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Alt Hotel, St. Johns, Canada, set to open August 2018

14 July 2017

We are pleased to announce that the new five-storey, 148 room, modular hotel will be open for guests from mid-August 2018.

This project had several significant challenges, with the site being exposed to the elements right on the North Atlantic Coast. The modules were also installed in the middle of winter surrounded by snow, which would have made a traditional construction alternative near impossible at this time of year.


Montage of Peter Dann staff bowling at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

peter dann bowling night: double strike!

13 July 2017

We seem to be on a roll (excuse us) when it comes to ten pin bowling. Shortly after our stint with Cooley Architects, our Cambridge office went to Tenpin at the Leisure Park for their office summer social.

The event gave everyone a good opportunity to let their hair down and flex their bowling arms as well as celebrating some recent promotions.

Overall it was a very tense competition with lots of people vying for big scores with the individual prize going to Paul Sandford, closely followed by Alan Lloyd and Guy Dolby. On the team side of things there was a little less competition with Lane 2 taking the prize with some very consistent bowling and scores across the board.

Structural engineers – you roll!

Graphic render of a Xanadome long-span lightweight pentagram structure

‘xanadome’ did peter dann decree… come meet our innovation!

10 July 2017

We’re pleased to add our long-span structure Xanadome to our sectors.

Xanadome, invented by Peter Dann Ltd., is a unique form of structure for enclosing large spaces. It’s system offers limitless opportunity to create attractive new forms, and no other structure performing the same function may be lighter.

Potential uses include hangers, shopping malls, refugee shelters and sports-related facilities.

Visit our sectors page to read our comprehensive Xanadome brochure.

10 storey modular hotel on the rise at calgary’s riverfront, canada

7 July 2017

Construction of a new 10 storey, 155 room, modular hotel, overlooking the Bow River in Calgary’s East Village is underway.

The Alt Hotel project involves 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 Poland and shipped/trucked to the site in central inland Canada.

We are pleased to report that our structural design is complete and module fabrication has commenced for this building, comprising eight storeys of modules above a two-storey concrete podium, with three storeys of basement below.

Completion of the hotel is expected in 2018.

Portrait of Dan Martin Infrastructure Engineer for Civil Engineering Works at Peter Dann

Peter Dann Welcomes Infrastructure Specialist Dan Martin

6 July 2017

Dan will be working within our Cambridge office as a dedicated, infrastructure Senior Engineer. This is part of Peter Dann’s business aspiration to become more strategically involved at the early stages of projects, and to broaden, strengthen and further develop in-house infrastructure capabilities.

Dan possesses an extensive portfolio of projects from the initial planning and feasibility stages through to detailed design and construction. His skills range from private and adoptable drainage design, network analysis, development of SuDS strategies, ground modelling and external level design to all aspects of highway and junction design including pavement specification, vertical/horizontal alignment and swept path analysis. He is experienced in negotiations with relevant third party stakeholders and is fully conversant with design standards and best practice for highways and drainage infrastructure.

Strategic infrastructure planning is often among the first of the engineering services many clients require, typically needed at master-planning stage. We provide a range of pre-planning services, and with drainage and highway matters taking on increased significance at this stage, growing this area of our business will allow us to provide specialist advice from a dedicated infrastructure team from the outset.

Peter Dann engineers bowling at Bloomsbury Lanes with Coolie Architects

From Frames to Double-Wood: The Structure of Ten Pin Bowling

5 July 2017

Cooley Architects and Sond Construction invited key members from Peter Dann to a game of Ten Pin Bowling last week – an excellent way to catch-up outside of work.

The social was in honour of Dock Street (a high-end, high-rise project comprising residential and commercial units) and was held at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, served up with rounds of pizza and beer.

Strikes were struck, ‘double wood’ was achieved (though not as much as ‘dead wood’),  with everyone having improved, somewhat, on their technique by the end of the night.

With thanks to Cooley Architects for organising.

GAW 123 Buckingham Palace Road Public Exhibition Sign for remodelling and enhancement of building

A Royally Good Show: Scheme Proposals Exhibited for Buckingham Palace Road

3 July 2017

Gaw Capital has publically presented scheme proposals for 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road. Renderings of proposed enhancements, including the remodelling of existing sections of the building (situated over Victoria Station, Westminster) were, reportedly, well received. Planning permission will be submitted to Westminster Council in August. As structural engineers on this project, we’re hoping the process will be as easy as 1, 2, 3…

Render of Regal Kingston refurbishment for repurposing from cinema into flats and commercial space

June ’17 – Kingston Regal: Redevelopment to Restore Former Majesty

29 June 2017

The original Kingston Regal, a Grade II Listed Art Deco building, is under-going an extensive redevelopment involving a complete refurbishment of both the interior and exterior.

An additional three storeys of apartments are to be built on top of the existing cinema, with a new full basement carpark. Additional  communal spaces include a new mezzanine floor for a restaurant and theatre, plus an activity space for children. The seven-storey annex building to the north-east of the site will be rebuilt for residential and commercial use.

Peter Dann are structural engineers on this complex project, which involves several different types of construction including masonry, steel, timber and concrete, all interfacing new with the existing listed structure.



Regal Scheme prepared by Karl Dorfner of Dorfmeister studios.

Render of Anglia Ruskin University new science block inteior

June ’17 – Anglia Ruskin University: “Innovation Saves Cost”

26 June 2017

The near-complete ARU Science Centre opened its doors for a very special CFCI site-tour last week, with key members of the Peter Dann design team strategically placed within the atrium to talk about the structure to visiting groups.

The new building – described as “an incredibly exciting project” by Bob Ensch, Area Director for Cambridge – places a domestically scaled elevation onto the Broad Street frontage, with half a storey sunk below pavement level and the bulk of the building’s storeys concealed by a clever façade. This state-of-the-art science centre will provide a 300-seat lecture theatre and a 200-seat super laboratory CL2, scene of crime and blackout laboratories. Additionally, there will be flexible and specialist teaching spaces with staff offices.

Mr. Ensch commented “being able to show fellow industry professionals around our construction projects is a huge honour.”

Click here to read how this innovative and build saves cost on Construction News

citizenM Tower of London Hotel shortlisted for the NEW LONDON AWARDS

June ’17 – citizenM: Tower of London Shortlisted for NLA Award

13 June 2017

Peter Dann are pleased to hear that the citizenM: Tower of London hotel has been shortlisted for the NLA People’s Choice Award 2017. The category Hotels & Hospitality promotes those developments designed to “enhance […] leisure for tourists, business people and Londoners in the capital – from budget to boutique to luxury.”

The Northbank’s latest ‘tower’ stands as an innovative exemplar: a traditional-modular hybrid offering citizens affordable luxury. We worked closely with citizenM to design the modular steel cages used to create the bedrooms.

The group’s flagship hotel boasts 370 rooms with views of historical London.

VOTING is now open on the NLA website.

logo of FSB London Business Awards Finalist for Peter Dann Consulting Engineers

June ’17 – Peter Dann Shortlisted for FSB London Business Awards

8 June 2017

We’re pleased indeed to announce our place on the FSB 2017 Shortlist for the Green Impact Award. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday 20th July, where we look forward to meeting fellow shortlistees from all 22 categories.

Alconbury Weald Club New Build Exterior Front and side facades in glass and dark wood

June ’17 – Alconbury Weald Club Wins BCO Regional Award

1 June 2017

Peter Dann are happy to announce our Regional Award for the Alconbury Weald Club, Huntingdon – Projects up to 1500m2. The three-storey community space, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Wood Awards in 2016, accommodates a meeting hall, gym, public café and the offices of Urban & Civic. It boasts expansive finishes of exposed Australian Spruce and dark-stained timber cladding akin to a Scandinavian summer house.


Read the case study here.

Woolwich Ferry Exterior New Build with Stormy looking skies

May ’17 – Office-Rooms with a View for Woolwich Ferry

26 May 2017

As part of an improvement programme by TFL, a new Woolwich Ferry office has been built at Woolwich pier. The steel-framed single-storey building, with two-storey entrance lobby, provides a convenient location for staff, while wall-to-ceiling windows creates improved visibility for the monitoring of services.

Peter Dann were structural engineers on the project, which will benefit from the addition of two new berths in 2018 for two new diesel-electric boats.

May ’17 – The Last Module for Marriott Hotel, Edinburgh

25 May 2017

The final module is placed for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, Edinburgh. Next up: rooftop plant modules!

May ’17 – Progress Makes Perfect: New Marriott Hotel, Edinburgh

16 May 2017

This is the latest view of the new Marriott Hotel, under construction on the Heriot Watt University campus in Edinburgh.

The hotel will comprise 160 bedrooms with additional multi-purpose  rooms  in  the  top  storey  and  meeting  spaces,  dining and  lounge  areas  within  the  ground  floor.  It  is  part  of  the  new  National Performance Centre for Sport located on the campus which includes new state of the art sports facilities which will be used by the Scottish Football Association  and  the  Scottish  Rugby  Union.

Peter Dann have designed all of the substructure and superstructure for the building including mass concrete foundations, a steel frame ground floor podium structure with mezzanine level and the modular bedrooms. The entire building has been modelled in Revit allowing a fully coordinated building  model  to  be  created  including  structural,  architectural  and servicing  information.  As  for  previous  projects  carried  out,  the  modules are being constructed off-site in Poland ensuring high standards of finishes and minimal waste, and will be craned into position on top of the podium structure once it is completed in early 2017. The use of modular construction will  allow  a  reduced  on-site  construction  programme  compared  with traditional construction methods.

The final modules are due to arrive on May 22nd.


May ’17 – Launch Night: Peter Dann Thursday Club

12 May 2017

We’re pleased to announce the successful launch of our Thursday Club.

Barrafina, a popular tapas bar, played host to our inaugural ‘meeting of minds’ with key members across the construction sector. The event intends to encourage opportunities and the discussion of industry developments on a quarterly basis, fuelled, pleasingly, by lunchtime victuals and plenty of wine!

May ’17 – citizenM: Bowery is Looking Up in Downtown Manhattan

3 May 2017

Only two more floors of modules to go!

Dalston Lane Terraces rear exterior with upper elevations

March ’17 – Finishing Touches for Dalston Lane Terrace

30 March 2017

Dalston lane Terrace, an exciting new mixed-use build comprising 44 residential apartments and 10 retail units, is receiving its finishing touches.

The development, situated east of Dalston Junction Station, consists of a three storey steel frame, composite metal deck and light gauge joist floors. The project is undergoing a two-phased construction, with completion of phase 1 expected June 2017.


March ’17 – TOP NOTCH! Peter Dann Attends Topping Out Ceremony for Anglia Ruskin University

24 March 2017

Peter Dann’s Jonathan Hubert and Tommy Hodgson attended the builders’ rite last week for ARU’s new Science Centre. Together with Anglia Ruskin staff and representatives from main contractors Morgan Sindall, champagne popped on the roof-top of this £45million Cambridge build to mark a milestone (or mile-beam?) in construction.

As reported by the Cambridge Network, “The centre is due to open in September and will incorporate a 300-seat lecture theatre […] for science and a 200-station biosciences laboratory.”

Demand for science courses increased 51% by 2013 alone, and the completed centre will create a hub of expertise and innovation.

Mar ’17 – REDiculous Amounts of Fun for Red Nose Day!

24 March 2017

Cambridge had a lovely day for Red Nose Day!

Peter Dann’s London and Cambridge office have raised an impressive £111.25! Go Team!