What a difference a month makes!

What a difference a month makes! Fantastic progress on our latest Travelodge project in Finsbury Park.

A challenging 8 storey concrete frame with a split-level lower ground and basement which required the installation of a combination of a Contiguous Piled wall and CFA piles close to the Piccadilly Line.

In the space of a month the entire lower ground and basement levels have been completed and the first section of the upper ground floor ready for concreting. Main contractor – Harvard Knight; Concrete frame contractor - Oliver Connell and Son Ltd; Architect – The Harris Partnership; Consultant Civil and Structural Engineer – WFBA.

 
Travelodge project in Finsbury Park

Travelodge project in Finsbury Park

 

Kirsten Joins Construction team at the Portsmouth Travelodge Site

 

The high-rise buildings of Portsmouth are soon to be joined by the 12 storey new Travelodge Hotel as preparations are made for it’s its accent into the skyline. Kirsten Glen from Plymouth University, who has just commenced a 1 year placement with the Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA, had the opportunity to visit the site next to Catherine House, the student housing flats on Stanhope Road, where Senior Technician Mark Montaniel and Civil Technician Sam Wicks have been ensuring that the drainage and below ground civil engineering work is fully coordinated  during the early stages of the build to ensure a smooth transition to superstructure construction. 

“The mix of disciplines involved to ensure the contractors can proceed with confidence is vital at this important stage,” said Kirsten Glen, who is studying Civil and Coastal Engineering. 

Working to designs by Maidenhead Architects SKDdesign, WFBA Director Nick Groves says that once opened in the spring of 2019, it will be the 20th hotel project for which the company has provided consultancy services. 

“Since April 2016 we have been looking at design options and assisting with obtaining planning permission, going thorough design development and producing final information for tender and construction.  Our team has used 3D modelling techniques to collaborate with the design and construction team in line with the principles of BIM.  The experience with Travelodge enables us to support the proven formula that works for the successful group, and its team of architects and construction management team,” said Nick Groves. 

WFBA’s Kirsten Glen, Sam Wicks and Mark Montaniel at the Stanhope road site where the new Portsmouth Travelodge will stand.

WFBA’s Kirsten Glen, Sam Wicks and Mark Montaniel at the Stanhope road site where the new Portsmouth Travelodge will stand.

 

Great Start For New Retail Park

 
Kevin Lendon  Mark Vincent,  Millngate MD Tony Sweeney   Bill Brown Steve Hollick Brockhurst Gate Retail Park, at Heritage Way Gosport Amiri Construction M&S Food, Lidl, Home Bargains, and The Food Warehouse by Iceland and a McDonalds drive thru

(From left) Amiri’s Directors Kevin Lendon and Mark Vincent,  Millngate  MD Tony Sweeney WFBA’s Directors Bill Brown and Steve Hollick.

 Good news in the retail sector can be hard to find but the new £9 m development at the Brockhurst Gate Retail Park, at Heritage Way, Gosport is a positive story for regional business.     The expanding Fareham based Amiri Construction and Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA joined developer Tony Sweeney Millngate Gosport Developments Ltd to not only celebrate the progress of the build with its imposing steel structure, but news that many of the 7 retail outlets have already gained  tenants.

Mark Vincent, Director at Amiri Construction, said that they are looking forward to an on time, on budget completion of the new retail park in November (2018):“We have had a month of brilliant weather to get the construction underway and we are delighted for our client who is expecting an even brighter future for the site.”

Tony Sweeney said that the location of the site will draw visitors from a wide radius around Gosport who will be able to enjoy the convenience of outlets from a number of national retailers including M&S Food, Lidl, Home Bargains, and The Food Warehouse by Iceland and a McDonalds drive thru.  These will create additional retail jobs for the area.

 

More Projects For McCarthy and Stone

The team at Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA has been awarded its 21st project for the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone.  The new build property in Winchester is to be designed by Inspire Design, one of the 3 framework architects appointed by the developer to design buildings that will be both functional and attractive at the acquired location. 

 The first McCarthy & Stone project involving the engineering team was Wickham, Hampshire in 2014. Nick Groves, Director at WFBA, said that the diverse designs by the architects  to meet site constraints ensure that the qualified team assigned to McCarthy & Stone projects never have to assess the same design twice, albeit there is a well considered layout strategy as part of the brand.

 “The various sites across the South and South West of England are all multi million pound new build projects that we are involved with from the initial concept design and planning stages through to delivery on site. Our experience with McCarthy & Stone and other national developers enables us to provide engineering solutions to enhance the success of the group and the wider design team,” said Nick Groves.  “We are pleased to play a significant role in successful project delivery for the retirement house builder.”

 WFBA has increase their professional team from 18 to 26 has been achieved over the last 12 months to expand their services to Architects, Developers and Planning Authorities across the UK.  The scale of projects can vary from a £15,000 private home extension to a £35 million commercial development.  Over 20 hotels for the Travelodge chain have also received the input from WFBA. One of the more unusual projects within the leisure industry was the latest roller coaster rides at Paultons Family Theme Park.

Demand for the WFBA team’s services has also increased over the last 12 months seeing turnover grow from £900K to £1.35million

New Travelodge Hotel for Portsmouth

 
New Travelodge Hotel for Portsmouth WFBA Director Nick Groves
 

WFBA have been celebrating news that the construction of the 11 storey, 152 room hotel with under croft car parking, will start in November 2017. Working to designs by Maidenhead Architects SKDdesign, WFBA Director Nick Groves says that once opened in the spring of 2019, it will be the 20th hotel project for which the company  has provided consultancy services.

 

“Since April 2016 we have been looking at design options and assisting with obtaining planning permission, going thorough design development and producing final information for tender and construction.  Our team has used 3D modelling techniques to collaborate with the design and construction team in line with the principles of BIM.  Our experience with Travelodge enables us to support the proven formula that works for the successful group, and its team of architects and construction management team,” said Nick Groves.  “We are pleased to provide a vital link in the further expansion of this successful hotel chain.”

 

Hampshire based Management Contractor DNA IC Limited have been coordinating the design and build process on behalf of CHG Property Developments Ltd and will be building the new addition to Portsmouth’s skyline.

 

Helping Travelodge Expand

Nick Groves at the Andover Travelodge

Nick Groves at the Andover Travelodge

Director Nick Groves says that the expanding hotel group Travelodge has given his Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA very little time to rest as they have gain the instruction to apply their expertise to the 9th hotel project within the last 18 months.  This takes the total to 20 Travelodge projects since 2004.

 

In the South and South West of England, hotels at Weston Super Mare and Andover are the most recently opened, Harrow is in the final phase of construction and sites at Burnham on Sea, Swindon and Portsmouth are in the final stages of planning. Other project locations await instruction. Whilst for each project the Travelodge model is fairly standard, the sites are all different and require careful consideration as to the viability of the development in respect of the ground conditions and drainage solutions. Budgets are keen so design solutions need to be keen also.

 

“The latest sites are all multi million pound new build projects that we are involved with from the initial concept design and planning stages through to delivery on site. Our experience with Travelodge enables us to support the proven formula that works for the successful group, and its team of architects and construction management team,” said Nick Groves.  “We are pleased to provide a vital link in the successful hotel chain.”