News Archive

Inspiring designs by the engineers of tomorrow?

When two engineers from Clarkebond set a design challenge for the children of year 2 at Birdwell School Academy in Bristol they really had no idea what to expect.

Progress for Plymouth harbourside development

Good progress is being made with pre-construction preparations for a £60million block of flats on Plymouth’s historic waterfront due to start on site in 2020.

£1bn urban renewal programme moves a step closer

The first plans for Havering’s biggest regeneration project have been agreed, marking a significant step forward for the Council’s flagship home building programme. Clarkebond is providing civil, structural and ground engineering on the scheme, plus other services including contamination assessment, flood risk assessment, air quality and rail engineering.

New modular building depot for Pickerings open for business

Pickerings, a provider of modular buildings and portable accommodation, has opened a new 5-acre depot at Eurolink Business Park in Sittingbourne, Kent.

Local Authority leads the way in best sustainability practice

A recent planning application for a residential development in Cholsey, Oxfordshire has features that other local authorities would do well to adopt, according to Clarkebond’s civil engineering associate director, Andy Jenner.

New structural engineering associate director joins Clarkebond in Exeter

Paul Ryan-Stansbie has joined Clarkebond as Associate Director, Structural Engineering in their Exeter office.

Building’s top UK firms listing names Clarkebond!

Clarkebond has secured its place as one of the Top 50 engineering firms in the UK for the sixth consecutive year!

From the brink of collapse to restoration award nomination!

Set in the heart of Tavistock, No 1 Church Lane is now a restaurant in a stunning Georgian property which has been restored from the brink of collapse. The restoration of this listed building has now caught the attention of the Devon Historic Buildings Trust which has nominated the project for a Building Conservation Design Award.

Clarkebond engineers Cornwall’s first Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) unit

A brand new £11m CAMHS facility, run by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) has been completed and will be receiving patients shortly.

Technical flood advice increases commercial potential of hotel development

The commercial potential of a seven-storey, 274-room Premier Inn on a former college site in Southwark, London, was significantly increased when technical flood risk submission from Clarkebond’s hydrology, flood management and planning team convinced the Local Authority that construction of bedrooms in the building’s basement would be safe under all reasonably foreseeable circumstances, based on current guidance.

EPIC Completion for Clarkebond

A new £8M, state of the art centre of excellence for innovation in microelectronics and photonics in Devon has been completed.

Channelling the spirit of Brunel!

Clarkebond’s Commercial Director, Neil Marks, was interviewed recently for a profile piece in NCE Magazine. The frank and revealing interview was published in the September issue of the magazine and can be read in full here.

University is not the only way!

At 16 years old, when Jack Holsman was considering what career path to follow, he recognised that ‘A’ levels and traditional university full-time academic study were not for him.

Flood risk investigation & planning support for some of Britain's largest solar schemes

The solar industry has seen massive growth over the past few years, largely due to an increase in solar farms that have the capacity to supply large quantities of clean renewable energy. With the Government plans to phase out coal fire power stations by 2025, and net zero" greenhouse gases targets by 2050, that trend looks set to continue.

Demolition begins on £1 billion London regeneration project

Demolition has begun on one of London’s biggest housing regeneration projects, marking a significant step forward for the £1 billion scheme.

Unanimous approval for Exeter College Hele Road Masterplan

Plans for a £70m masterplan to improve education provision in the city at Exeter College have been unanimously approved by Exeter City Council. A separate detailed application for the first phase of the masterplan, a new Digital and Data Hub, has also been approved.

Planning granted for housing - subject to satisfying added climate change provision

Plans to regenerate an existing run down 1960s social housing development with 36 new homes have been approved by Mole Valley District Council and Surrey County Council with a condition that will increase the climate change rainfall allowance requirement by an additional 10% over the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)’s guidelines and the latest EA Climate Change Guidelines of 40%.

Flood protection critical to £225m city centre scheme

Finzel’s Reach is a major new development in Bristol City centre which integrates historic industrial buildings alongside new 21st century living spaces. It also includes the restoration of medieval walkways and the construction of a new cycle and pedestrian bridge which connects the development to the city. This new waterfront development is protected from flooding by a combination of effective flood management measures detailed in a site-wide flood management plan (FMP), and by the implementation of flood resistance and flood resilience designs produced by a team of flood specialists from Clarkebond.

Another accolade for project to celebrate the life of a great engineer

The annual Michelmores Property Awards have again celebrated outstanding property and construction projects in Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Dorset and Cornwall, with Bristol's Being Brunel visitor attraction taking home the 2019 prize for Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year.

Bronze façade will create dramatic addition to Wandsworth’s skyline

Construction is underway on a mixed use development that will create a dramatic addition to the skyline on the edge of King George’s Park in Wandsworth.

New flagship building for Royal College of Surgeons takes shape

A large new build extension and refurbishment of the Grade II listed Royal College of Surgeons building which is under construction in Holborn, London.

Clarkebond wins Bristol Property Awards Consultancy of the Year!

Clarkebond is delighted to have been named Consultancy of the Year 2019 in the inaugural Bristol Property Awards, in addition to having 2 of its projects win awards!

Clarkebond – powering through and leading the trend!

We’re delighted that Clarkebond has achieved a place in the NCE100 Power List again this year. The NCE100 Power List recognises the most forward-thinking, innovative firms operating in civil engineering today. These are the firms that are doing the right things, in the right way, to deliver the outcomes that benefit society.

Clarkebond appointed to £7.5m specialist academy project

Clarkebond have been appointed to provide a range of engineering services for the redevelopment of the City of Bristol College Soundwell Centre to provide a new education facility for young people aged 5-25 years with social, emotional mental health difficulties (SEMH) or speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

Sustainable building solution wins award for Clarkebond and team!

When Clarkebond was appointed by British clothing retailer Boden to provide civil, structural and ground engineering services on a project to transform their ‘60s north London HQ, an essential element of the project was to carry out a value engineering exercise which demonstrated to the client that a refit and refurbishment was commercially and environmentally more sustainable than a total demolition and re-build.

Clarkebond’s hidden contribution to demanding

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

Clarkebond gets GOLD!

Clarkebond are delighted to have achieved GOLD member certification with Constructionline, a register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants used by the construction industry across the UK.

Clarkebond appointed to Primary School for South Gloucestershire

Clarkebond are delighted to be appointed to provide engineering services for a new £6.9m primary school in Frenchay, South Gloucestershire. The new school, which will replace the old school located nearby, will be on a 1.3 ha section of the former Frenchay Hospital site

Clarkebond project shortlisted for prestigious civil engineering award

The ‘Being Brunel’ project, a unique new museum to preserve the legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and which is helping to maintain Bristol as a destination of choice for heritage and culture, has been shortlisted for an award by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Messenger on firm foundations thanks to Clarkebond engineers!

Thousands of people lined the streets of Plymouth recently to watch the UK's largest bronze sculpture work its way through the city's streets before eventually being craned into place and officially unveiled outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Clarkebond wins place on framework to target Government housing objectives

Working in collaboration with social landlords across the region, LHC South West has developed the H1 framework to assist with the government’s target of building 300,000 homes, every year, until the mid-2020s. The framework will support projects from initial project feasibility, through to completion for both residential and non-residential projects.

Bristol Property Awards - Clarkebond in the running for a hat trick?

Clarkebond is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Consultancy of the Year 2019 award in the inaugural Bristol Property Awards.

What Do Transport Planners really think about Sustainable Development?

David Knight, Head of Transport Planning at Clarkebond, will be speaking on this subject and more at this year’s Transport Practitioner’s Meeting (TPM) in Oxford in July in connection with research into the Transport sustainability of Large Scale Housing Development.

New £6 million state-of-the-art urology centre in the news!

A new £6 million state-of-the-art urology centre that will deliver cutting edge treatment and research for patients from across Surrey and beyond, has been given a royal seal of approval and shortlisted for a prestigious RICS award in the same week!

Clarkebond wins place on engineering framework for residential developments

Clarkebond have won a place on a framework contract covering the South West and Wales for civil and structural engineering design services for residential works.

Clarkebond rail engineers appointed for historic rail track reinstatement

Clarkebond are delighted to have been appointed by Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust to provide rail design services for the first step of an ambitious £16.5m project to reinstate a further 4.5 miles of this narrow gauge railway line.

Clarkebond shortlisted for NCE 100 Award

Clarkebond is delighted to announce that as well as being selected to be a NCE 100 company in 2019, they have also been shortlisted for an NCE award for ‘Impact in Urban Living’.

Evesham Leisure Centre extension officially open for business

Nearly 10 years after providing structural, civil and ground engineering services for an award-winning leisure centre in Evesham, Clarkebond was appointed to provide its services again for a £3m extension to the centre.

Work Experience – Zainab’s Story

At Clarkebond we really value the role that work experience plays in developing young people and in promoting the opportunities that our profession has to offer. We have a very pro-active, engaging work experience programme onto which we were delighted to welcome Zainab recently. This is her inspiring story.

Another great Fellow at Clarkebond!

Theodore Tai, Regional Director of multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Clarkebond, has been elected by as Fellow of The Institution of Structural Engineers (FIStructE).