Structural Engineering - Conservation
George enjoys working on the conservation of both historic and modern buildings.
He has been involved with the conservation, alterations and extension of several
Grade 2 Listed buildings and modern steel and concrete buildings. Below are two
examples of such projects.
Jesus College, Cambridge
Structural alterations and repairs were
designed for several of the Staircase Blocks as well as the conversion
of the former library to study bedrooms for this Grade 2 Listed building
in the heart of Cambridge.
During the works 15th Century
load-bearing oak studs were exposed that had rotten bases. The rotten
timber was carefully cut out and the stud wall underpinned with
engineering brickwork and concrete footings. Other structural repairs
included strengthening the timber roofs, brickwork, stonework and beam
and pot concrete floors.
Histon Baptist Church,
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.