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aug ’17 – Elie Saab Flagship Store, Mayfair

14 August 2017

Fashion designer Elie Saab, famed for his exquisite gowns and glittering clientele, made headlines when he chose the heart of Mayfair for his flagship store.

The Grade II listed building, based on Bruton Street, is a former neo-classical townhouse featuring fluted Ionic pilasters, a staircase hall and enriched plastered ceilings. During its high-brow history the building has undergone various works, most recently its refurbishment and ultra high-end fit-out.

A complete strip-out of the existing 9,000 sq ft building was necessary for overall remedial works, waterproofing the basement and making it habitable, and refurbishment of the existing stone stairs. Peter Dann also consulted on the addition of an impressive structural light feature which spans the height of the stairwell.

july ’17 – Company Announcement: Ch-ch-ch-changes at Peter Dann

31 July 2017

The directors of Peter Dann Limited are pleased to announce these staff promotions and changes to our company structure:

after 12 years at the helm of Peter Dann, Guy Dolby has decided it is time to step aside as Managing Director. This will be taking effect from 31st July 2017. He will continue to be involved with the company on a consultancy basis in areas such as business development, technical appraisal and SER certification.

Since Guy became MD in 2005, the company has seen many changes but has steadily expanded with self-sustaining offices in Cambridge and London. Our client base extends across the UK and abroad. We have embraced new technologies such as 3D modelling and detailing including BIM, and are ideally placed to take on the challenges the future will bring.

His decision has helped create opportunities for the advancement of colleagues and we are pleased to announce that Ian Sargent in Cambridge and Kevin Short in London have been promoted to full board Directors of the Peter Dann Group.  John Bowstead has also been promoted to Technical Director and will assist Ian in the running of the Cambridge office.

We are also pleased to announce that Peter Chapman is taking over as Managing Director. Peter is based in our rapidly expanding London office and will be ably assisted by Kevin Short.

Further congratulations go to Ben Drake  (London) and Alan Lloyd (Cambridge) on their promotions to Associate.

Guy writes “I have had the privilege and pleasure of being a Director of Peter Dann Limited since 2001, a company I first joined from school back in 1976. I have very much enjoyed dealing with the challenges that our industry has faced during my time here.  This is in many respects due to the contacts and friendships made with clients, fellow professionals and colleagues over the years, so thank you for your support.  I am hoping this will continue over the months and years to come as we approach our 55th year of providing Civil and Structural expertise throughout the UK and overseas.”

July ’17 – Alt Hotel St. Johns, Canada: Progress Makes Perfect

28 July 2017

Finishing touches to the Alt hotel façade are underway under bluest of the big blue skies!

july ’17 – ‘Let’s Get Quizzical’ in St. John’ s College Cambridge

24 July 2017

Last week we entered a team into the Chamber of Commerce Centenary Quiz Night, which was held and St John’s College in central Cambridge. Alan Lloyd and Paul Sandford of Peter Dann partnered with Mark Clarke and Alisadair Ferguson of Chadwick Dryer Clarke to form the formidable team ‘Let’s get quizzical’.

After doing battle through eight rounds of the usual sports, foods and geography, we ended up with 42.5 points landing ourselves a very respectable 4th place.

july ’17 – Peter Dann attend FSB London Awards Night

21 July 2017

Last night’s black-tie affair was held in the sensational Emirates Stadium. Shortlistees gathered en masse in a variety of garbs, from tux to tweed and swing to classic shift.

Roger Tilling, voiceover for University Challenge, compered the evening, announcing names and brands with all the lustrous nerve (and nervous lustre) of one who works with Jeremy Paxman.

Just over 20 categories were presented after much wine and a three course meal. Although we failed to be hailed as ultimate winners in the ‘Green Impact’ category, we’re seriously pleased to have been shortlisted; and to have ‘tied’ our ‘bows’ in the wind…


july ’17 – Dock Street: street style on the rise

20 July 2017

Construction has begun on the ‘Ordnance Building’, 10-20 Dock Street, a stylish mixed-use development comprising one, two and three bedroom apartments within two seven-storey blocks and one 13-storey block.  The basement and ground levels will be for commercial use.

All the contiguous pile wall and bearing piles are now complete; on site, they are currently constructing the capping beam at the top of the contiguous piled wall. It is directly adjacent to existing structures on three boundaries which required careful detailing to ensure the existing structures were not affected.

Location is prime, with Tower Hill, Aldgate East and Fenchurch Street stations nearby. Estimated completion is Q1 2019.

july ’17 – anyone for cricket? T20 at Lord’s for Peter Dann social

17 July 2017

The iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground was the venue for a fun-filled social evening watching T20 cricket last Thursday for Peter Dann’s London team. Plenty of laughs were had on a stunning evening, where Middlesex did their best to try and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Perhaps we will now start playing social cricket as well as softball!

july ’17 – Alt Hotel, St. Johns, Canada, set to open August 2018

14 July 2017

We are pleased to announce that the new five-storey, 148 room, modular hotel will be open for guests from mid-August 2018.

This project had several significant challenges, with the site being exposed to the elements right on the North Atlantic Coast. The modules were also installed in the middle of winter surrounded by snow, which would have made a traditional construction alternative near impossible at this time of year.


july ’17 – peter dann bowling night: double strike!

13 July 2017

We seem to be on a roll (excuse us) when it comes to ten pin bowling. Shortly after our stint with Cooley Architects, our Cambridge office went to Tenpin at the Leisure Park for their office summer social.

The event gave everyone a good opportunity to let their hair down and flex their bowling arms as well as celebrating some recent promotions.

Overall it was a very tense competition with lots of people vying for big scores with the individual prize going to Paul Sandford, closely followed by Alan Lloyd and Guy Dolby. On the team side of things there was a little less competition with Lane 2 taking the prize with some very consistent bowling and scores across the board.

Structural engineers – you roll!

july ’17 – a ‘xanadome’ did peter dann decree… come meet our innovation!

10 July 2017

We’re pleased to add our long-span structure Xanadome to our sectors.

Xanadome, invented by Peter Dann Ltd., is a unique form of structure for enclosing large spaces. It’s system offers limitless opportunity to create attractive new forms, and no other structure performing the same function may be lighter.

Potential uses include hangers, shopping malls, refugee shelters and sports-related facilities.

Visit our sectors page to read our comprehensive Xanadome brochure.

july ’17 – 10 storey modular hotel on the rise at calgary’s riverfront, canada

7 July 2017

Construction of a new 10 storey, 155 room, modular hotel, overlooking the Bow River in Calgary’s East Village is underway.

The Alt Hotel project involves several significant design and logistical challenges, with the site being subject to high wind and seismic loads, as well as the modules being built in Poland and shipped/trucked to the site in central inland Canada.

We are pleased to report that our structural design is complete and module fabrication has commenced for this building, comprising eight storeys of modules above a two-storey concrete podium, with three storeys of basement below.

Completion of the hotel is expected in 2018.

July ’17 – Peter Dann Welcomes Infrastructure Specialist Dan Martin

6 July 2017

Dan will be working within our Cambridge office as a dedicated, infrastructure Senior Engineer. This is part of Peter Dann’s business aspiration to become more strategically involved at the early stages of projects, and to broaden, strengthen and further develop in-house infrastructure capabilities.

Dan possesses an extensive portfolio of projects from the initial planning and feasibility stages through to detailed design and construction. His skills range from private and adoptable drainage design, network analysis, development of SuDS strategies, ground modelling and external level design to all aspects of highway and junction design including pavement specification, vertical/horizontal alignment and swept path analysis. He is experienced in negotiations with relevant third party stakeholders and is fully conversant with design standards and best practice for highways and drainage infrastructure.

Strategic infrastructure planning is often among the first of the engineering services many clients require, typically needed at master-planning stage. We provide a range of pre-planning services, and with drainage and highway matters taking on increased significance at this stage, growing this area of our business will allow us to provide specialist advice from a dedicated infrastructure team from the outset.

July ’17 – From Frames to Double-Wood: The Structure of Ten Pin Bowling

5 July 2017

Cooley Architects and Sond Construction invited key members from Peter Dann to a game of Ten Pin Bowling last week – an excellent way to catch-up outside of work.

The social was in honour of Dock Street (a high-end, high-rise project comprising residential and commercial units) and was held at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, served up with rounds of pizza and beer.

Strikes were struck, ‘double wood’ was achieved (though not as much as ‘dead wood’),  with everyone having improved, somewhat, on their technique by the end of the night.

With thanks to Cooley Architects for organising.

July ’17 – A Royally Good Show: Scheme Proposals Exhibited for Buckingham Palace Road

3 July 2017

Gaw Capital has publically presented scheme proposals for 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road. Renderings of proposed enhancements, including the remodelling of existing sections of the building (situated over Victoria Station, Westminster) were, reportedly, well received. Planning permission will be submitted to Westminster Council in August. As structural engineers on this project, we’re hoping the process will be as easy as 1, 2, 3…

June ’17 – Kingston Regal: Redevelopment to Restore Former Majesty

29 June 2017

The original Kingston Regal, a Grade II Listed Art Deco building, is under-going an extensive redevelopment involving a complete refurbishment of both the interior and exterior.

An additional three storeys of apartments are to be built on top of the existing cinema, with a new full basement carpark. Additional  communal spaces include a new mezzanine floor for a restaurant and theatre, plus an activity space for children. The seven-storey annex building to the north-east of the site will be rebuilt for residential and commercial use.

Peter Dann are structural engineers on this complex project, which involves several different types of construction including masonry, steel, timber and concrete, all interfacing new with the existing listed structure.



Regal Scheme prepared by Karl Dorfner of Dorfmeister studios.

June ’17 – Anglia Ruskin University: “Innovation Saves Cost”

26 June 2017

The near-complete ARU Science Centre opened its doors for a very special CFCI site-tour last week, with key members of the Peter Dann design team strategically placed within the atrium to talk about the structure to visiting groups.

The new building – described as “an incredibly exciting project” by Bob Ensch, Area Director for Cambridge – places a domestically scaled elevation onto the Broad Street frontage, with half a storey sunk below pavement level and the bulk of the building’s storeys concealed by a clever façade. This state-of-the-art science centre will provide a 300-seat lecture theatre and a 200-seat super laboratory CL2, scene of crime and blackout laboratories. Additionally, there will be flexible and specialist teaching spaces with staff offices.

Mr. Ensch commented “being able to show fellow industry professionals around our construction projects is a huge honour.”

Click here to read how this innovative and build saves cost on Construction News

June ’17 – citizenM: Tower of London Shortlisted for NLA Award

13 June 2017

Peter Dann are pleased to hear that the citizenM: Tower of London hotel has been shortlisted for the NLA People’s Choice Award 2017. The category Hotels & Hospitality promotes those developments designed to “enhance […] leisure for tourists, business people and Londoners in the capital – from budget to boutique to luxury.”

The Northbank’s latest ‘tower’ stands as an innovative exemplar: a traditional-modular hybrid offering citizens affordable luxury. We worked closely with citizenM to design the modular steel cages used to create the bedrooms.

The group’s flagship hotel boasts 370 rooms with views of historical London.

VOTING is now open on the NLA website.

June ’17 – Peter Dann Shortlisted for FSB London Business Awards

8 June 2017

We’re pleased indeed to announce our place on the FSB 2017 Shortlist for the Green Impact Award. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday 20th July, where we look forward to meeting fellow shortlistees from all 22 categories.

June ’17 – Alconbury Weald Club Wins BCO Regional Award

1 June 2017

Peter Dann are happy to announce our Regional Award for the Alconbury Weald Club, Huntingdon – Projects up to 1500m2. The three-storey community space, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Wood Awards in 2016, accommodates a meeting hall, gym, public café and the offices of Urban & Civic. It boasts expansive finishes of exposed Australian Spruce and dark-stained timber cladding akin to a Scandinavian summer house.


Read the case study here.

May ’17 – Office-Rooms with a View for Woolwich Ferry

26 May 2017

As part of an improvement programme by TFL, a new Woolwich Ferry office has been built at Woolwich pier. The steel-framed single-storey building, with two-storey entrance lobby, provides a convenient location for staff, while wall-to-ceiling windows creates improved visibility for the monitoring of services.

Peter Dann were structural engineers on the project, which will benefit from the addition of two new berths in 2018 for two new diesel-electric boats.