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Meet us at MIPIM 2018

The Conisbee team will be attending the annual MIPIM conference in Cannes, held this year from the 13th-16th March. For your chance to meet up with one of the team, please contact Chloe Joanny.

RICS Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce that our project White Rock Baths which we worked on with Saville Jones Architects has been shortlisted for the RICS Awards 2018 in the Building Conservation and Community Benefit categories.

Built in 1879, White Rock Baths project was originally a Victorian subterranean baths complex situated next to the Hastings sea wall and directly below the sea front promenade, which had not been used since 1987 following a period as a skating rink centre. The building is now used as a nationwide hub for BMX and skateboarding, Source BMX Park.

The winner will be announced at the South East Awards Ceremony and Dinner on 08 May at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford.



Cycle to MIPIM 2018

We are delighted to announce that Director Allan Dunsmore will be taking part in The Legal & General Real Assets Cycle to MIPIM 2018 from 8th to 13th March to raise money for Coram and Club Peloton.

Allan will be joining over 160 riders in an epic 1500km ride to Cannes ahead of MIPIM; the annual international property conference.

The ride itself is extremely challenging, with early starts, long days and late finishes but all for a good cause, raising money for Coram. Founded in 1739, Coram is the UK’s first children’s charity. Since then, Coram has been helping to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our local communities and give children the chance of a better, brighter future.

Allan would welcome any support from our industry collaborators for this great cause and training in the current freezing conditions is well under way…

Please visit his fundraising page here!


AR New into Old Awards 2017

Feeringbury Barn Silo Conversion project which we worked on with Hudson Architects has been shortlisted for the Architectural Review New into Old awards.

The shortlist comprises 15 exciting and creative adaptive reuse projects from across the world. The AR New into Old award celebrates the successful adaptation of original architecture to contemporary functions as well as the varied remodelling strategies, such as innovative insertions, that make imaginative reuse possible.

Read more about the project here.

Photographs © Joakim Boren

Historic England Angel Awards 2017

Our project White Rock Baths which we worked on with Saville Jones Architects was joint winner at the Historic England Angel Awards 2017 in the category Best Rescue of a Historic Building. This award recognises volunteers and professionals, individuals and groups who have rescued a historic building.

Conisbee provided Structural Engineering services for the repair and refurbishment of the White Rock Baths project to enable the building to be used as an nationwide hub for BMX and skateboarding.

Read more about the project here.

Photographs © Rich Moore / Source BMX Park

MAPIC 2017

Director, Chris Boydell will be attending the MAPIC Conference held on 15-17th November in Cannes, France.

If you are attending and would like to meet up with him, please contact Chris.

Royal Albert Hall

Our long-term involvement with the Grade I listed Royal Albert Hall began in 1997 and has included the refurbishment of the Elgar Room which involved significant structural alterations to rationalise floor levels and provide support for new plant, followed by the refurbishment of Verdi one of the Hall’s most popular restaurant.

We also routinely assess loads imposed on the historic structure in connection with various shows to ensure that the specific equipment and rigging restraint requirements are adequately and safely met without damaging the structure or its finishes. As part of these assessments we undertook a detailed study of the complex wrought iron roof structure, recognised to be one of the best examples of Victorian iron engineering, to define acceptable loading regimes for different distributions of show equipment.

More recently we have been providing structural engineering design services for a new double height basement at the south west of the Hall as it upgrades its facilities. The new basement will provide much needed office space, plant space and a new artists’ bar. Access to the new space has required extending downwards by one storey under the footprint of the hall itself. The new basement is located near a large residential mansion block and Imperial College. The brick chimney which serves the hall is adjacent to the new basement. All are closely monitored during the course of the works.

We have taken pains to design the basement structure utilising low percussive silent piling techniques in conjunction with carefully sequenced traditional construction methods to minimise the impact on the sensitive surroundings. The permanent basement structure will consist of a reinforced concrete box whose walls are propped by the basement, middle and upper slabs through which are inserted the reinforced concrete core and service risers. The top slab at ground floor level will be designed for the envisaged highways loading.

Newfoundland Site Visit

A few engineers from Conisbee were invited to attend a site visit of the Canary Wharf Group’s latest residential 60 storey skyscraper Newfoundland.

The lucky attendees had a 2 hour tour of the structure which is currently at 30 storeys and even got to go up onto the jump form. Our group of engineers thoroughly enjoyed the site visit, learning about the design of this innovative structure.

Thank you to Canary Wharf Group PLC for this opportunity.

Weekend in Rotterdam

This year for the greatly anticipated weekend away, Conisbee visited Rotterdam. After a stop in Brussels for refreshments, the Conisbee team jumped on-board the Thalys to Rotterdam.

The Conisbee team managed to explore some of the best that Rotterdam has to offer; some impressive views from the Euromast, a boat trip on the Nieuwe Maas, an architectural tour of Rotterdam and taste some bitterballens of course! They finished off with a fabulous dinner at the New York Hotel before sampling Rotterdam night life.

Conisbee Director Richard and Conisbee Social Committee did a tremendous job organising this eventful weekend away!