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.
The Awards dinner is on October 16th in Manchester and we look forward to being there and meeting all who have been shortlisted.
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.
Engineers watch Cricketeers at The Oval
30 July 2018
For a third year in a row, staff from Peter Dann returned to the oval of cricket last Friday evening, with T20 in full swing after rain delayed play by an hour.
Saying so, the break in weather was refreshing, and gave us time to sink some beers pre-match, catching up with colleagues as we did, especially those who’d travelled down from our Cambridge office for the event.
There was also a new face in the crowd, as Elena recently joined our London team as Front Desk/Administrator.
Thanks to all who made it!
When in Canada…
24 July 2018
This brilliant view of the Alt Hotel Calgary, situated on the Bow River, greeted Associate Ben Drake on his recent trip to Canada.
The modular hotel is still receiving finishing touches, yet stands monumental in the clear Canadian sun.
Watch this space for the opening date!
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 open 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 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.
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.
Speakers from Cogent, MJH and EDF Energy will be amongst others on a very impressive line-up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.