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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!

slab happy: Luton Airport’s Marriott hotel

13 March 2018

The podium at Luton is now partially complete, and the ground floor slab is under construction prior to the arrival next week of the first modules for the single-storey rear area. The modules for the main part of the building are due to follow at the end of the month.

B-eautiful! Peter Dann wins BIM Awards trophy for ‘Doing it Abroad’

1 March 2018

Ben Drake, Ian Sargent and Paul Sandford braved the elements to attend the inaugural BIM Awards at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle, where we were finalists in the Doing It: Abroad category. Our Alt Hotel St. Johns Canada, was up against entries from Woods Bagot Architect’s & AFL Architects. The event marked the opening of BIM Show Live 2018 and it was thoroughly enjoyable with a brilliant range of projects on display.

As our category was being announced there was an ‘Oscars-esque’ moment where the name on the award didn’t match the one in the envelope! Once that was resolved we were incredibly proud and overwhelmed to hear our name read out as we scoped the prize. Big congratulations to everyone who worked on the project and helped make it the success it was.

Block party: 10-20 Dock Street

26 February 2018

The “Ordnance Building” on Dock Street is progressing quickly with much of the concrete cast and fit out beginning on the lower levels.

Two of the blocks have reached their top level and now have great views looking towards the city. The third block, which will eventually be a thirteen storey tower block, continues upwards around the tower crane. The project is on schedule and is due to be completed in Q1 2019.

Peter Dann deliver Unique Blends Plant in the UK

23 February 2018

Not the most glamorous work we do, but the agricultural feed sector and process engineering therein is extremely important, supporting our many industrial client’s continuous development programmes.

An example of this is the new Blends Plant for Carrs Billington Agriculture Ltd, which is now entering final commissioning at their facility in Staffordshire. Traditionally, blends plants are a rudimentary installation, however this new plant is formed of 15no. 3.5m diameter x 9.0m high silos with associated weigher’s, elevator’s, conveyor’s and ancillary plant capable of providing an operational capacity of 35,000 tonnes per annum.

Peter Dann not only designed the supporting structural steelwork entablature and ancillary platforms, but also the silos and bin tops as well. The plant was constructed within the confines of an existing agricultural building with a stepped floor level presenting many challenges given the constraints of space and constructing such a large silo block however, a fully collaborative client/design team have managed to overcome those issues to deliver a unique blends plant in the UK.

taking off: Marriott hotel underway at Luton Airport

21 February 2018

Construction of the Marriott Courtyard hotel at Luton Airport is underway, with foundations completed and the podium steel frame being installed, anticipating the first delivery of room modules in March.

It follows the Marriott Courtyard at Heriot Watt University, which opened in 2017, with the same modular structural system being utilised. This time, however, Peter Dann were challenged to increase the height of the self-stable stack of modules to seven storeys above the traditionally framed podium (compared to four storeys of modules at Heriot Watt), again without the introduction of separate stability cores. As for the Heriot project, the stairs and lifts are therefore housed within prefabricated modules rather than in-situ built cores, saving time on site.

In addition to these challenges, the site is cut into the side of a large slope, requiring the introduction of retaining walls on two sides of the hotel, which have been carefully coordinated with the foundations and drainage for the building.

The hotel will provide 250 bedrooms just a 10 minute walk from the terminal, along with a bar, gym and conference facilities. Peter Dann have designed all of the superstructure, substructure and below-ground drainage for the project.

fsb awards: we’ re finalists for business & product innovation

13 February 2018

Once again, the FSB Awards are celebrating small business, and Peter Dann is proud to be recognised for its sizeable achievements on an international scale.

This year, we’re up for Business & Product Innovation in the London Area, representing modular innovation abroad.

While modular design and construction is increasingly common in the U.K, our innovations respond to buildings around the world and their environmental challenges: climates, seismic zones, hard-to-reach/sensitive locations.

Last year, we made the FSB finals for the Green Impact Award, attending the Emirates Stadium for a glamorous black-tie night, and again look forward to meeting fellow finalists.

offsite awards shortlist: engineer of the year

31 January 2018

We are excited to announce that Peter Dann is a finalist in the Offsite Awards 2018 for Engineer of the Year. Thanks to all who worked on the Alt Hotel St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada – an innovative modular build that’s the first of its kind in the area!

We were also the structural engineers for the Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West, working on both the modular and tradition design in partnership with architects Studio Anyo, who have been been shortlisted with this project for Best Use of Volumetric Technology; and we’re pleased to be working with Rollalong on the ‘Larkhill Single Living Accommodation’ , which has been shortlisted twice for Volumetric Technology and Housing Project of the Year.

Congratulations to all shortlistees and we look forward to mingling at the ExCeL in London on 06-03-18.

The future is open: innovative £45m Science Centre at Anglia Ruskin University

22 January 2018

We are pleased to report that ARU’s innovative Science Centre has opened. This major new facility brings teaching, postgraduate and staff facilities together within the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The £45 million investment offers staff state-of-the-art facilities in forensics, bio-medics, psychology and biology, with an atrium-focused design giving scope to all facilities available upon entrance.

Additionally, there is a 304 seat lecture theatre and a 202 place “super-laboratory”. This latter facility represents a new way of teaching science where several classes from different disciplines can be taught at the same time in the one space.

The fenestration on the southern and western elevations is extensively louvred to control solar gain with separating brick ventilation ‘chimneys’ that extend from eaves to the ground floor. The roof incorporates a series of photo voltaic panels along the southern elevation. A total of 500m² of the roof space is dedicated to the delivery of renewable energy for the building.