Barking College

Client: Barking College

This project involved the full structural package, drainage, highways and car-parking zones.

The original structure of portalised frames was estimated by design at approximately 140 tonnes.

Our approach, given the 7.0 m x 7.0 m grid, was to use tubular columns on cantilevers with roof beams spanning over the top. The beams overrun with simple joints along the length where moment forces are lowest. Therefore the roof beams could be designed as continuous making them five times more stiff.

This simplified structure reduced the original tonnage estimate by more than 100 tonnes.

Esher College, Surrey

Client: Esher College

The project comprised the design of a new Art Block, Sports Hall and external lift at the main entrance to the College.

The new Gymnasium was designed with a slender frame for economy avoiding the use of an expensive traditional portalised steel structure.

The entrance to Esher College was modified to allow for disabled access by the insertion of a glass block lift shaft supported by a steel frame.

North light was an important aspect in the design of the frame for the Art Centre. Once again a slender steel frame with pin joints for economy was used with hidden bracing in the sides of cupboards