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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!

RESI 2017

Directors, Paul Hartfree and Richard Dobson will once again be attending the RESI conference held on 13-15th September at the Celtic Manor, Wales.

If you are attending and would like to meet up with them, please contact Paul ( and Richard (

Conisbee Cruise

A highlight in the Conisbee social calendar, last month the team took part in a social cruise along the River Lea.

The cruise, on the Alfred Le Roy boat, started from Hackney Wick, went up to Springfield Park; and then turned around down to Stratford before returning to Hackney Wick. On the journey, the forty staff attending the cruise went past many interesting structures and buildings like the Olympic Stadium, Copper Box Arena and the Hackney Marshes Centre.

Conisbee’s Social Committee did a tremendous job organising a fun and educational event which made few sore heads on the Saturday!

NCE100 – Back in the Club!

Conisbee are delighted to confirm our place in the 2017 NCE100 Companies of the Year Awards and have been shortlisted in the Low Carbon Leader category.

Mark Hansford, editor of New Civil Engineer commented: “This year’s entries have really raised the bar and prove – if there was ever any doubt – that this industry is doing some incredible things. All 100 firms making the NCE100 have shared with us their philosophy and endeavors and proven that they are driving the industry forward, and we welcome them to the NCE100 Club.

The winners will be announced on 22 June at the Grosvenor House Hotel along with the countdown of the top 100, revealing who will be number 1 – the NCE100 Company of the Year. Fingers crossed!

MIPIM Cycling Success!

Conisbee’s Allan Dunsmore has managed to heroically complete a 1500km bike ride to Cannes! Cycling from London on Thursday, arriving in MIPIM on Tuesday afternoon after six days. Allan was 1 of just 20 people cycling the full 1500km distance, out of 160 cyclists.

Congratulations to Allan and his fellow cyclists for all their hard work!

The Legal and General Cycle to Mipim for Club Peloton has now raised an incredible £550,000 for their main beneficiary Coram. You can still donate here to support Allan’s hard work and help him reach his goal of £3,000.

‘The House That £100k Built’

Check out ‘The House That £100k Built’ on Wednesday 15th March. The challenge this week is to see how plausible it is to build a home under £50k and features a timber framed Conisbee project in East Anglia.

The programme is hosted by architect Piers Taylor and architectural journalist and critic Kieran Long who assist a family building a new house inspired by medieval timber frame homes.

Showing at 8pm on BBC Two, don’t miss it!

Ready, Set, Cycle!

And he’s off! Conisbee’s very own Allan Dunsmore has set his wheels in motion and is on his way to MIPIM. Joining over 160 fellow cycling enthusiasts, the riders departed London in the early hours of this morning on their 1500km ride to Cannes. Over the next six days the team will ride in relay format, completing at least two (of the five or six) stages every day, ranging from 40 – 60km each.

To show your support or donate to Allan’s chosen charity Coram, check out his sponsorship page or twitter @AllanDunsmore for updates and stories from the road.