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BUILD AN AMAZING CAREER!

Are you fascinated by buildings and their structures? Can you design and calculate structural members? Can you scheme up projects? Well Blue might be the perfect place for you!⁣

We are hiring at all levels. We create the job role to suit individual’s skills and experience.

In our office in Shoreditch, you will be working full-time in a team as an engineer designing structure on architecturally led projects. You will be designing to Eurocodes and will be working with the apprentices to have your designs turned into drawings. You will work with software such as Tekla Structures, Robot and AutoCAD.

For more information, or to Apply Online, visit:

Apply to be a Structural Engineer

 

 

 


 

 

The New Recruitment Process

Interested in how the structures of buildings work? Have a creative flair and desire for problem-solving? If so, Blue could be the place for you.

We have a newly tailored procedure for recruitment at Blue. This new system enables you to play a more active role in the recruitment process from the early stages.

All you have to do is call our recruitment phoneline and leave us a voicemail introducing yourself. In the voicemail, you should tell us what you are looking for in a job, why you are applying and why you think you could be a good fit for Blue.

 

Our recruitment phoneline is 0203 982 8393.

If you leave a message, we promise to get back to you.

 

Hackney Design Awards

Our project Rushmore Road in partnership with ZCD Architects was commended and won the People’s Choice Award in the Hackney Design Awards, 2018. The design was described as ‘imaginative”, and the judges applauded the use of sequential spaces from the “compact ground floor”, which created the open-plan and light spaces. Furthermore, the “nettings in place of the guardrails” were also pinpointed as an exemplary feature, being “particularly appropriate in this innovative and fun architectural design”.

Click through to see the Awards brochure

https://hackney.gov.uk/media/13288/Hackney-Design-Awards-2018-brochure/pdf/HDA-brochure-2018.pdf?m=636868783146430000

National Apprenticeship Week Podcast

The apprenticeship programme at Blue Engineering is an integrated part of the business. Since appointing a single apprentice in 2012, the programme has developed, becoming a refined element in the company structure. In the lead up to National Apprenticeship Week 2019, Managing Partner James Nevin recorded a podcast with London Business Coaching on the benefits of growing a business through an integrated apprenticeship program.

When James advertised for 3 apprenticeship opportunities last summer, he received 180 applications including AAA students who turned down places at top universities for the chance to work with him.

The applications were so good, 5 structural apprentices were appointed to be trained through the Blue Apprenticeship Programme, making it the most successful recruitment for the company to date. This is a significant and purposeful business investment by Blue that aims to achieve a stream of well rounded and high achieving engineers.

As of 2018, Blue Engineering is proud to be working alongside the University of East London (UEL) to offer successful candidates a Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeship. The six-year program enables successful candidates to gain a full Foundation Degree (Level 4) Bachelor’s (Level 6) or Master’s (Level 7) and several years of work experience at the same time. Only a handful of universities offer Civil Engineering Degree Apprenticeships in the UK, making it a great opportunity for both applicants and the business.

Leading up to National Apprenticeship Week 2019, the company will be highlighting the various business benefits and keep striving to showcase the energy and passion apprenticeships can bring to an organisation.

 

To listen to the podcast “How To Hire and Train Apprentices” please click here. 

 

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 takes place 4 to 8 March 2019. To read more about NAW 2019, please click here.

 

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Most credited Structural Engineers, Don’t Move, Improve! nominations 2018-2019

The New London Architecture’s Don’t Move, Improve! Awards is an annual competition recognising London’s best and most innovative home extensions and improvements. Blue Engineering is proud to have worked with 11 creative architects since 2016 whose projects have been highlighted by the NLA and associate members.

In 2019, Blue Engineering was the structural engineer on five exemplary nominated projects, working with frequent collaborators such as Studio McW and Arboreal Architecture, who won the ‘Most Sustainable’ award with “Reuse Flat”. Blue values the collaborative relationships we have formed with architects; this is evident with our annual partnership with Darren Oldfield Architects. From 2016 to 2018, our coordinated projects have been nominated for numerous awards, and we hope this achievement will follow into future prospects. Additionally, we have teamed up with Nimtim Architects over the years, with shortlisted projects such as 2017’s “Yellow House” and 2018’s “Pitch Perfect”. In 2018, we worked on eight nominated projects by David Stanley Architects and Romy Grabosch, Nicholas Szczepaniak and ZCD, to name a few.

Blue Engineering is proud to have worked on 13 projects in the last two years that have been featured or won in this competition. This makes us one of the most credited Structural Engineering companies in submitted or featured projects. We are excited to continue this journey, working on new projects and collaborating with talented architects.

Projects are published in Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 magazine and showcased in a three-month exhibition at The Building Centre in Central London. This free exhibition, running until 26 April 2019, displays a wealth of inspiration for those looking to embark on their own home improvements.

Photo credits New London Architecture 

Nautilus in The Sunday Times

Nautilus is a spiral staircase developed by Hassan Nourbakhsh This dynamic design statement was fitted for a residential refurbishment in an East London flat. The minimalist hollow stair is formed from 180 unique pieces of ply, CNC cut and assembled on site with no visible connections.

The project was featured this weekend in the Sunday Times in an article highlighting bespoke staircase projects.

Described as “A piece of sculpture worthy of an Escher print, this helical staircase is also a marvel of carpentry” in the Sunday Times, Nautilus has grabbed headlines since its completion, having also been awarded “Highly Commended” in the Wood Awards 2017.

Click here to read the full article.

 

Don’t Move Improve 2019

The New London Architecture’s Don’t Move, Improve! Awards is an annual competition recognising London’s best and most innovative home extensions and improvements. Blue Engineering is proud to have worked with many amazing architects over the years whose projects have been highlighted by the NLA and associate members.

Projects are published in 2019 Don’t Move, Improve! magazine and showcased in a three-month exhibition at The Building Centre in Central London. This free exhibition displays a wealth of inspiration for those looking to embark on their own home improvements.

The projects we worked on are 3 Planes by Studio McW, CNT.5 by Melissa White Architects, Block House by Nimtim Architects, Friern Terrace by Campbell Cadey and Reuse Flat by Arboreal Architecture who won an award for Most Sustainable project. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The exhibition is now open – be sure to check it out and download your copy of The Don’t Move, Improve 2019 magazine here.

Finished Project – Rushmore Road

London is known for being a metropolitan city of culture and wealth. With it comes a demand for property to accommodate a large and overwhelming population. The flurry of such a prosperous city calls for the use of space in unconventional and unique ways.

The project aim was to maximise the building footprint in the development of Rushmore Road in partnership with ZCD Architects. The challenge of redeveloping an infill site is made apparent to the lack of space and close proximity to sensitive surroundings.

The new build house sits on an 11m x 8m site, constrained by houses on all sides. The building site was originally a post-war, single storey building used as a builder’s yard before it was demolished.

To capitalize on the footprint, we focused on increasing the area compacity by reducing the structural perimeter of the building. Slender walls were logically designed in order to minimise structural compacity by 50%. This created more interior space for the client and allowed for more necessary head height.

Communal areas were designed to range in floor elevations. These proportions related to an illusion of varied height which worked with the increased floor to ceiling ratio, enhancing connectivity throughout.

The steel frame and the blockwork walls were used along with the floor joists to further express the anticipated design. Integrating exposed structural elements helps optimise space efficiency and serves as attractive design features. A feature staircase was designed from the ground to the first floor with steel flat plate stringers laser cut to allow the solid timber treads to bear directly onto the stringer.

The external focal feature is the CNC cut metal cladding, made of Corten, or “weathered” steel, that accentuates the house’s character because of its unique texture and colour.

This project is an example of how complex sites can be challenged creatively while supporting the new London Plan that encourages developers to build new housing units on small sites. Rushmore Road has been shortlisted for the 2018 Hackney Design Awards.

 

Project Focus – Larch House

Larch House is a bespoke Victorian residential property, aesthetically brought to life with Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects. The family home in North London was designed to retain its original Victoria spatial proportions, while extensive refurbishments and reconfigurations were added according to the aspirations of the clients. The tight space and proximity to party walls meant the project was designed in mind of planning regulations and to elevate the space’s potential.

The vision for Larch House was to design an open space using light, exposed structural elements for architecture expression and an evident contrast to the other half of the house. The focus was to create illusive “lightness” to the structure through selective material and technical design.

The works included the development of a new side and rear wrap around extension, uniquely conceived as a contemporary interpretation of Australian veranda structure. The brief specified creating a unit that acted as a threshold space between the lighter areas of the garden and darker areas of the property, uplifting the kitchen and dining room.

The exposed structural elements were focal to the space and aesthetics of the project. New reinstated skirting boards and cornice features were added and support mechanisms like the distinctive beams further expressing the aspired conception of the property. The engineered larch beams measured at 400mm deep and provide privacy from neighbouring windows while creating spatial flow.

Lightness was created by using 50mm timber sections including the 3.2m high bifold doors to the rear elevation. This careful and precise interpretation of client aesthetic objectives was executed through a collaborative approach from the early design stages. The finished product exemplified the client wishes and is a great example of cooperative structural and architectural design.


 

 

 

Join our Team – Structural Technician Vacancy

Structural Technician – Take your career to another level!

We’re looking for someone who is hungry to learn and who wants to get stuck in and be inspired by their career. Does this sound like you? Read on!

We are Blue Engineering. Structural Engineers who are completely inspired by what we do. We work closely with architects to make projects stand out from the crowd and much more.

An amazing and rare role has come up to slot into our existing Residential Team to work with project leaders to prepare the structural drawings and calculations for whole projects, leading to becoming client facing.

We’re looking for someone with an HNC in a related engineering or architectural field to join us. You must have office experience, site experience would be great too, but we’re fully prepared to train you in the specifics of the world of residential projects, you’ve got to bring to the table your enthusiasm and willingness to learn. In return we’ll turn you into an Engineer!

You’ll be thrown in the deep end and you’ll learn everything there is to know to run projects from start to finish and to become client facing. You’ll additionally be given the option to join our apprenticeship degree programme at UEL (University of East London).

Only apply if you are ready to put the work in to supercharge your career!

To apply, please email us a cover letter stating why you think you are the best person for the job and also attach your CV. The email address is joinus@blueengineering.co.uk