News Archive

Clarkebond provide engineering solutions for new crematorium

A new crematorium, set in a tranquil rural setting overlooking a lake in Watermead, Buckinghamshire, has been completed and is now ready to open for business. Clarkebond provided civil and structural engineering services for the facility’s developer and operator, The Westerleigh Group

New urology centre will ‘transform the patient experience’

A new urology centre, set to transform the patient experience at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has opened for patients. The £3.3m The Stokes Centre for Urology, will provide significant increased capacity and convenience for people in the south of England and will ease current long waiting times, diagnostic delays, availability of specialist equipment and treatments.

Transformation of central Bristol landmark site underway

Work is well underway to transform the historic site of the former Courage Brewery in the centre of Bristol into an exciting new space for living and working. Rich in industrial history, the Fermentation Buildings and Compressor Building are set to be developed into commercial, retail and leisure space and a micro-brewery.

Demolition to start at Bristol’s Stokes Croft Development

The long awaited demolition of Westmoreland House and the structure behind the Carriageworks building facade in Stokes Croft, Bristol, is starting. This is the first phase of redevelopment of the whole site which, when complete, will comprise 6 residential blocks and some retail units.

Clarkebond boosts Transport Planning service with senior appointments

Clarkebond has made two new senior appointments to support the next phase of growth in Clarkebond’s Transport Planning services.

Clarkebond supports United Nations on Myanmar critical healthcare project

An 8-year masterplan for a $75m project to expand and substantially upgrade the Sittwe General Hospital in Myanmar has been submitted to the United Nations

Autumn start planned for new Southwark hotel on former college site

Construction of a seven-storey, 274-room Premier Inn on a former college site in Southwark close to London landmarks including The London Eye and the Royal Festival Hall, is set to start this autumn. Clarkebond is providing civils, geo-environmental and structural engineering design, including, basement impact assessment, masterplanning support, a detailed flood risk assessment and flood emergency management plan, for the new hotel development.

Multi-million pound redevelopment of Gloucester quarter nears completion

Named to commemorate a friary church that was originally founded in 1231, Greyfriars Quarter, a 265 dwelling development in Gloucester, is nearing completion.

Clarkebond shortlisted for 2018 Building Award

Clarkebond are thrilled to have been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Building Awards. The shortlisted entry is in the Small Projects Category and is for the Being Brunel museum in Bristol, which sits on the harbourside alongside the SS Great Britain.

Clarkebond returner becomes Chartered Civil Engineer

Marina Lazar is Clarkebond’s latest civil engineer to achieve chartered status. Marina first worked for Clarkebond for over 6 years until 2013 when she left to broaden her experience in two other consultancies before returning to Clarkebond as Senior Structural Engineer last year.

Clarkebond appointed to Havering Council's £1bn Urban Renewal Programme

Clarkebond has been appointed to provide a range of engineering services on the first phase of a £1 billion redevelopment scheme that will see the transformation of 12 council estates into high quality housing and communal facilities over the next 12 years.

When is a perceived Asbestos hazard not a hazard?

There is often a knee-jerk, fearful, reaction to the discovery of Asbestos-Containing-Materials (ACM) in soils on a site. However asbestos impacted soils are little different to any other contaminated soils; the risks are assessed and measures are derived so that ideally the contaminated soils remain on site i.e. ensuring that significant Asbestos risks are removed by the time construction is completed.

Michelmores Property Award Winner 2018

Having worked on this challenging project from start to finish, Clarkebond engineers were delighted to hear that Redcliffe Parade, Bristol, had been named the winner of the 2018 Michelmores Property Awards, Residential Category (35 units and under).

Clarkebond Appointed to landmark Plymouth Waterfront Development

Waterfront regeneration company Sutton Harbour Holdings plc (SHH) is preparing to submit a planning application in July 2018 outlining its plans to create a striking building on the prime Sugar Quay site fronting Plymouth’s historic waterfront.

Clarkebond welcomes new Civil Engineering Associate Director

Clarkebond is delighted to announce the appointment of Bradley Welsh as Civil Engineering Associate Director in its London office.

Extra-care residential development shows ‘highest quality of design and build’

A brand new 78 home residential extra-care facility at Parmin Close, Taunton, Somerset has been completed for Liverty.

How will changes to the regulations on construction waste affect you?

Changes to regulations have been introduced that could increase liabilities on anyone disposing of construction waste, with potential penalties or criminal prosecution for non-compliance.

Sustainable Accessibility in Large Scale Housing Developments

Clarkebond director, Dave Knight, a recognised authority on transport planning, will be sharing his expertise at the 16th Annual Transport Practitioners' Meeting (TPM) in Oxford on 5/6th July.

Taking it to the top!

A topping out ceremony was held recently for the new Bridge Street student accommodation building which at 26 storeys high is the tallest building in Cardiff.

Clarkebond Achieves Cyber Certification

With cyber threats becoming more complex, moving from basic attacks against one device to complicated attacks against every device on an organisations network, poor cyber security is now a significant business risk. A risk not only to the business suffering the attack but also potentially to its clients’ businesses too.

A preview of the Bristol Carriageworks development

The redevelopment of the Carriageworks and Westmoreland House site in Bristol has moved forward with the completion of the architectural and engineering pre-novation stage designs for the landmark Bristol development.

EPIC building starts on site

Contractors have started the construction of a £8M, state of the art facility in Devon that is set to be a centre of excellence for innovation in microelectronics and photonics.

New student hub sets tone for Marjon University revitalisation

A £3m construction project to redevelop and extend part of the original 1970s concrete frame building at the historic Marjon University near Plymouth has been completed.

Key role for Clarkbond engineers on Myanmar humanitarian project

Unplanned growth, a lack of strategic planning and continuous underfunding has left the largest public hospital in Myanmar, in a state of disorganisation with a number of vital functions of the hospital, such as water management and patient access to A&E in dire need of regeneration.

Framework wins for Clarkebond

Clarkebond has recently won places to provide engineering consultancy services on two national frameworks for housing and healthcare.

New Museum to honour a great engineer completed

A unique new museum built to preserve the legacy of one of the greatest engineers of all time has opened in Bristol.

Going for planning consent? The importance of consultation and finding the right solution to problems cannot be overstated!

We were delighted to hear recently that development of 85 new homes for which we are providing a range of engineering services had received unanimous approval, with full support from two Parish Councils involved.

Clarkebond Rising Star!

Congratulations to Katharine Barker on her promotion from Senior to Principal Geotechnical Engineer.

What does the Draft Revised NPPF mean for Transport Planning?

The NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) in England has been with us 6 years and the Government has just issued a Draft Revised NPPF. The Housing Delivery Test is currently making the headlines, but this piece focuses on what the update means for Transport Planning and Development.

Early advice on residential site avoids slippery slope to excess costs

The third phase of a residential development in Thornbury, Bristol, has been given the green light by planners.

Clarkebond shortlisted for a NCE100 Companies of the Year Award 2018

Clarkebond is delighted to announce that it has been ranked for the third year running as a NCE top 100 company and has also been shortlisted for a special ‘Leader in Collaboration’ Award.

Transformational change for 60s ugly office building

The north London building that famously displays a sign saying ‘Ugly building, nice clothes’, has had a multi-million pound make-over to transform a warehouse into a very attractive, light, airy, modern office space with many sustainable features.

Works underway at residential scheme in Dorset

Work has started on site for the first phase of a 600+ unit residential development for Bloor Homes in Wimborne, Dorset, following approval of a reserved matters planning application.

Lovely location for new home owners means challenges for engineers

Phase 2 of Woodberry Copse, a 54 home residential development by Bloor Homes South West in Lyme Regis Dorset, is preparing to open its doors to new residents.

Tales of the (eroding) riverbank!

Time has taken its toll on a 50 metre section of old timber retaining wall along the edge of the river Thames and to prevent further erosion of the foreshore the wall now needs to be replaced.

Planning approved for residential development on hillside farmland

Clarkebond provided a range of vital pre-planning engineering services to support this successful planning application for 140 residential units on a hilly Greenfield farmland site in Wiltshire.