Finalist in the Apprenticeships National Awards 2017

Our apprentices have been an integral part of our company from the get go, and we’ve been vocal supporters of the apprenticeship model and the benefits it can bring both to individuals and to businesses.

So we’re especially proud to announce that we’re regional finalists in the Apprenticeships National Awards 2017 as Employer of the Year. It’s great to be recognised for what has been – and remains – a cornerstone of our practice, and supports the culture of personal and professional growth that we have created.

Winners will be announced later this year, so watch this space!

The Science Lab

Our recently completed project with Made with Volume, a spatial design studio led by Creative Director Carlo Viscione, is a masterclass in attention to detail.

Originally a school science laboratory, art department and canteen, the house has been converted from two independent flats over two floors back into one single 4-bedroom family home with wild flower green roof and private roof terrace.

The house had to be completely stripped back to its brick and concrete framework, exposing the pot and beam concrete ceilings again, and now celebrates the building’s original structural elements as design features.

Frameless extensions and floating stairs

We recently completed our latest project with ZCD Architects in East London, a residential refurbishment and extension of a London Victorian terraced house into a contemporary, open-plan family home bathed in natural light and elegant detailing.

The scheme included removing an existing conservatory extension to the rear of the house and replacing it with a new rear and side extension to the lower ground and first floors.

The structural transformation of the space is anchored by the frameless glazed extension. The internal focal point is a cleverly designed staircase hung from above that appears to be floating within the space.

Photos by Charles Hosea

We’re on the list

This week has brought us great news with three of our projects having been shortlisted in a number of awards. No.49 with 31/44 Architects, which recently featured in Grand Designs (see previous post), is shortlisted in the RIBA London Awards 2017. We’re also thrilled to have not one, but two projects in the running for the LABC Building Excellence Awards.  Herne Hill with KN Designs (pictured) and Westwood Park with Darren Oldfield Architects are both up for the Best Extension of Alteration to an Existing Home. Stay tuned for the results!

Grand Designs Magazine

As a structural engineering studio, it’s inevitable that many of our team have aspirations to one day build their own Grand Design. It’s especially rewarding therefore to see one of our projects featured in the magazine. This year’s March issue featured a residential new build we worked on with 31/44 Architects.

We regularly collaborate with this London and Amsterdam-based practice, who has a very similar philosophy to ours, with an eye for careful detailing and craftsmanship. Click here to read the full article.

 

Blue Engineering at Number 10 Downing Street

As supporters of apprenticeships and spokespeople for the government’s Get In Go Far campaign, Blue Engineering was invited to Number 10 Downing Street last week to celebrate ten years of National Apprenticeship Week. One of our current apprentices Ronnie Hassell, pictured here fourth from the left, attended the event alongside other apprentices from London. Ronnie met with Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service and David Hill, Apprenticeship Director at the Department for Education, and was given a tour of the prime ministerial residence. Themed ‘Ladder of Opportunity’, NAW2017 saw a host of events during the course of the week to celebrate apprenticeships and their benefits to individuals, businesses and the economy.

National Apprentice Week 2017 celebratory 10th year event at 10 Downing Street, London hosted by Minister Robert Halfon with Sue Husband, David Meller, David Hill and current and previous apprentices.. 10.3.2017 Photographer Sam Pearce/ www.square-image.co.uk

Blue Engineering on London Live News

Yesterday, the Department for Education launched a new initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships to SMEs, as part of a programme that will see more than 200,000 apprentices recruited by small businesses in the next year.

We’re proud to be one of the success stories to feature in the Get In Go Far campaign. Our Partner James Nevin was interviewed last night on London Live News where he talked about the value of apprenticeships to businesses and young people. As he explained:

“As a growing business in a competitive industry, our dynamic workforce is our strongest asset, and apprenticeships provide a valuable pipeline to a constant stream of fresh talent. At Blue Engineering we place emphasis on creative, solution-oriented thinking. Apprentices are not stuck in their ways – they bring new ideas and their own ambitions to the business environment. Hiring apprentices is integral to our growth strategy and ensures that we’re constantly at the forefront of innovation in structural engineering.”

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Wishing all of our Architects, Contractors and Clients a very Merry Christmas, we have very much enjoyed working with you and look forward to an exciting 2017!

The team celebrated Christmas in the office with a k-nex challenge, followed by dinner and drinks in Shoreditch.

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