We are very pleased to refer you to our on line “Google” reviews which are published by a range of clients, without any arm twisting to say nice things about us !!
Almost all are complementary and the only one which is not ( unfortunately our very first review some years ago !) was only in respect of a misunderstanding over pricing and in comparing our High Street prices with someone working from home, who was inevitably cheaper but was not providing a like for like service.
A mixed-use development of a former workhouse in Peckham in conjunction with long-time collaborators Holden Harper Architects.
This particular project utilised structural steel frames and CFSF (Cold-formed steel framing) to achieve a light-weight, low-carbon and rapid-build solution.
Partnering with H2 Architecture and Kenham Building, Pole Strucutral Engineers Senior Engineer Jakub Nowikowski has desigend a trio of luxury, concrete framed detatched houses with full-size basements in a very desirable area of Wimbledon Village.
For this particular project, Pole have been working on a ‘design and build’ basis for the Main Contractor rather than a ‘traditional’ contractural route. We enjoy partnering in this way with Contractors we know well, where the collaborative approach can deliver significant added value to the building owner.
Renders by James Eardley
For a small rear extension in the heart of Wimbledon Village, Pole Strucutral Engineers have utilised structural steel to create a ‘tented’ rooflight to maintain natural lighting into the main house.
Working with long-time collaborator Annette Peters Design , Pole Strucutral Engineers designed a ‘kit set’ steel mezzanine for erection inside a 1950s school hall in Greenford.
Used as a 6th form common room, the mezzanine proved a cost-effective way for the school to create additional floor space of what was an underutilised section of the hall.
Simon will be presenting on the topic of party walls to the Association of Structural Engineers for London Boroughs. He regularly presents on this topic at The institution of Structural Engineers and is actively involved with party wall surveyors at The Pyramus And Thisbe Club and The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.
Pole Structural Engineers undertook the refurbishment and extension of a Grade II Listed (Circa 16th Century) Farmhouse in Sevenoaks.
For this modern extension to a 1970s row of terraced houses on the edge of Richmond Park, h2 Architecture required an open plan ground floor with very minimal structure. To achieve this, Pole Structural Engineers designed a structural steel ‘jungle gym’ frame utilising CHS slender columns and movement frames to avoid unsightly cross bracing and give the impression of a ‘floating’ structure.
One of the more further afield jobs, Pole Structural Engineers recently undertook a structural survey of a historic Maltese castle for the filming of MTV’s True Love, True Lies 2 with Danny (& Dani) Dyer.
Pole undertake regular film and TV work and enjoy the variety and creativity required to ensure that the show goes on.
For Scheme design and either small projects or simply when a complex detail needs to be communicated, we find that architects, builders and clients like nothing better than a 3D hand sketch.
Very pleasing to see our project at Eagle House High Street Wimbledon Village completed.
Thank you from all the staff at Pole, we are very grateful for the kind words and the comments and we will, “as always” keep up the good service.
This project in Whitsand Bay headed up by Teresa Cheuk, is a memorable project for our Pole team.
We could not wait to see the final result and what a fabulous property it turned out to be.
Contact us to see how one of our super team can help you.
Simon Pole has recently provided expert reports and appeared in court as an Expert Witness in two cases.
The first of these was in a high profile case in the High Court, in a case called Chaturachanda v Fairholme which concerned a London basement project and whether the neighbour held a right to veto the specifics of the projects on the basis that the underpinning comprised Special Foundations, as defined by The Party Wall Etc Act 1996 .
The second case was a tribunal and concerned historic alterations to a listed building in Oxted in Surrey.
The Grand Designs Live show at Excel was a great success with professions from all over the world.
Simon Pole had a full schedule as an “Ask the Expert” and discussed all manor of design enquiries including new homes with basements and even a 20m high, brick built octagonal chimney for a property in Norway.
If you would like to receive any structural advice or have a property you would like us to visit, please contact us here at the office on 020 8944 9955
Unauthorised basement excavation halted by planners
Planners from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have ordered the owner of 77 Stanhope Mews East, SW7, to stop an unauthorised basement excavation or face prosecution.
The Council received reports from members of the public that the owner was preparing to carry out excavation works inside the property. Planning Enforcement Officers visited the site and warned the owner that legal action would be taken if excavation began without planning permission.
Despite numerous warnings a visit by an enforcement officer, on 20 August, confirmed excavation work had begun. The concrete floor had been broken and two large holes had been excavated which were two metres deep. The spoil that had been dug out was piled up at the side of the holes. As a result the Council’s Planning Enforcement Team issued a Temporary Stop Notice on Tuesday 26 August to halt the unauthorised basement development. If works continue the owner will commit a criminal offence which could lead to a maximum penalty of £20,000 in a magistrates court and unlimited if heard in a crown court.
Cllr Timothy Coleridge, Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, said: “The Royal Borough will not tolerate developers who ignore planning law. Hopefully the property owner now ceases these excavation works but, if not, our Planning Enforcement Team will use all available legal powers to protect residents from this unauthorised development.”
Basement developments can have a big impact on the lives of neighbouring residents which is why a number of planning conditions are attached to grants of planning permission to mitigate this. Any unauthorised basement extension is of concern because planners will not have had the opportunity to assess the impact the development will have on the local area.
Simon Pole published a paper in the journal for the Institution of Structural Engineers,
The article, for engineers is a viewpoint or opinion article, relaying the experiences of working with many Party Wall Surveyors who wish that more engineers would be familiar with Party Wall procedures. The article concentrates on foundation and basement construction and the complex issues surrounding Special Foundations.
Luxury new house in Surrey circa 15,000 square feet with basement parking and lower ground floor pool etc. We are designing the house using commercial office technology due to its large room sizes and to remove the relatively slow brick and stonework from the critical building path. It also provides a safe and watertight floor by floor construction to allow other activities to commence below.
Simon Pole presented a lecture on the role of the advising engineer to the Surrey branch of the Pyramus and Thisbe club. The slides used for the presentation are enclosed within the technical section of the web site for those interested.
Simon also presented to the institution of Structural Engineers on the role of the Engineer both as designer and Advising Engineer to the party Wall Surveyors
We are advising various landlords whose property might be affected by tunnelling. Some 50 properties around Soho Square and surrounding streets are affected by the Tottenham Court Road station and running tunnels. Cement grouting is proposed beneath many of these properties and our task is to advise whether this is necessary and the likely risks/ commercial implications for this strengthening work. We are working with Steve Barker at BSVP Building and Project Consultants www.bsvp.co.uk