Architects for a great Friday night at the LABC Building Excellence Awards. It’s always a pleasure when special projects like the Silsoe V.C Lower School are recognised, and though we didn’t win, we did receive immortality… well at least Paul Sandford did, chosen by artist ‘Sassy Steve’ who was doing the rounds at the awards dinner. Ian and Alan, who were also in attendance, weren’t lucky enough to be cariacatured, probably due to lack of dicki-bows and/or facial forestry.

Congratulations to all the winners on the night.

Alt Hotel Calgary: 8 storeys placed on foundation of solid 10 years

29 May 2018

10 years since the ‘no-frills chic’ hotel chain was conceived by Groupe Germaine, the final glazing and exterior works are well underway on the The Alt Hotel Calgary, Canada, which is set to open later this year.

The 8-storey modular hotel is now the eighth property under the Alt Hotel banner, which will offer guests affordable luxury on the river-front in Calgary’s East Village.

It follows the success of the Alt Hotel St. Johns, Canada, which opened in 2017, and was the BIM Show Live Awards WINNER 2018 for ‘Doing it Abroad’.

Picturehouse refurbishment to light-up Bromley high street

14 May 2018

A major refurbishment and extension is underway on this iconic Art Deco cinema in Bromley, designed in the 1930s by the architect George Coles.

The extension involves two additional screens, a bar/restaurant and a passenger lift enabling wheelchair access to more screens, including Premiere Screen One. Refurbishment works include the reinstatement of missing historic features, restoration of original interiors and the prominent façade of this Oscar Deutsch Odeon.

Overall, the refurbishment aims to improve facilities while retaining the cinema’s period detail and atmosphere, resulting in a six-screen ‘golden age’ cinema for Bromley.

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes with Cooley Architects

Cooley Runnings – Bowling at Bloomsbury Lanes

30 April 2018

Last Friday we reprised our roles on the lanes as bowlers, who, albeit amateur, possess professional-strength enthusiasm for the sport, generously matched by members of Cooley Architects.

Teams were mixed. Isha from Cooley scored a worthy 118, trumping last year’s kingpin Paul Sandford. Kevin Short and Ben Drake both scored hat-tricks of strikes (no doubt the wrong term applied here), with Ben tallying an impressive 156. After the initial game had finished, one team entered a round of ‘speed bowling’ to polish off the final 14 minutes. More strikes were struck in these frantic throes than had been achieved in the full 45.

Bowling was followed by a casual post-game dressing-down, during which three ginormous pizzas disappeared, along with some buckets of beer.

As before – a great night had by all. Thanks to those who came, bowled and contributed.


The Hurlingham Project – retail and residential plans for Wandsworth Road

24 April 2018

The Hurlingham project is a new four-storey retail and residential building in Fulham which will replace the existing building while preserving the masonry façade. This is a challenging project involving a new basement which requires underpinning methods and extends to below groundwater levels.

Peter Dann has been involved from the conceptual stage and will continue to be involved throughout the technical design stage and construction.

The contract for construction of the Hurlingham project has been awarded to GPF Lewis, with whom we look forward to working.

Time to shine – Anglia Ruskin University’s Science Centre

19 April 2018

Good to get a look around the new Science Centre at Anglia Ruskin University yesterday. We were thrilled to be able to work on this project, and it’s great to see our concrete and steelwork structure on full display. The atrium really stands out, and the lab facilities are top-class. Thanks to the staff at ARU for taking the time to give us a detailed tour. Makes us wish we were back at university!

Peter Dann completes Mental Health Training

17 April 2018

We’re pleased to announce that key members of Peter Dann completed the Mental Health Training course developed by MHFA England.

This one-day course assisted us in understanding the signs and needs of mental health, and generally supporting wellbeing of our staff – vital in every company.

Greenwood Theatre Pocket Garden Zandra Rhodes Joe Swift CityScapes

Theatre meets Film with time-lapse of Greenwood’s Pocket Park

6 April 2018

Just 60 seconds is all it takes to watch this transformation – a colourful time-lapse film by Mickey Lee which shows the Greenwood Theatre exterior morphing to a jewel-bright pocket park.

It’s a project we’re pleased to have been a part of, designed by gardener Joe Swift and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, with construction by Garden Link. It received the People’s Choice Award from the Society of Gardeners Awards in 2016.

going for gold – the Alt Hotel in Calgary’s East Village, Canada

5 April 2018

Thanks to the Marco Group for this progress pic’ of Groupe Germain’s Alt Hotel East Village which is receiving exterior works.

Overlooking the Bow River, the hotel comprises eight storeys of modules above a two-storey concrete podium, with three storeys of basement below.

Groupe Germain’s previous success – the Alt Hotel St. Johns – opened early 2017 on the waterfront. Completion for Calgary is expected later this year.

Silsoe CoE VC Lower School Shortlisted for LABC Awards

3 April 2018

We are delighted to be finalists for another award!

The Silsoe Church of England VC Lower School has been shortlisted as a finalist for the LABC Building Excellent Awards for the Best Educational Building category.

The school was part of Central Bedfordshire Council’s commitment to provide 6,500 new school places over the next five years, which included approved plans to expand and relocate the Silsoe School.

The brief required an inspirational place to learn while referencing its faith base; and, upon completion, to stand as a distinguished part of a new housing development.

A steel-frame solution was chosen for ease, speed and cost-efficiency, with extensive insulation for maximum energy efficiency. Single and two-storey elements generate an interesting interplay of volumes. Separating these elements is a 50m-long central atrium, allowing access from the main entrance whilst forming the main circulation route and providing break-out spaces. A series of steel trees not only support the roof but symbolise an outdoor landscape.

This project featured in the April edition of NSC magazine 2016.

hot and cold off the press – peter dann’s steelwork is in the frame

29 March 2018

Steel frame complete on an extension for one of our long standing industrial clients in Suffolk. It showcases a less well-known service that Peter Dann Consulting Engineers provide which is structural steelwork fabrication detailing.

Tekla Structures is used to produce a 3D model from which the steelwork fabrication drawings are prepared. In this case, we detailed 30T of structural hot and cold rolled steel, providing fabrication drawings and the associated computer files which assist the fabricator in manufacturing the steel.

We have undertaken projects of up to 500T, including preparation of the connection designs on behalf of the fabricator. A little something you may not have known we do!

Holy Trinity Church: Cambridge Design & Construction Awards

28 March 2018

An excellent evening at the #CambridgeDesignAndConstructionAwards last night. Some fantastic projects were showcased and congratulations to all those that deservedly won awards. We were delighted to be part of the team for the challenging refurbishment and extension of the Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, for which Purcell were a finalist in the category for conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building 2017.


Unfortunately, the project didn’t prevail, but a superb renovation and extension nonetheless, considerately constructed on a very tight site by Coulson Building; pleasingly, their site manager did receive an award for his work on the project, so congratulations indeed to Ian Keys.

Modular milestone : First bedrooms in Place for Courtyard Hotel, Luton Airport

23 March 2018

Yesterday bore witness to the first of 250 modular bedrooms being lifted into place for the Marriott Courtyard Hotel at Luton Airport. The hotel is due to open this September, 2018, placing globe-trotters in perfect proximity to the terminal.

With interior designs signed-off, the future looks stylishly bright for this airport hotel. Its Edinburgh-based sibling, on the Heriot-Watt campus, recently opened.

FSB Awards 2018 for Business and Product Innovation – London Area

21 March 2018

On Monday we attended the FSB Awards as a London Area Finalist for Business and Product Innovation. It was a close shave (sorry) but took home the award for their innovative product range. Still, an enjoyable day’s proceedings!