Structural Engineering, Recording Studio.

Private. £1.7 million.

Works near completion on a recording studio for a musician. McCarey Simmonds are responsible for the design and detailing of the superstructure and substructure along with the sub-surface drainage, assisted by drainage specialists gta Civils. The structure comprises of a sedum flat roof supported on a framework of Glulam timbers. The timber, finished to a very high specification is supplied by specialists Cowley Timberwork. The external walls are constructed in Bouyer Leroux BioBric’s, supplied by Lime Firms, which have very high energy efficiency and acoustic properties. The outer skin is of locally sourced Somerset stone.

Lime Firms provided materials, comprehensive BioBric product support and training in conjunction with the manufacturer, to enable the fast build-rates possible with BGV bricks to be achieved.

The building, which has been designed to a very high standard by Architects WCEC, has been sunk into the ground to limit it’s impact on the surrounding countryside. The large inclined vertical glazing within the main recording studio space gives fantastic views across the spectacular North Somerset countryside.

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.

Architectural, Civil and Structural Engineering services on Guernsey

McCarey Simmonds are working in association with Martel Design Limited to provide Architectural, Civil and Structural Engineering services in Guernsey and throughout the Channel Islands.

Architectural, Civil and Structural Engineering services in Guernsey

Paul Martel has over 20 years construction consultant experience on Guernsey together allowing us to provide high quality Architectural, Civil and Structural design services backed up by a highly experienced ‘on-island’ team attending client meetings and providing on site technical guidance.

Glider Hangar, Southdowns Gliding Club, England


Glider hanger

Works are under way on the erection of the steel frame for a 100 metre x 15 metre glider hangar on the edge of the beautiful Southdowns in Southern England.

The Southdown Gliding Club commissioned McCarey Simmonds to design and detail a cost effective and economical structure suitable for housing  up to 20 of  the clubs aircraft.

The structure consists of 22 steel frames formed of universal beam main rafters supported by inclined square hollow section posts with each frame fixed to concrete trench foundation. The club members elected to corrosion paint the frames themselves as a means of limiting the construction costs.

McCarey Simmonds would be happy to help other clubs with similar hangar projects. Contact us on +44 (0)1273 808820

The project Architect is George Baxter, who is also an active Southdowns Gliding Club member.

City Electrical Factors, Greenwich

McCarey Simmonds assist Hurnco Construction in their refit of City Electrical Factors Greenwich branch. Our brief includes for the structural design to allow alterations to the shop front and the construction of office and mezzanine storage facilities.

Roof Terrace, Terminal 1, Dublin Airport.

Television gardener Diarmuid Gavin is designing a roof terrace for the airside bar in the Terminal One Extension at Dublin Airport. Its centre piece will be a large double helical steel structure, clad in timber, engineered and detailed by McCarey Simmonds.

The bar/restaurant will have seating for 300 people and the 2,500 sq ft roof terrace, which is being designed by Diarmuid Gavin, will be a key feature of the development.

Environmental housing for Wolverhampton City Council.

30 apartments and terrace housing. £4.0 million.

This November, Cross Street South, the Midland’s first Eco community in Wolverhampton, won the Sustainable Housing Award for ‘Sustainable larger social housing project of the year’ at a ceremony hosted by impressionist, comedian, and committed environmental campaigner, Alistair McGowan, at London’s Hilton Hotel.

This ground breaking development, the superstructure structural engineering which was designed by McCarey Simmonds, provides 27 eco-friendly flats and 3 houses that uses up to 50% less energy than standard homes, only needing 2 kilowatts of heat as opposed to the usual 8 to 10. It also uses a range of low maintenance materials such as cedar cladding and recycled wood in its kitchen units. The grass roof provides good insulation and keeps the homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Other eco friendly aspects include a community recycled wood chip boiler, which provides all of the heating and hot water for the homes, low energy lighting, composting, recycling bins, water butts and high performance softwood and double-glazing.

Cornerstone Children’s Centre, Yiewsley Baptist Church, Yiewsley, West Drayton, Middlesex.

Educational. £0.75 million.

McCarey Simmonds, as structural and civil engineers, assist architect and educational specialist Mark Dudek on a new Childrens Centre at Yiewsley Baptist Church, Yiewsley, West Drayton, London. McCarey Simmonds are responsible for the superstructure design and the substructure foundation, below ground drainage and external hard landscaping design.