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St. Helen & St. Katharine Dining Hall Structure nears completion

The steel framed structure for the new dining hall at the school of St. Helen and St. Katharine is nearly complete following the installation of the beams to facilitate opening up of the kitchen area. The alterations to the kitchen are the most complex part of the project requiring careful consideration of the temporary support arrangements. Intrepid had to respond with design solutions very quickly as parts of the structure were opened up.


Usk Bridge Newport

Usk Bridge, Newport

This striking bridge provides an important link between Newport’s commercial centre and residential areas and the rugby ground.

The bridge crosses the River Usk on the site of former docks and the competition winning design by Grimshaw Architects resembling a crane reflects the site’s former use. The steel structure has the majority of its foundations on the west bank, where the ground conditions are more favourable and are also remote from residential buildings. Tuned mass dampers were installed to ensure that the bridge does not vibrate under the action of pedestrian or wind load. The structural steelwork was manufactured and installed by a major local fabricator.

Structural Design by Philip Goodliffe whilst working for Atkins

Architect: Grimshaw
Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine

New Sports Facility for Malvern College, Worcestershire

This state of the art sports facility comprises a 6 lane, 25m swimming pool, 8 badminton court sports hall, a fitness suite, shooting range and glass-backed squash courts. The sympathetic, contemporary architecture uses glass, steel timber and masonry with a sedum roof to some of the building. A steel frame was designed to create the large, open spaces within the building and for speed cf construction.  The ground was strengthened by replacing soft soil with columns of compacted stone – a process known as vibro-compaction. This meant that conventional shallow foundations could be adopted.

The facility was opened in 2009 by HRH The Duke of York.

Structural Design by Philip Goodliffe whilst working for Young and Webb Limited

Architect: Squires and Brown
Contractor: Speller Metcalfe

New Lecture Theatre for Merton College, Oxford

This project involved the construction of a new lecture theatre in a site constrained on three sides by existing buildings. To limit the height of the building, the plant room and storage areas are in a basement. The basement was formed in a high water table using interlocking (secant) piles and has a post-tensioned concrete slab over. The superstructure is a steel frame.  Sustainable timber was used extensively for the wall panels and the roof structure.

This helped the building achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

Structural Design by Philip Goodliffe whilst working for Young and Webb Limited

Architect: Ridge
Contractor: Stepnell Limited

New Library for the School of St Helen & St. Katharine, Abingdon

This three-storey concrete framed building provides a new library and IT classrooms for this independent girl’s school. The structure consists of a reinforced concrete frame that provides clear open spaces internally, with traditional architectural style that compliments the other school buildings.

Structural Design by Philip Goodliffe whilst working for Young & Webb Limited.

Architect: Peregrine Bryant
Contractor: Benfield & Loxley Limited


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