The UK’s number one family theme park, Paultons Park, has announced details of a major new world of attractions which will open to the public in May next year.

WFBA are proud of their involvement with Paultons Park's most recent addition ‘Tornado Springs’ a creative imagining of a Midwest desert resort town set in the American heyday of the 1950’

WFBA is a Romsey based Civil and Structural Engineering company which has been working alongside Paultons Park for several years on attractions such as Lost world and Peppa Pig World

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WFBA are proud of their involvement with Paultons Park's most recent addition ‘Tornado Springs’.

 

Highest Turnover Achieved

Currently reaching their highest recorded turnover to date (exceeding £1.60m) with a fantastic range of construction projects to work on, Nick Groves, one of the founding directors of Romsey based WFBA consulting civil and structural engineers, expects the construction industry to remain buoyant in the south once the reality of Brexit and the implications are known.  He is confident that most of the projects delayed by some investors will be given the green light for construction once positivity is regained.

 “Our investment in qualified people has continued and we now have our largest team since the business started in 1995, currently numbering 32 with an additional 2  engineers to join next month.  The demand we are facing is from many market sectors including Commercial (office, retail, manufacturing and warehousing) , Residential, Education, Hotel and Leisure, Refurbishment and Marine related projects, and as our capability has expanded so has the scale of the projects we are able to handle.”

 Despite the pressures on available land, WFBA has consulted on more residential projects this year for companies including Bargate Homes, McCarthy and Stone and Travelodge across Southern England, as well as projects for Port and Marine owners, including ABP and MDL. The company also provides independent forensic investigations to determine if mistakes have been made, either during the design or construction phases of a  project when it has become subject to a legal dispute.

 The professional team at WFBA continue to play a major part within the Southern Regional Group of The Institution of Structural Engineers and support the work of Portsmouth University as it encourages apprenticeship degrees within many sectors of the construction industry.

 
Nick Groves, one of the founding directors of Romsey based WFBA consulting civil and structural engineers

Nick Groves, one of the founding directors of Romsey based WFBA consulting civil and structural engineers

 

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

 

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.

 

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.”