Modern sustainable Structural Insulated Panel SIP house in London


McCarey Simmonds are responsible for the structural engineering design of the superstructure of a detached three storey residential house being constructed in Horsley, London.

Although clad in brick and dark zinc, the superstructure behind is of structural insulated panel SIP with steel framing in areas of high loads. The entrance and detached garage are sedum roofed.

The Architect is Australian born Luke Zuber who’s sympathetic yet highly modern design will bring an interesting mix to the street scene of Crouch Hall Road.

If you are considering a SIP build, give us a call for an informal chat.

Timber engineers for traditional green oak frame, Pegden Lodge, Scaynes Hill

McCarey Simmonds, specialist timber engineers, are designing a new house to be build of green oak in the style of a 16th Century ‘Wealden Hall House’.This is a type of vernacular medieval timber-framed yeoman’s house traditional in the south east of England. The aim is to satisfy Code for Sustainable Homes level 5.

When complete the building will be very similar to the Alfriston Clergy House below.

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The client, Peter Mahon is actively involved in the build process having set-up a Woodmizer sawmill to facilitate the milling of 500 tons of FSC English oak . Nick Caine of Thomlinson & Cain is the Master Carpenter crafting and erecting the oak frames on site with the whole process being Project Managed by the guiding hand of Alan Deane of AD Construction.

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The house which has a full plan basement will be lime rendered externally to complete the traditional look.

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Structural Engineers for Channel 4′s Grand Designs, Brighton

Residential, £1.0 million.
Works near completion on site at 42 Withdean Road, Brighton on a four storey residential house, constructed into the hillside overlooking the town, for business entrepreneur and keen artist, Barry Surtees. McCarey Simmonds were responsible for the structural engineering design of the superstructure, retaining walls and foundations. Designed by Brighton Architect, Bernard Howells, the construction was filmed as part of Channel 4 Television’s Grand Designs series.

The open glazed structure is formed in steelwork with precast concrete floors. The basement retaining wall structure, including indoor pool, are formed in Caltite waterproof concrete. An interesting feature is the glazed roof top bedroom pod that cantilevers dramatically over the front and rear of the building. The pod gives access to a roof top garden along with spectacular views across Brighton.