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Structural Engineering - Churches

Histon Baptist Church,
Histon, Cambridgeshire

The aim of the new Welcome Area was to make the church more accessible to the many users of the buildings from the village community. The Welcome Area is now a hub linking the halls to the main church building and the ramp gives improved access for wheelchair users. The total cost was 130,000.

The structural alterations to the existing Listed buildings included the raising of the stone cill to the South Window of the church, inserting a new beam pre-loaded against the cut stone mullions, the installation of a portal steel frame to open up the internal space and a glass roof with structural glass beams.


Silver Road Baptist Church,

Following a structural survey of the church buildings, it was apparent the tops of the walls on the sides of the sanctuary were leaning outwards. A close inspection of the roof trusses identified the cause of the leaning walls as a number of failed tenon joints in the large timber roof trusses, (shown inset) causing the trusses to spread at the eaves. In order to prevent any further spread of the joints were repaired using steel plates bolted to the faces of the tenon joints.






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