Wraparound extensions in Grand Designs

Last month, Grand Designs published an extensive feature on wraparound extensions, including the need for careful planning and local authority permissions. The feature included comment from Darren Oldfield, one of our frequent collaborators, and included a complex wraparound extension we worked on with the architect in Dulwich.

Live site – St John Street

We’ve been working on a site in the heart of Farringdon with DSP Architecture, whose work focuses on context and creating coherent spatial relationships between buildings and their surrounding fabric.

St John Street involves the refurbishment of an existing office building, with the addition of two new floors.

The site is located on an area of archaeological interest and so any subterranean/foundation works would have been prohibitively expensive and potentially risked damaging ancient artefacts. This has required a creative solution with the design of transfer frames at both ground and first floors which are supported by existing load bearing elements installed during the remodelling in the 80’s and thus mitigating the requirements of new foundations.

The site is currently live and due for completion in early 2018. For a time-lapse of the works, visit our facebook page.

Photos courtesy of DSP Architecture

Blue Engineering in the News

The Science Lab, an East London residential project we worked on with Made with Volume, featured in the Guardian Weekend magazine this Saturday, with a full feature tracing its rich history as former art department, recording studio, squat and now family home.

Click here to read the feature, which includes a brief description of the structural work involved on this project, as well as an interview with Carlo Viscione, Creative Director of Made with Volume.

Live site – temporary works

Blue Engineering works on a wide range of bespoke projects, including consulting with insurance companies and property owners on claims, accidents and repairs.

Following a road accident, a car crashed into the front Portico of this Grade II listed building. Stirling Ackroyd Ltd, the owners of the building, brought us on board as Contract Administrators/Temporary Works Engineers, to ensure the repairs are sensitive and structurally sound, and that their offices can remain open to the public whilst the works are ongoing. The project is due for completion in January 2018.

Blue’s annual weekend away – Porto 2017

Every year, Blue goes on a weekend trip abroad to explore some of Europe’s most interesting cities. As a small company, these weekends away give us a chance to build a close team, whilst exploring the local architecture and design scene.

Porto  is a treasure trove of architectural patrimony, from Romanesque cathedrals to 20th century social housing and contemporary buildings like the arresting Vodafone headquarters by Barbosa & Guimarães. Plenty for our detail-obsessed engineers to explore! It’s always interesting to see how other countries approach design engineering and the team came back inspired and brimming with creative ideas.

Head over to our facebook page to view more photos from the weekend.

Finished Project – Peckham

We recently completed our latest project with South London-based A Small Studio. Blue was appointed last June to produce an engineering scheme for this single-storey rear extension in Peckham. The project also included some internal remodelling and an oriel window seat.

Join our team!

Love architecture and design? Have a keen eye for detail? Looking for a place to build your career? Then get in touch!

We have a few graduate positions available. We work in teams, so aside from your academic prowess, we’re looking for personalities who will work well with the rest of the studio. We work on a wide range of projects across the residential, commercial and arts sectors. See our project or news page for more details.

As a member of the Blue team, you’ll not just have a great supportive network of colleagues, but of friends as well. As a small company, social events are an important element of our ethos. Whether it’s a pub quiz, ice-skating or visiting design exhibitions these regular events give us a chance to build team relationships in a relaxed environment. Each year, the whole studio goes on a weekend trip abroad to explore some of Europe’s most interesting cities, which so far have included Porto, Berlin and Valencia.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is encouraged through weekly tutorial sessions, lunchtime talks from professionals in the industry and attending external training courses. Bi-annual reviews with team leaders and partners provide an opportunity to reflect on your progression and set individual goals. We think it’s important to invest in our people. Apprenticeships are an important part of our practice, and we have just been voted the best Small Employer of the year in the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Other benefits include:

  • Payment of overtime
  • Buying holidays
  • Flexible working
  • Interest free loans
  • Cycle to work scheme

So if you want to join our award-winning team, and work in an environment that nurtures and encourages both personal and professional growth, send your CV and cover letter to joinus@blueengineering.co.uk. Deadline 7 January 2018.

Your letter should address the following:

  • Why you want to work for Blue
  • Why you think you are a good fit for Blue
  • What you can bring to the table outside of your degree
  • How you see yourself progress in the company – are you more analytical or client-facing? Remember there is no right answer, it takes a wide variety of skills to create the perfect team!

Any other questions about the application process just email us on the above address or call Jessica Ansell on 020 7247 3811.

Surface Design Awards

Acute Intervention is a finalist in the Surface Design Awards. Shortlisted in the Housing Exterior Surface category, for its arresting design and use of Kebony wood, a sustainable material that starts off a rich brown colour and turns a natural silver-grey patina after exposure to sun and rain.

The awards recognise progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects in the UK and internationally. Winners will be announced on 8 February 2018 at the Surface Design Award ceremony in Central London.

Acute Intervention in the Evening Standard

It’s always great to see projects we’ve worked on in the news. This week, this Evening Standard featured Acute Intervention, a residential project we worked on with David Stanley Architects, as part of a feature on the low-energy homes. You can read the article in full here.

Acute Intervention was a finalist in the 2017 Sunday Times British Home Awards.


Blue wins Small Employer of the Year

We’re excited to announce that yesterday, Blue Engineering won Small Employer of the Year for London and the South East in the 2017 National Apprenticeship Awards.

The National Apprenticeship Awards recognise excellent businesses that grow their own talent with apprenticeships. Blue was shortlisted among 800 entries nationwide and took home the award for Small Employer of the Year at the Regional Award ceremony at St Paul’s. Blue will now be automatically in the running for the National Awards, which take place in January 2018, so watch this space!