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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.

Happy International Women’s Day

“Conisbee are delighted to be involved in the NLA’s Inspiring Women Campaign. For us it’s about recognising the talents of women in engineering and doing something positive to address equality across the industry. It all starts with breaking down stereotypes and reinforcing the fact that being exemplary isn’t a matter of gender. We need to further support the professional development of women and encourage them to participate fully in the industry and most importantly, as leaders; to have them aspire to reach their full potential.”

Cycling for Coram…

Its only three weeks to go before Conisbee’s Allan Dunsmore and the rest of the Legal and General Real Assets Cycle team set off to MIPIM. There’s still time to get involved – so please show your support by helping Allan reach his £3000 target for charity, Coram and give him something extra to keep those legs pumping on the steep climbs through France….

Visit his sponsorship page here


Vote now – ‘Your BREEAM Award’

Conisbee’s 126 Pavilion Road has been nominated for a ‘Your BREEAM Award’, where shortlisted projects are put to the public vote. Support  us by giving your vote now @BREEAMAwards.

Located in the heart of a conservation area within the Cadogan Estate, this former mews house has been designed to both BREEAM and the Passivhaus EnerPHit Standards, while retaining its historic character. Breathable external insulation has been added to the façade, with windows and roof-lights replaced with triple-glazed timber units. The building has an MVHR unit with CO2 sensors and energy management controls.

Past, Present and Future

In 2016 the Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland awarded Glaswegian arts organisation NVA £4.2m to renovate St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross. The intention is to preserve the A Listed building and use it as an arts venue.

With the help of this investment, the 1960’s modernist ruin is now being transformed into a space for arts and performance, partially restoring the original site and allowing it to become a usable space. Conisbee acted as structural consultants in order to appraise the site and the conservation issues involved in maintaining it.

The BBC’s coverage and images of the future use of St Peter’s Seminary can be found here.