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.

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!

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.

London Construction Awards

Following its success in the Walthamstow Design Awards, the Science Lab, which we worked on with Made with Volume, has been shortlisted in the London Construction Awards for Best Architectural Design of the Year.

This house has a rich history. It started life as a school canteen, science laboratory and art department. It was then used as a recording studio for East 17’s Walthamstow album demo and for Run DMC, and in the nineties became a regular rave venue. Today, the Science Lab has been converted into a beautiful family home and a new architectural landmark for Walthamstow.

 

British Homes Awards Shortlist

We’re thrilled to be on the shortlist for the Sunday Times British Homes Awards in the Home Transformation of the Year category, for our residential project ‘Acute Intervention’ with David Stanley Architects.

The British Homes Awards ‘recognise the talent, effort and innovation of architects, designers… working across the residential property sector today. They celebrate the quality of the homes and communities being created in the UK, showcasing the best in design.’

Stay tuned… the winners will be announced in September.

Winner RIBA National Awards

Following its success in the RIBA London Awards and RIBA Regional Small Project of the year Awards, we’re thrilled to announce that No.49, which we worked on with 31/44 Architects, has scooped up a RIBA National Award!

The RIBA National Awards are given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture.

Building Excellence

The LABC Building Excellence Awards is an annual programme run by the body for Local Authority Building Control, which recognises excellence and quality in all types of building projects.

We have been shortlisted every year since Blue’s inception and are delighted to have been Highly Commended again for Best Extension or Alteration to an existing home for our project in Herne Hill with KN Designs.

Thanks to Jack and Charlie for representing the team at the awards ceremony, which took place at London’s imposing Guildhall.

Blue at Tate Modern

We are pleased to say that our work is now at Tate Modern! We have worked on a sculptural installation created by Russian artist Erik Bulatov to celebrate the centenary of the Russian revolution.

We were brought onboard for this public art commission by A-Political. The letters were fabricated in a foundry in France that Bulatov has worked with on a number of occasions to create these arresting statements. We checked the site to ensure the existing basement beneath did not become over loaded and advised on how the letters could resist wind and crowd loading.

The sculpture, titled ‘ВПЕРЕД’, shows the word ‘Forward’ spelt out four times in Cyrillic letters. If you head to Tate Modern, look out for the sculpture in front of Switch House. You can’t miss it, each letter is ten feet tall!

 

Winner RIBA London Awards

Exciting news this morning that we’ve won not one, but two RIBA Awards for No. 49, designed by 31/44 Architects. This new build family home in South London has received a RIBA London Award 2017 and Regional Small Project of the Year 2017 Award.

Judges noted ‘this house was outstanding’ and ‘makes a significant and appropriate urban contribution by providing a clear edge and identity to this […] street, which was previously lacking in definition’.

A huge congrats to all involved! These accolades are testament to the true spirit of partnership and collaboration that has been at the heart of this project.

Photo by Anna Stathaki