Our trainee John Comer is just about to embark on the 2nd year of his HNC in Civil Engineering at Southampton Solent University. John joined WFBA after completing his A levels just over a year ago, as he was undecided about embarking on a university degree course. We immediately recognised his potential and encouraged him to embark on the HNC program at SSU with support from WFBA and after successfully completing his first year, John is looking forward to completing the course and moving forward with his career. Keep up the good work John!


Container Area Extended At Southampton Docks

The last 15 months have been an interesting challenge for Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA.  Civil Engineering Consultant Paul Todd has been overseeing the refurbishment of 45,000 square metres of concrete paving to provide further storage for the extension of DP World’s container storage facility at Southampton docks. The works also include drainage improvements with the installation of new drainage channels and oil interceptors, new lighting and power distribution ductwork, installation of a new water main and provision of a 6-metre high boundary wall as an isolation feature from the adjacent waste management area.

Work has been substantially completed by the main contractor, Fordingbridge based Earlcoate Construction Ltd on behalf of DP World and Associated British Ports.

“It has been a challenging civil engineering project for WFBA,” said Paul. “We had to maintain access for all the ongoing adjacent activities whist completing the works to a tight programme. Our main technical consideration was to retain and reuse as much of the existing concrete paving as possible able to take the weight of the container transporters and the stacked containers. In excess of 30,000 square metres of new paving has been laid. The boundary wall is 440 metres long.”

The project also involved the design of foundations for the additional five 30m high mast lights and also the support columns for the extensive surveillance camera network.

WFBA have designed and overseen many projects for ABP including a number of multi deck car parks,  surface car parking, and a new cruise terminal.

WFBA’s consultant civil engineer Paul Todd at the new container site.

WFBA’s consultant civil engineer Paul Todd at the new container site.


Job Offer After Summer Cinema Project

After offering Portsmouth University Student Jamie Harper a much contested Summer Placement, the expanding Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA has offered a full time job to start his career.   Jamie, 25 from Ringwood has had the ambition to become involved with the construction industry from a young age and both an uncle and a grandfather have urged him to consider following in their footsteps as a Civil Engineer.

WFBA Director Nick Groves says that in a short time with the consultancy, Jamie has been involved with a number of projects including the conversion and refurbishment of the Regal Cinema in Fordingbridge designed by local Architects BrightSpace to include a small, thirty seat cinema with a bar and eight, one-bedroom apartments, and retain and restore the art deco structure.

“Jamie, now in his 4th year at University, shows great potential to succeed in our industry so we are delighted that he has accepted our offer and will be welcomed to our team after completing his masters degree,” said Nick Groves.


Jamie Harper with the Fordingbridge Cinema plans.


Time To Refurbish Warsash Pier

The Warsash Pier, constructed in the mid nineties, is used for training courses offered by the Southampton Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy. It is now undergoing extensive refurbishment during the summer break under the direction of Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA. The project, led by WFBA’s Managing Director Bill Brown and his team, involves extreme pressure washing to remove the degraded paint system and rust from the structure, prior to repair and application of a new protection system.

“This is an SSSI site, so ensuring that controls are in place so that none of the waste arisings enter the water as we work along the structure has been a top priority.  This has been very challenging in this environment,” said Bill Brown. “The project also includes the replacement of corroded fixing bolts and concrete slab where bearings have failed.   Some of the piles also have to be replaced.”

Jeff Japes, Senior Building Surveyor for Southampton Solent University, said that the Pier will then be ready for the resumption of courses from September and face the day to day wear and tear caused by the constant use and weather conditions.



WFBA’s Bill Brown and Structural Engineer Oliver Stubbs with Jeff Japes prepare to inspect the quality of work on the Warsash Pier.


Sponsors Sought for New Equipment at the Nomansland Community and Sports Club House

Steve Hollick, one of the Technical Directors at Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA has met with Gideon Aymes to see the new Nomansland Community Club house and skate park now in operation after helping Gideon with the initial funding applications. 

It took Gideon, as fundraising officer of the Nomansland Sports Association four years raising almost £500,000 for the community project. WFBA supported the charity by working speculatively from the start on the design for this highly sustainable club house. The use of natural lighting, solar power, automatic occupation sensors, heat recovery and a highly insulated construction will mean that the energy consumption of the building will not be a burden on the charity in the future.

The Nomansland Sports Association is now looking for local sponsorship so that it can complete and furnish the facilities used by local residents and schools. The new facilities have already led to the formation of an additional football team and skate park club which is also looking for sponsors. 

“We are fundraising to purchase the furniture including changing room benches, storage cupboards, tables, fridge and freezer to support the club’s aim to involve young people aged between 5 and 16 in regular sport and outdoor activities,” said Gideon. “If we can raise enough, a new decking area outside the clubhouse would make it possible for football team supporters and parents to support these activities in comfort.”

Anyone wishing to support the sports charity can contact Gideon Aymes at nomanslandsportsassociation@yahoo.co.uk or call 07775 826818

Additional information please visit www.nomansland-sa.org.uk


(from left) Gideon Aymes thanks WFBA’s Steve Hollick.for the continued support at the new club house.

(from left) Gideon Aymes thanks WFBA’s Steve Hollick.for the continued support at the new club house.


WFBA Promotes Three Technical Directors

WFBA has responded to demand from the building and construction industry by restructuring its team and is embarking on a recruitment campaign to increase its team from 18 to potentially 28 over the next 12 months. WFBA’s Managing Director Bill Brown, who founded the £1 million turnover business in 1995, said that the restructuring has commenced with the promotion of 3 of their established engineering team to Technical Directors.

Clinton Lee has been a Project Engineer then Principal Engineer during his 15 years with WFBA and Steelwork specialist Philip Reynolds has held similar roles over the same period.  Steve Hollick has 10 years experience with the company, specialising in the draughting side of the business and expanding BIM capability to meet client demands.

“I’m delighted that these key people have accepted the challenge to help move the company forward,” said Bill Brown. “This creates a strong base to build from and we now look to employ further staff with a range of experience to complement these key appointments, including placement students from Universities through to Senior Engineers, to support the regions Architects and developers.”

WFBA have a diverse portfolio of projects, recently including new attractions at Paultons Park, housing developments from Cornwall to London, commercial developments for ABP in Southampton and retirement developments across the south for McCarthy & Stone.

From left: Clinton Lee, Philip Reynolds, Steve Hollick

From left: Clinton Lee, Philip Reynolds, Steve Hollick


Hampshire’s WFBA Celebrate Paultons Park Lost Kingdom Themed Rollercoaster Rides Success

Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering firm WFBA joined Paultons Family Theme Park Managing Director Richard Mancey to view visitors enjoying the new rollercoasters within the new Dinosaur themed Lost Kingdom attraction.

WFBA’s Director Nick Groves said that thanks to the conviction of the Paultons Management team to invite the best of regional businesses to support the development of the park, it was, perhaps unsurprisingly, their first opportunity to work in a theme park and in particular the structural support of rollercoasters.

“It’s definitely been a talking point with other clients and friends.  Our responsibility was to ensure that the foundations would carry the loads and forces specified by the ride designers and that they were in the right place to bolt the ride onto when it arrived from the manufacturer, ” said Nick Groves.  “We also designed the stations and other structures plus supports to many of the rock features around the site.”

His colleagues Sophie Hayes and Steve Hollick who worked on the precise structural calculations and setting out for the Velociraptor and Flight of the Pterosaur rollercoasters and other features on the site also congratulated Richard Mancey on the success of Lost Kingdom which opened on 17th May and has already proved to be extremely popular with guests visiting the Park.


From left: Sophie Hayes, Richard Mancey, Nick Groves, Steve Hollick

From left: Sophie Hayes, Richard Mancey, Nick Groves, Steve Hollick


Expanding Hampshire Structural Engineers Appoints new Technical Director

Expanding Hampshire Structural Engineers Appoints new Technical Director

Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering firm WFBA have welcomed Alastair Craig as Technical Director at the 20 year old consultancy.  The appointment is the start of an expansion programme that will see the team grow from 18 to more than 27 over the next 12 months.  Alastair Craig’s most recent roles since he qualified as a Chartered structural engineer includes an Associate position with Elliott Wood Partnership in central London and most recently as a Technical Director with Southampton based AKS Ward.

WFBA’s founder and Managing Director Bill Brown says that Alastair is the first of a number of key appointments to support their expansion this year and ensure that the company meets the standards demanded from its growing client base.

“We are delighted that Alastair has joined our dedicated team and that his ambition fits perfectly with that of my fellow director Nick Groves and I to enhance WFBA as we support major projects for the construction industry across the UK,” said Bill Brown.

From left: Bill Brown, Alastair Craig, Nick Groves

From left: Bill Brown, Alastair Craig, Nick Groves