News Archive

Derelict site to be developed for residential use

Plans to redevelop the McArthurs Warehouse site on Gas Ferry Road in Bristol have been approved by Bristol City Council. The site has been vacant for more than 20 years and is one of the last remaining development plots surrounding Bristol's Floating Harbour.

Martin Hathaway marks 40th year at Clarkebond

We’re delighted to congratulate Clarkebond Director, Martin Hathaway, on achieving this career landmark which has given us pause for thought about some of the significant changes in the company since Martin started working for Clarkebond as a project engineer in 1977.

Award winning residential development prepares for next phase

A detailed planning application is being prepared for a continuation of the award winning Erith Park development in Erith, Kent. Arthur Street will follow on from Phases 1 and 2 which won the RICS London Regeneration Project of the year 2016.

Housebuilder’s award win recognises Clarkebond’s residential expertise

Clarkebond’s has significant experience of providing a range of engineering consultancy services in the residential sector and was delighted to have their expertise recognised recently with an award from one of Britain’s largest housebuilders.

Structures and cladding specialist returns to Clarkebond!

Clarkebond is delighted to welcome back Philip Esper to its London office. Philip has been working in the Middle East for a number of years and has returned to take up the position of Director of Special Structures and Cladding.

Ground engineering a £37m Theme Park on former opencast colliery site

A former opencast colliery site, Pithouse West, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, is set to be regenerated to enable the creation of Gulliver’s Valley, a £37m family theme park.

Congratulations to a fine fellow!

Neil Marks, Commercial Director of multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Clarkebond, has been made a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Clarkebond appointed to NHS operating theatre project

Clarkebond have been appointed to provide structural and civil engineering consultancy services on a £6m project for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

Landmark Broadmead building to get makeover and new occupiers

A planning application to refurbish and convert the former home of BHS in the centre of Broadmead, Bristol into two separate retail units with new facades has received approval from Bristol City Council.

Clarkebond is on the up and up!

Clarkebond has moved up the rankings in Building Magazine’s Top 150 Consultants league tables for the fourth consecutive year!

Torbay manufacturing unit has concrete start on rocky ground

Contractors have moved in to start excavation work and pouring concrete foundations prior to the construction of a new 65,000 sq ft manufacturing unit at Midas Developments’ Torbay Business Park, Paignton.

Construction started on first phase of Exeter residential development

Construction of phase one of a 430 unit residential scheme in the village of Pinhoe on former farm land on the north east outskirts of Exeter has started on site.

Facade Design – Engineering to maximise value and minimise risks

The role of façade engineering in construction has been thrown into the spotlight recently. As well as achieving the architect’s vision, the façade engineer’s design must consider many other factors including buildability, maintenance, life-cycle, sustainability and safety.

Congratulations to Clarkebond Engineer James Edmonds – fastest British backstroke swimmer at FINA World Masters Swimming Championships 2017

Clarkebond Principal Structural Engineer, James Edmonds, based in the Bristol office travelled to Budapest last week, to compete in the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships and gave an outstanding performance as the fastest Brit across all age groups in both the 50 m and 100 m backstroke events.

Design and construction challenges of a new inner city school

The successful completion of a brand new £4.5m primary school, built on a tight inner city former factory site, is testament to the skill and expertise of a wide range of engineers involved in the project.

How sustainable is the transport planning of large scale housing developments?

This is the subject of a presentation to be delivered by Clarkebond’s Head of Transport Planning, David Knight BEng(Hon) TPP FCILT MCIHT, at a one-day CPD event being held by The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation in London on the 13th September.

Planning granted for £30m expansion of Britvic soft drinks facility

Britvic Soft Drinks has been granted planning permission to build a new distribution warehouse alongside their existing bottling and distribution plant in Rugby. Clarkebond is providing civil, structural and ground engineering services and transport planning on the scheme.

1st Class Result for experienced student

Congratulations to Clarkebond summer placement student Jonny Witter who has just graduated from Exeter University with a 1st class degree in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics.

Ramping up the shopping experience

A mixed retail and residential development in Mill Street, Aberystwyth with a number of interesting engineering features, is now fully open for business.

Clarkebond recognised for civil engineering excellence in NCE100 rankings

Clarkebond has been recognised as one of the top civil engineering practices in the country for the second consecutive year, moving up 14 places on their 2016 position.

New state-of-the-art facilities for donkey care open for business

A centre of excellence in the field of donkey care in Sidmounth, East Devon, is now benefitting from a substantial expansion and development project. The project has delivered a brand new, sustainable, state-of-the-art veterinary hospital and research centre, new stabling and isolation paddocks. Further work to create a visitor centre, and restaurant is due to be completed at the end of the summer.

Clarkebond delivers new schools package in Devon

Construction is now complete on 3 new schools in Devon

Work started on Plymouth residential development with doctors' surgery

Work has started on a new development on former car park site at West Hoe, Plymouth, which will provide a doctors’ surgery, apartments and four-bedroom townhouses.

Planning granted for residential development on former gasworks

A former Bristol gas works site which has been derelict for more than 40 years is set to be redeveloped after planning consent was granted for a 58 unit residential scheme.

Design Challenges of Bristol’s Castle Bridge

Bridging the River Avon between the new Finzels Reach development at the former Courage Brewery site in Bristol and Castle Park proved to be anything but straightforward.

Brewery planned for Bath and West Showground site

Clarkebond are providing pre-planning geotechnical, Transportation, civil and structural engineering services to support a planning application for a new £4.4m purpose-built 5000m2 ‘craft’ brewery and restaurant on part of the site of the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet in Somerset.

Work starts on latest Bath Western Riverside development

The latest development on Bath’s Western Riverside, Roseberry Place, has taken a step forward with contractors moving in to start enabling works including demolition of buildings, site clearance and remediation of any contamination.

Clarkebond win contract to enhance student experience at Marjon

Students at the historic Marjon University near Plymouth are set to benefit from a £3m construction project that will redevelop and extend part of the original 1970s concrete frame building to improve student facilities.

Going up! Creating building space where there is none!

As Westminster launched a consultation last week on tall buildings stating clearly that it was ‘not about sky scrapers’, the controversy was already beginning. The Evening Standard’s lead story was headlined ‘Skyscrapers in Westminster?’ and the article claimed that ‘A new crop of towers could be on the way in’.

Contractors on site for £85m retail and leisure scheme in Eastbourne

A £85m extension to The Beacon in Eastbourne which will deliver an additional 175,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, has started on site. Clarkebond has provided structural, civil and ground engineering design for the whole redevelopment scheme.

Transportation plans for Cheltenham care home conversion approved

Cheltenham Borough Council has granted planning permission for the conversion of a care home into offices, with new build residential units alongside, after their concerns over car parking were allayed by Clarkebond’s negotiations and transport planning assessment.

Clarkebond topping the civil engineering charts again!

For the second year running Clarkebond has been ranked amongst the top civil engineering companies in the country in New Civil Engineer’s NCE100 list.

Concrete News on Clarkebond high-rise project

A new high-rise student accommodation building in Cardiff is set to become a landmark building for Wales and a significant addition to the city’s landscape.

Clarkebond advise on warehouse re-development for residential use

Revised plans for the development of the McArthurs Warehouse site on Gas Ferry Road in Bristol are being considered by Bristol City Council following a public consultation. The site has been vacant for more than 20 years and is one of the last remaining development plots surrounding Bristol's Floating Harbour.

Clarkebond to target rail with specialist appointment

Clarkebond has announced the appointment of rail specialist, Dave Rylatt, who will be spearheading the company’s drive into the rail market.

Extra-care residential development reaches key stage of construction

A residential extra-care facility has reached a key stage in development with the completion of the ground floor. Clarkebond is providing design services including structures, drainage, retaining walls and piled foundations on the new facility for Liverty at Parmin Close in Taunton, Somerset.

Clarkebond welcomes new BIM Manager

Clarkebond is delighted to welcome Andy Dyer as its new BIM (Building Information Modelling) Manager. Andy will be responsible for the management of the BIM process and procedures and for coordinating BIM activities in the civil and structures teams across all Clarkebond offices.

Clarkebond transport expert appointed to Sustainable Transport Panel

Clarkebond’s Head of Transport Planning, David Knight, has been appointed to the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CHIT) Sustainable Transport Panel.

Clarkebond Director to advise UN on disaster risk reduction

A director of the multidisciplinary engineering consultancy, Clarkebond, has been invited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), to be part of a group that will be advising the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on the Sendai Framework initiative.

What can be done about damage to Glazed Terracotta in buildings?

Whilst the popularity of Terracotta in construction has declined, the historic widespread use of the material, particularly within our cities, has left an aging building stock with Terracotta in need of conservation.

Clarkebond appointed to new bonded warehouse for Thatchers

Clarkebond has been appointed to provide a wide range of engineering services to Thatchers for the proposed development of a new bonded warehouse at their Myrtle Farm premises in Sandford in Somerset.

Clarkebond boosts transport planning team with graduate appointment

Following a year of increasing demand for their services, Clarkebond’s Transportation Planning team has been boosted by the appointment of an additional transport planner, Chris Brooke, a graduate of the University of Portsmouth.

The engineering challenges of transforming offices with history to high end apartments!

Work is progressing on a scheme to transform a terrace of 6 Georgian town houses with an adjoining modern office into 30 high quality apartments with associated car parking and communal facilities.