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.

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!

 

Finished project – Shakespeare Road

We are pleased to share photos of one of our recently completely projects, the residential refurb of a Victorian property in Poets’ Corner in Herne Hill with Darren Oldfield Architects. Head over to our projects page for some more information, or to our Facebook page for full project images.

Blue at the Design Museum

Structural Engineering is about creative problem solving and we regularly work on projects in the arts, whether directly with artists or consulting with contractors on the suitability of projects for the public realm. This sculpture for Jaguar LandRover is the latest example.

‘Reductionism’ is a sculpture of an automotive speed form, a model that is created as part of the design process when developing a new car. It’s a representation of the car in its purest form, a vehicle reduced to its essence, which allows designers to study a car’s basic shape, proportions and sense of movement .

Blue Engineering consulted on the sculpture’s suitability for public display at the Design Museum in London, to ensure the structural integrity of an exhibit that was seen by thousands of visitors over the course of the London Design Festival.

The Science Lab in Wallpaper*

Open House London is this weekend. The one weekend of the year where architecture aficionados can get their fix and get a sneak peek in some of London’s most beautiful and unusual buildings, which are normally closed to the public.

A few of the projects we have worked on will be open including The Science Lab, the restored and re-imagine 1930s school building converted by Made with Volume into a family home.

Wallpaper* Magazine, one of the most revered publications for lovers of design and architecture, highlighted the Science Lab as one of their highlights to visit over the weekend.

Read Wallpaper*’s article here.

Wood Awards – Celebrating outstanding design and craftsmanship

Unique staircases are a prominent feature in our portfolio. They present an opportunity for us to marry aesthetics and engineering to create stunning design statements.

We’re delighted that one of our most recent staircases, designed for a private residential development by Borheh Architects, has been shortlisted in the Wood Awards, which recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood.

Stay tuned for the results, which will be announced in November.