News Archive

Clarkebond wins work at Hinkley Point C

Multidisciplinary engineers Clarkebond have been appointed to provide civil and structural engineering services for the construction of essential infrastructure buildings at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station being built by EDF Energy.

Clarkebond takes Devonport Market Hall to next stage

The transformation of the derelict Devonport Market Hall into a digital centre for arts, community activity, enterprise and visitors has taken a step forward. Clarkebond structural engineers have been commissioned to prepare for a detailed planning submission and for tendering the works.

Five City of London buildings make one Aparthotel

A new aparthotel has opened in the City of London following extensive works to create a single establishment from five very different buildings.

Creative engineering gives first class results for school!

Pupils at the Mendip Free School are now enjoying a brand new school with excellent facilities thanks to creative engineering by Clarkebond which resolved a wide range of challenges within a tight budget!

Clarkebond Engineers appointed to new national Brunel museum

Clarkebond has been appointed by the ss Great Britain Trust to provide structural engineering services on the new national Brunel museum alongside Bristol’s Floating Harbour.

Bristol Grammar School Performing Art Centre shows class!

The newly opened performing arts centre at Bristol Grammar School has been show-cased to members of the FBE Great Western division who were taken on a tour of the facility last week.

Clarkebond marks milestone birthday in outstanding year!

Staff from across all Clarkebond’s offices came together this month to mark the 70th year since the company started and to celebrate some significant achievements in an outstanding year for the company.

New Head of Structures at Clarkebond

Clarkebond has announced the appointment of a new Head of Structures in its Bristol office.

“Early assessment of site constraints is key to avoiding development delays”

Residents have moved into the first built phase of a new residential development off Arnold’s Way in Yatton, North Somerset, blissfully unaware that their move-in date could have been much later without the early involvement of engineers in the development.

Clarkebond gains ground in Building’s Top Consultants List

Following a year that has seen turnover and headcount increase by 20%, Clarkebond has moved a further 7 places up in Building’s 2016 Top 150 Consultants List.

Students move into New Bridewell development

A new development built to accommodate 500 Bristol students over 15 floors in the heart of the city centre has opened to welcome the new student intake this month.

What should you know about Regent Street Disease?

Most people would agree that prevention is better than cure, but in some instances prevention is impossible, leaving the cure as the only option. This is the situation with Regent Street disease (RSD).

Flooding –mitigating the risk to buildings in areas prone to flooding

A report issued by accountancy company KPMG following the December 2015 floods in the UK estimated the cost to business to be over £100m, with many companies having insufficient insurance to cover the damage and losses incurred.

Clarkebond team double win at Construction Excellence Awards

Clarkebond were delighted to have two of their projects recognised by award wins at the recent Construction Excellence Wales awards ceremony.

£10m package of three new Devon schools underway

Contractors from BAM Construction are now on site to begin a £3.5 million construction value scheme to replace the current outdated buildings at Ladysmith Junior School in Exeter with a modern design with facilities fit for 21st century learning.

Clarkebond appointed by Boden for London head office expansion

Clarkebond has been appointed by Boden on a project to refurbish and expand their head office and warehouse premises on Victoria Road in north London.

Will floating houses be the answer to increasing flood events?

Plans have been submitted to develop a luxury lakeside 224 unit residential scheme in Theale, Berkshire which will include 24 ‘canfloat’ homes - homes that are designed to rise with floodwaters.

Clarkebond paddles into the SUP Cup Finals to raise money for RNLI

Along with 15 other teams from the region, four highly tuned athletes from Clarkebond took part in the recent Bristol Stand Up Paddleboard Cup to raise money for the RNLI.

Clarkebond appoints Associate Director for Structural Engineering

Clarkebond has welcomed Mike Baughan as Associate Director for Structural Engineering in its Bristol office.

Developers and planners: Why you should speak to your engineers as soon as possible!

Developers and planners should speak to their engineers as early as possible in the development process. Well, we would say that wouldn’t we? But actually there could be considerable commercial benefits to seeking the advice of an appropriate consulting engineer at the very early stages of a development.

Planning granted for Dorset quarry extension

Planning permission has been granted by Dorset Country Council for the extension of an existing quarry to allow the operators to ensure the production of sands and gravel for another 10 years.

Clarkebond in NCE 2016 Top Civil Engineering Companies List

New Civil Engineer’s NCE100 assessment of ‘the top firms in civil engineering based on the cultures, competencies and skillsets that matter most’ has ranked Clarkebond in its top 100, ahead of many of its much larger peers.

Clarkebond signs up to WISE’s 10 Steps

Clarkebond has formalised its commitment to recruit, retain and develop women in engineering by becoming a signatory to the WISE 10 Steps framework.

Erith Park wins RICS award!

Erith Park has won London Regeneration Project of the year at the London Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards (RICS).

Clarkebond Highway Consultants evidence wins planning approval on appeal

When a commercial property company was refused planning permission for a series of simply worded office space letting boards at a site adjacent to a trunk road, they decided to appeal the decision and appointed Clarkebond to prepare evidence for the appeal hearing.

Clarkebond provide commercial solutions to difficult ground on residential developments in Lyme Regis

Challenging ground conditions are often associated with brownfield sites, but occasionally greenfield sites can prove as tricky and need specialist engineering skills to provide commercially viable design solutions.

Clarkebond welcomes new civil engineer to its growing Exeter team

Clarkebond is pleased to welcome civil engineer Halim Davey to its Exeter team.

Second student accommodation tower in Cardiff receives approval

Plans for a 26-storey student accommodation tower in the centre of Cardif have been given the go ahead by Cardiff City Council.

Persistence pays!  Planning now approved for Cheddar Homes

Following several years work and many plan revisions to address challenges to the application, a resolution to grant planning permission for 90 new homes in Cheddar, Somerset has been approved.

Growth leads to key appointments and promotions at Clarkebond

Following a year that has seen turnover and headcount increase by 20%, a number of further key appointments and promotions have been made at multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Clarkebond across their UK offices.

Clarkebond appointed for Market Hall development

Clarkebond is one of four South West firms that have successfully secured key roles in the Market Hall development in Devonport, Plymouth.

Clarkebond specialist to speak at RICS Conference

The annual flagship RICS Building Surveying Conference will be held at the QE11 Centre in London on 19th April and this year will feature Clarkebond director, Bill Keane, as one of the impressive line-up of specialist guest speakers.

Trowbridge retail scheme moving forward

A new retail development on the edge of Trowbridge in Wiltshire has taken a step forward with the completion of the foundation stage of construction. The 2,652 sq m scheme, comprising several retail units, including an M&S Simply Food store, Subway, Pizza outlet, and a Toby pub/restaurant, is on track for completion before the end of 2016.

Erith Park regeneration project shortlisted for RICS award

An ambitious scheme to redevelop a 1970’s high-rise blight in the London Borough of Bexley has been shortlisted for a prestigious RICS award in the category for Regeneration.

Developers: Will recent EA changes to Climate Change Allowances affect your schemes?

New Environment Agency Climate Change Allowances came into effect in England on February 19th 2016, which means that flood extents and flood levels associated with extreme flooding events have generally increased in parts of England, with the increase varying from one river catchment to another.

Plans for Wales’ tallest building approved

Clarkebond structural engineers have been appointed to design a student accommodation building which at 42 floors high will be the tallest building in Wales and the tallest student accommodation in the UK.

Clarkebond Project Shortlisted for Ground Engineering Award

A Clarkbond project has been shortlisted for a prestigious 2016 Ground Engineering Award in the category for UK Projects with a Geotechnical Value of between £1M and £3M.

Cellophane factory site cleaned up for Hinkley C workers’ campus

A 50 hectare area of Bridgwater, Somerset, once the site of the largest CellophaneTM -producing factory in the world, has been decommissioned and remediated in order to provide land for as part of a wider consented development of 2,000 dwellings and 750,000 sq ft of commercial space. The site is one of three that EDF Energy is proposing for development with temporary accommodation for workers at the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project, prior to eventual handover for residential/commercial redevelopment.

Changes to Flood Defence Permits imminent

From the 6th April 2016, pending Parliamentary approval, Food Defence Consents will be replaced by Permits for Flood Risk Activities and integrated into the Environmental Permitting framework.

Award recognition for first year engineering apprentice

A first year Clarkebond apprentice has been awarded a prestigious Quest Technician Scholarship from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Clarkebond transport experts agree access strategy for 1300 home development

Clarkebond has been appointed to provide transport planning and highway engineering services on an allocated site in South Wales. Following the agreement in principle of the access strategy with the Welsh Government and the local highway authority, the project is now moving forward in earnest and Clarkebond will be meeting the authorities shortly to discuss detailed development of the access proposal and to scope the Transport Assessment.

Clarkebond appoints specialist to lead facade and specialist engineering team

We are delighted to announce that Omar Al-Omar has joined Clarkebond to lead our façade and specialist engineering team

Bridgwater landfill blight set for redevelopment

Planning permission has been submitted for a 2.5 hectare extension to the existing Bridgwater Retail Park, to be constructed primarily on the site of a former cellophane factory landfill in the heart of a commercial and retail area in Bridgwater.