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March ’17 – TOP NOTCH! Peter Dann Attends Topping Out Ceremony for Anglia Ruskin University

24 March 2017

Peter Dann’s Jonathan Hubert and Tommy Hodgson attended the builders’ rite last week for ARU’s new Science Centre. Together with Anglia Ruskin staff and representatives from main contractors Morgan Sindall, champagne popped on the roof-top of this £45million Cambridge build to mark a milestone (or mile-beam?) in construction.

As reported by the Cambridge Network, “The centre is due to open in September and will incorporate a 300-seat lecture theatre […] for science and a 200-station biosciences laboratory.”

Demand for science courses increased 51% by 2013 alone, and the completed centre will create a hub of expertise and innovation.

Mar ’17 – REDiculous Amounts of Fun for Red Nose Day!

24 March 2017

Cambridge had a lovely day for Red Nose Day!

Peter Dann’s London and Cambridge office have raised an impressive £111.25! Go Team!

Mar ’17 – Honk Honk. Red Nosing for Comic Relief.

24 March 2017

🙂 Donations were plenty for these treats in our London office, thanks to Carina and Barbara – our talented in-house bakers. Both offices took part, and we’ll be posting a few more pix later, including the amount we’ve raised for this vital cause. Thanks to all for baking, donating and wearing an item of red!


Mar ’17 – First Floor of Heriot Watt Hotel Nears Completion

6 March 2017

Installation of the first level of modules for the Marriott Hotel at Heriot Watt University is progressing under blue skies in Edinburgh…


Mar ’17 – This girl is on fire

2 March 2017

We are proud to announce that Carina Cruz, who is based in our London office, is now an International Fire Professional and an Associate member of the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Feb ’17 – We are attending MIPIM 2017

28 February 2017

Feb ’17 – Alt Together Now: Rapid Modular Installation for St. Johns based Hotel

23 February 2017

The modular installation for the Alt Hotel, St. Johns, New Foundland, has gone from zero to hero in just 30 days after commencement. As you can see, all four storeys of modules are in place, as snapped by the on-site webcam.

Feb ’17 – Made in Manhattan: citizenM’s Bowery Hotel is a Must See

17 February 2017

Module installation is well underway on-site for the Peter Dann designed modules, forming the new citizenM Hotel in downtown Manhattan…

Jan ’16 – 1st Module Installed for Alt Hotel, St. Johns, Newfoundland

27 January 2017

Looks like lovely weather for it…!

Modules for the Alt Hotel St. Johns Have Arrived in Newfoundland

12 January 2017

Dec ’16 – Peter Dann’s Cambridge Office Can’t Pull the Wool Over our Eyes…

16 December 2016

All I want for Christmas… is an Alt Hotel

15 December 2016

Modules for the Alt Hotel are in ship-shape condition, currently crossing the Atlantic from Poland to Canada. They’ll reach Newfoundland in time for Christmas, and should be unwrapped in time for the New Year. Completion of modular installation is expected early February, with views of St. Johns to be enjoyed by guests in the Spring of 2017.


Dec ’16 – Christmas gets a Jumper-Start at Peter Dann’s London Office

12 December 2016

Darth Vader, a squirrel and a carrot? It must be Christmas Jumper Day…


Nov’ 16 – Not one to ‘drone on’ but New York’s POD hotel is looking rather fly…

21 November 2016

Nov ’16 – Wimpole Estate Folly Wins National Award

11 November 2016

Wimpole Hall’s gothic folly has achieved its second award, this time for ‘Restoration of a Structure in the Landscape’ at the Georgian Group Architectural Awards.

Peter Dann were consulting engineers on the tower, which was designed by architect Sanderson Miller in 1749, and built on the famous Cambridgeshire estate in 1768 as a pseudo-medieval ruin, eventually becoming a genuine relic surrounded by briars and nettles.

The National Trust, which has described the tower as a ‘sleeping beauty’, embarked on a major restoration (with Donald Insall Architects) which included reinstating important features, stabalising the structure and reintroducing it to the public.

It coincides with the tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, landscape designer of Wimpole’s Estate and supervisor to the folly’s original build for Lord Hardwicke, the owner of Wimpole Hall and Estate.




Nov ’16 – NextGen Speed Mentoring

1 November 2016

Event details and photos of the innaugural NextGen Speed Mentoring session, which took place back in September, are now on the NLA website. Wine, wise words and inspiration filled the NLA galleries as twenty industry leaders assembled as mentors for the evening, imparting 10 minutes’ worth of insight and advice to each mentee.

Up to 40 young professionals attended, including our very own Richard Broadley, project engineer, who enjoyed a lively night of cross-talk with a number of experienced names, notably Yolande Barnes (Head of World Research, Savills), Tom Goodall (Senior Projects Director, Argent), Patrick Mckeogh (Managing Director, Pipers), Parag Pasad (Managing Director, London Business Coaching) and Carol Lelliott (Partner, Nicholas Hare).

The evening’s success is a springboard into many more for the 2017 NextGen Programme.

Oct ’16 – Happy Birthday to Director Peter Chapman

28 October 2016


Today we celebrate Peter’s birthday, and what better way than with a modular cake? Designed and constructed by our engineer Carina, this magnificent creation featured marzipan lifting eyes and steelwork, a solid chocolate coating and chocolate sponge for added stability. Tasty work.

Oct ’16 – Alt Hotel fuses Old with the New-foundland

21 October 2016


Construction of a new waterfront hotel in downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, is underway on the historic grounds of an 1800’s Marshall Brothers cellar – “the only remaining marker of the former Marshall Brothers store that was in operation in the mid-1920s” (CBC News). Groupe Germaine is respecting the site’s heritage by ensuring the existing cellar will be incorporated into the hotel’s landscape, allowing old and new to co-exist. There will also be a feature wall of architectural finds on site.

As structural engineers on this project, we are pleased to report that construction of the foundations, substructure and lift/stair core have been completed on site this month, all ready for the modules to be installed. Module fabrication and fit-out is well under way in the Polcom factory, with the first completed modules to be shipped to Canada very soon.

The Alt Hotel will comprise five storeys and 148 rooms with views of the Narrows and downtown St. Johns, and boast 4,000 square feet of meeting space.

Completion of the hotel is expected early 2017.

Oct ’16 – Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat: citizenM Shoreditch

14 October 2016

Within weeks of launching, citizenM’s Shoreditch hotel has been lauded by press and public alike. It reinforces the brand’s popularity for affordable luxury and innovation, with 216 stylish pod-style rooms accommodating “all you could need.” While the hotel doesn’t offer “trouser presses, bellboys or stupid pillow chocolates” it does provide value for money, free movies/Wifi and 24hour food and drink.

Located within the South Shoreditch Conservation Area, its modular rooms are stacked above a plinth structure, referencing tube carriages on a neighbouring viaduct; while the facade is carefully considered, comprising layers of textured glass that “animate the building throughout the day and night.”

Peter Dann are pleased to have worked as structural engineers on the project, which has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating for reduced carbon emissions and new construction techniques, and extends our existing relationship with the citizenM brand.


Oct ’16 – International Lunch Day

10 October 2016


It was PD’s annual lunch-up today, celebrating diversity in food form. Home-made dishes included Welsh Tea-Cakes, Indian Chicken Biriyani, and Portugeuse Cod Fish Pasties which bordered France and Poland. England served up a classic pork & egg pie, twin bowls of Angel Delight and a round of Earl Grey Tea Cupcakes. Thanks to all.