2.5 years on and the once bare open land is now coming to life with buildings either nearing completion or well under way. The two buildings seen here constructed by Telford Homes and designed by PTA (one 7 and the other 18-storeys) are nearing completion, and our temporary works department are making the final checks and preparations to allow a safe dismantling of the Tower Crane. Careful consideration needed to be made as the mobile crane is to be positioned directly over two live 1.8m diameter sewers.
With the successful completion of our Gallions Quarter Phase 1 project in 2019 for Telford Homes (visible at the back of this photo behind no. 2 crane), we are pleased to be involved with the Phase 2 development and seeing the construction make a start. The site will comprise two large 7-storey buildings with a 12-storey tower and be part of a wider development which is also currently under construction.
External works are now progressing at Spring Business Park in Havant with preparation of the service yards and car parking.
Built on the former Buttericks Factory site, the development by Kingsbridge Estates will provide a total of 12 industrial and warehouse units when complete later this year.
Great progress is being made on site at Centre House, our project for St James. Demolition of the former BBC and UGLI buildings is nearly complete and groundwork will soon begin on the new mixed use building which will rise up to 32 storeys. Situated adjacent to Wood Lane tube station in the heart of White City, the new building will provide 528 new homes, space for Imperial College London and have a large 1-/2- storey basement with direct access to the earlier phases of the White City Living development. The façade of the Phase 2 building – also a PTA project – can be seen nearing completion in the background.
Work is in full swing at Aerial Park in Chesham. Sheet piling is now completed with the last of the 1500 driven precast piles going in and the steel frames erected on the first two terraces.
The Chancerygate development being constructed by Parkway Construction MK Ltd, will provide a total of 12 industrial units when complete later this year.
Work has now completed at Makers Market in Bordon. Part of the wider Whitehill & Bordon regeneration plan, the Makers Market renamed ‘The Shed’ provides an indoor and outdoor market place along with a town park and various shops including a microbrewery, deli and food stalls.
With piling concluded on Phase 3 of London Partnership’s Barking Riverside Development, works are now quickly progressing on the foundations for the West Parcel which houses three of the six blocks on the project. Each parcel includes a mix of RC frame and load bearing masonry construction, with the RC frames currently on track to be completed by mid-October.
PTA are pleased to welcome Helen Bojarski to the company. Helen will be joining the growing Temporary Works Department within PTA, as a Senior Temporary Works Engineer. Helen is a Chartered Engineer with vast experience as a Temporary Works Engineer, whilst previously working for a leading contractor. PTA look forward to Helen having a long and successful career within PTA, providing quality temporary work designs to our numerous clients.
Bellway’s Copperhouse Green project in Dartford is taking shape, with construction of Phase 1 nearing completion. Phase 2 is now being progressed, with the RC frame of Block A now completed and other low-rise blocks progressing below. The marketing suite shown here is complete and will later be converted into a micro-brewery.
Work has now completed at Chancerygate’s project Duo, in Globe Business Park Marlow. Constructed by MCS Group, the development provides 2 warehouse / industrial units with a combined floor space of 46,000 sqft along with associates service yards and car parking.
Refer back to our news post from May earlier this year when the steel frame was being erected.
St William’s new development of the former Clarendon Gas Works site forms part of the Haringey Heartlands Regeneration project and provides over 1700 homes across multiple phases.
Phase 3a of the development comprises 197 apartments together with elegant landscaping and external water features, commercial space and a basement level district energy centre. Construction on the site required significant earthworks and remediation of the existing ground, as well as solutions for founding on the footprint of the former gas holders.
Piling on the site has now been completed, and groundworks construction is now progressing on the first of the four buildings.
Work has now completed at Plot 4 on the Long Crendon Industrial Estate.
The Canmoor development built by Marbank Construction, provides 2 warehouse/industrial units with a combined floor space of 37,000 sqft along with associated service yards and car parking.
Phase 3 of the St James White City Living development is now well under way. Building 5 is beyond level 10 but still has a way to go for the tower to reach level 34. The two adjacent buildings are also constructed up to podium and will rise alongside the one in the picture to 20 storeys. With the successful completion of the Phase 2 RC frame, we now look forward to seeing the completed frames in Phase 3 next year.
Work has now completed at Chancerygate’s 40:40 Link in High Wycombe. Constructed by MCS Group, the development provides 10 warehouse / industrial units ranging in size from 4,000 to 30,000 sqft, along with associated service yards and car parking.
The project involved various challenges, including extensive S278 works with the installation of a new puffin crossing, naturalisation of a previous culverted water course crossing the site and the re-naturalisation of the River Wye boarding the site.
We are pleased to announce the promotion of our Head of Civils, Alex Herman to the position of Board Director of Powell Tolner & Associates Limited.
Alex has led a civils team in the design of civil engineering projects for several years with major UK consultants and joined PTA early in 2019 with our aim to add a Civil Engineering member to our Board.
Alex is a family man married with three children and a lifelong supporter of Spurs, enjoys a game of Golf, enjoys chatting about staff development & support and developing our Civil Department from strength to even more strength.
We are delighted he has accepted this position and wish him every success into the future of the Practice.
Our Anthology Hale Works project keeps rising in the skyline of Tottenham.
The concrete frame being built by Wates Group is now getting close to topping out on the 32nd floor with the façade installation progressing rapidly below.
Work is back under way at Globe Business Park in Marlow.
Steelwork erection is in full swing with the soakaway tanks and external yards already constructed.
The Chancerygate development named Duo, will provide 2 industrial units with 19,950 – 26,375 sqft. Due for completion later this year.
Design work for a new industrial warehouse in Knowsley is nearing completion.
The image to the left is of the federated Navisworks model with coordinated steel frame, foundations, drainage, prowall and dock levellers.
The development will provide 50,000 sqft warehouse floor space, 5,000 sqft office space, a high load gantry crane, 2 dock levellers along with external parking and concrete yard. Due for completion late 2020.
With the RC frame almost complete for Phase 2 of St James’ White City Living development, construction of the façade by Skonto is beginning to take shape at the lower storeys.
To facilitate the construction sequence, the project features a sunken basement haulage road which runs beneath the main podium slab and a portion of the building, which is transferred above.
Planning permission has now been granted at Aerial Park in Chesham.
The Chancerygate development will provide a total of 12 industrial units ranging from 4,176 – 43,456 sqft.
Demolition is nearing completion with construction due to start later this year.
Our project in Greenford Green for Telford Homes Plc is well underway with basement and two further floor levels to podium nearing completion.
Should be plain sailing now up to the 18-storey. Quite an achievement considering the first DTM was only 14 months ago!
The project is part of a wider development that will produce 1965 new homes, shops, cafés, restaurants, offices, primary school and health centre.
The exciting Royal Mint Gardens development comprising 3 new residential blocks of up to 15 storeys is nearing completion.
Located close to the Tower of London, the heavily constrained site provided several design and construction challenges including cantilevering 6m over the Fenchurch Street Network Rail Viaduct and bridging 15m over the DLR.
Redevelopment of the former gas works site at Lower High Street, Watford comprises the construction of 92 private apartments within a 6-storey residential block. Ground floor undercroft parking is located below a landscaped communal podium deck.
Piling works by GMP Piling have been completed and foundation and drainage works are currently being undertaken by the groundworks and frame contractor.
Erection of the tower crane has been completed and works to the 1st floor transfer slab will commence imminently.
On 11th October PTA’s founder Mr Trevor James Powell celebrated his 90th Birthday with family and the current directors at a celebration meal in Ivinghoe. The staff and directors earlier assembled outside PTA’s offices in Chesham to wish Trevor a Happy Birthday and next year PTA celebrate their 50th year of successful business since Trevor’s beginning on 1st June 1970 in two small rooms in Chesham, the town where we still reside in much larger offices with 50 staff. In that time PTA’s turnover has multiplied by 280 fold and continues to grow and we look forward to seeing everyone ever associated with us at The OXO Tower top floor overlooking the Thames and in view of many of our iconic structures on 4th June 2020 next year for a memorable 50th celebration. Watch out for your personal invitation.
Meanwhile many happy returns to Trevor James Powell.
PTA were pleased to be represented by Phil Piper and Alex Herman at their first Bellway Thames Gateway charity golf day at Stockbrook Manor Golf and Country club. After a rainy start to the week, fortunately the weather held out on the day which turned out to be a great success!
An enjoyable day on the course, followed by an evening dinner and auction event together with the Bellway team and fellow consultants / contractors.
Simon Lea-Wilson & Alex Herman represented PTA at the annual St George & Berkeley Foundation charity golf day at the Burhill Golf Club in Surrey. It was a beautiful late summer day with perfect conditions for golf. It was a great day catching up with clients and architects and a fantastic opportunity to raise a significant amount of money for two great causes, The Honeypot Children’s Charity https://www.honeypot.org.uk/ and Spear Homeless Charity https://www.spearlondon.org/.
Erection of the steel frame for the Micro-Brewery is underway at Bellway’s development Copperhouse Green, Dartford.
Elsewhere across the site piling works are ongoing for the residential apartment blocks.
Superstructure construction works are progressing at Bellway’s St George’s Hospital redevelopment in Hornchurch.
Phase 1 of the development comprises 194 units across a mixture of 3-storey apartment blocks and residential housing.
PTA are pleased to congratulate Magda Christia for participating in the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) 2019 Centenary Conference-Celebrating the Past, Transforming the Future-poster competition. The event was held at the Hendon RAF Museum, adjacent to St George’s Beaufort Park Development, which is one of Magda’s projects. Magda is one of PTA’s promising new engineers and Magda embraced and presented her ideas on how the construction industry can lead the design of elemental, sustainable spaces which will support modern families, while decentralising the country from London’s heavy gravity.
We also congratulate Magda for recently achieving Chartership status with the ICE.
Our Board of Directors were present in Cannes for another successful trip to MIPIM, meeting both new and existing clients.
The highlight was a wonderful afternoon at Shedmasters, up in the hills overlooking Cannes.
A special mention goes out to Ian Abley, our Business Development Manager, for all his hard work and organisation.
So, in Brexit year we continue to ramp up our networking efforts to secure another successful year of trading in Structural and Civil design.
Construction is now well under way at Anthology Hale Works next to Tottenham Hale Station. The core Jumpform system is now in position and progressing on the 32 level climb.
With piling works now completed, the Frame Contractor is progressing quickly with foundation and basement works.
Basement construction by the Frame Contractor of the 2nd block on this site is progressing rapidly. In addition works on the podium slab have just been commenced.
With piling works completed and the first two of five tower cranes erected, ground works are now gaining momentum on the first three blocks at Bellway’s 518 unit development at Eastside Quarter, Bexleyheath.
Facade works are nearing completion at Bellway’s Legacy Wharf project in Stratford.
Located adjacent to the Bow Back river the project required reinstatement of the existing river wall.
Blue Light Hub for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Services is taking shape with the central hub RC frame complete and the steel portal frame to the fire appliance wing erected.
Ambulance appliance wing and single storey steel frame on the top of the central hub frame is to be erected next followed by the cladding which will finally show off the sleek curves that this building has.
Six months on from PTA’s first attendance at the annual festival in Cannes France, we have secured new business from three new major Clients. Following positive meetings at Cannes with a major industrial developer PTA have now entered a framework agreement with them together with new business from a major reinforced concrete leading contractor and also London’s third largest residential high rise developer all sparked from MIPIM.
PTA’s Business Development Director Ian Abley is astonished at the success of our first visit to the event. MIPIM was founded in 1990 and attracts over 50,000 delegates, clients and professionals at the iconic location. Our MD Simon Barratt says “it’s down to Ian’s in depth knowledge and being focussed and organised during the event.”
The adjacent photo is taken at the “Shed Masters” private invitation event overlooking the Town. PTA will be there again next March.
PTA would like to welcome Pawel Piwko to the dedicated and expanding Temporary Works team. This will allow PTA to continue along their well-trodden path of commitment and efficiency with their ever expanding portfolio of clients.
PTA are pleased to announce a new partnership with Crest Nicholson as we have been appointed to the Crest Nicholson Temporary Works Forum.
PTA’s project Wembley Parade for London developer Anthology is gathering pace, now in week 28 of an overall 99 week construction program. The RC frame in the meander building is tiered from 7th – 2nd floors, whilst in the 13 storey tower the RC frame is at level 7. Most of the below ground drainage and utilities have been installed, with fit out work commencing on the lower levels on the buildings. Once completed in December 2019 the development will provide 195 high quality homes.
Following on from our August 2017 news, it is now ten months on from piling and the 8 no. RC frames are nearing completion with brick cladding now underway.
The development situated north-east of the Tower of London has two DLR tracks running to and from Bank Station which run through the centre of the site in a cutting descending into a tunnel.
Transfer steelwork is required to span over the tracks to support 3 no. Blocks up to 13 storeys high. The transfer steelwork, stair and lift cores are now successfully installed and it will not be long before the buildings take shape above.
PTA’s project Goresbrook Park at Dagenham has now been completed and handed over to the client. The project involved the extending and improving of Eddie Stobart’s London Distribution HQ. The two previous refrigerated storage units were demolished allowing construction of a new external service yard providing 150 HGV parking bays, VMU, refuelling island and lorry wash. The new warehouse is 14m to haunch providing 180,000 sqft for high bay racking, together with 14 docks.
Slip-form construction is gathering pace on four of the six cores at Bellway’s 46 Ponton Road project in Nine Elms!
Construction of St James’ new Smithfield Square development in Hornsey is now virtually complete. Along the way, challenges included culvert diversions, basement construction tight to the public highway and residential properties plus a 14m transfer structure directly over a new Sainsbury’s supermarket, complete with an integrated services distribution zone!
With construction work now complete for Phase 10 of St George’s Beaufort Park project in Hendon, design work is now underway for the adjacent Phase 15. This latest phase features blocks of up to 10 storeys, which will be connected back to Phase 10 via a ground & first floor car park, a second floor podium/courtyard garden and three residential blocks tying into the existing structure.
Construction is due to commence in September 2018.
On Friday 1st December 2017, two further engineers became Members of the Institution of Structural Engineers (M.I.Struct.E).
The photo to the left shows Adrian Milne (left) and James Pratt (right) receiving their certificates from the President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, Ian Firth (centre).
The 100 Minories project for Grange Hotels in the City of London is nearing completion. The 9 storey hotel with 2 levels of basement has overcome multiple constraints and complications including cantilevering by up to 8m over the LUL Circle and District line and a transfer slab at 2nd floor spanning 13m over a roadway.
Piling works are underway on Bellway Homes’ Ponton Road site in Nine Elms. The works consist of 400 and 450 diameter CFA piles to support 3 no. 13-storey blocks, with a 1st floor level podium deck, with approvals required for piling adjacent to the nearby Network Rail line.
In the background is Bellway’s development, The Residence, which is nearing completion.
Chancerygate’s 36000 sq ft warehouse and office development next to the M1 is nearing completion.
The internal RC floor slab has just been completed, with the external service yard slabs currently being constructed.
Piling is nearing completion on Telford Home’s latest project, located next to Gallions Reach DLR station.
The RC superstructure consists of 8 no. residential blocks, all connected at 1st floor by a communal podium level.
The structure provides over 250 no. apartments and is due to be completed towards the end of 2018.
Refurbishment works are progressing at St James’ Campsbourne Well project, located adjacent to their Smithfield Square development in Hornsey.
The existing buildings consist of a single-storey listed ‘Well building’, built in 1887, which serves as an extraction hub to 2 headings and 13 no. deep boreholes, together with an adjoining former boiler house and coal store. Both structures are load bearing masonry construction and both required extensive repair to the roofs and brickwork façade.
A steel frame has been constructed within the original masonry walls, to support new timber floors and timber roof. Extensive repairs have been undertaken to repair the existing cracking within the masonry walls.
Construction of the new sheet piled flood defence wall to the Bow Back River nears completion, whilst behind, the RC frame of the 8-storey south west block reaches 3rd floor level.
A Telford Homes project, formerly the Upton Park Bus Depot, a stones throw away from the former West Ham Stadium, is now starting to rise above the surrounding buildings.
Following careful demolition work to protect an existing 60m by 7m high wall that will form the wall to new buildings, along with difficult ground conditions, the superstructures are now progressing fast. The Southern Block will be a 13 storey tower looking over predominantly 4-5 storey buildings.
Bellway Homes (North London) development, Acton Square, commences piling for the 5 RC residential blocks.
The piles to the west of the site were set back from the existing boundary wall and cantilever pilecaps were required to support the structure on the boundary line. This helped maximise the useable space for this tight and enclosed site.
Our Newbury Racecourse Central Apartments development for Midgard has now completed the first of five pairs of residential blocks.
The remaining blocks are at varying stages of construction and the slipformed core for the tallest 9 storey building is now finished.
MARCH 2017 – completion date for the project is November 2018.
Plot 3 on the Crendon Industrial Park consists of a 2,600 square-metre warehouse and office space. The ground bearing floor slab and mass concrete foundations are supported by Vibro stone columns due to the subgrade encountered.
Our civils team had to contend with a shallow drainage outfall for their foul and surface water design.
FEBRUARY 2017 – completion due MAY 2017
A Bellway Homes project – Installation of the Decomo precast cladding units to the West Parcel is nearing completion.
Installation of the precast cladding units to the East Parcel, by Thorp Precast, is now progressing rapidly!
The 2nd phase of the redevelopment of the former Thames Water reservoir consists of 3 residential blocks, 9, 6 and 5 storeys, linked by a ground floor car park.
There were many challenging aspects to the project including shallow existing services and a 3m diameter Thames Water Ring main running through the site at depth which required a ground movement analysis to satisfy Thames Water.
Manhattan Plaza (Poplar) is another one of our projects for Telford Homes nearing completion.
Groundworks started back in August 2015 and the south tower is currently reaching level 17. Certain elements were designed, manufactured and installed as precast concrete members. The curved brickwork façade supported at every level was also installed as a composite precast panel.
The structural frame of this building is due to be completed before the new year. Find out more about this by visiting our projects page.
Stratford’s landscape has PTA’s signature with 2 high rise projects for Telford Homes.
First was Stratford Plaza (left on the photo) with 29 storeys completed in 2014.
Now Stratosphere is progressing towards completion with Building B1 (middle in the photo) currently reaching level 31, while in Building B2 (far right on the photo) final works are carried out after the frame has been finished.
This site in Walton-on-Thames has been redeveloped to contain an industrial warehouse for CPS and a 4-storey residential block of flats for Paragon. Construction is nearing completion for the CPS warehouse with the ground bearing slab to be poured in mid-September. The congested site has made for challenging logistics particularly with the large attenuation tank required and associated drainage.
PTA’s project Stratosphere for Telford Homes is now near completion.
Building B1 is up to level 28 (left on the photo) and Building B2 frame is completed (right on the photo), with fitting out progressing on both buildings.
Find out more about this by visiting our Projects page.