One of several “hybrid” buildings recently undertaken by Midland Structural Services,
this multi functional building consisted of 8 teaching blocks around a central “street”.
The steelwork comprised of many compound beams and sections accommodating, masonry,
P.C. units, glazing, timber cladding and traditional cladding.
There were elliptical and curved areas within the structure, some of these being
exposed above the roof with sloping roofs on the elliptical sections leading to complex
curved beam details. The elliptical areas also housed terraced areas for auditorium
The roof of the street was constructed using curved and cambered timber glulam beams.
These timber beams were modelled and detailed by ourselves and the cam data was
supplied directly to the glulam manufacturer.
WAITROSE - THAME
A complicated extension to an existing store on all 4 sides. The traditional tiled
roof construction was maintained throughout, with various changes in levels, hips,
valleys, mansard dormers and feature eaves soffits. An extension to the unloading
and bulk store areas required a high level of co-ordination with door suppliers,
envelope contractor, and end user.
We undertook several surveys of the existing frame to ensure alignment of the associated
The main contractor wrote to our client, who passed on the letter to ourselves. It
“We write to express our appreciation and thanks for your efforts and professional
approach to the first phase of the steel frame erection at Waitrose, Thame.
Both Hurst Pierce & Malcolm and ourselves were greatly impressed by your diligent
assistance into the design process which resulted in an extremely smooth running
assembly with no re-work to this complex structure.
We look forward to your continued contribution on the second phase of this successful
HAYLING ISLAND SAILING CLUB
A complex structure architecturally pleasing to the eye with many maritime features
within the steel frame work.
A basic portal framed building was adorned with feature eaves cantilevers, exposed
curved walkways and decorative stairs and balustrades. A delicate balance was required
to provide aesthetically acceptable connections with structural adequacy. The galvanised
structure required a high degree of accuracy throughout.
Our client wrote to us on completion, stating:
“I write to thank you for the excellent quality of work you provided to us on this
project. As a result of the accuracy and standard of your drawings, we did not suffer
from any lack of fit and had very little siteworks.
Well done to all of your team who worked on this project. A marvellous effort on
what was a relatively complicated frame and certainly not easy to sort out.”
AMCOR PLASTICS – ILKESTON
A high bay factory extension with floors and platforms at 7 different levels.
The client required 4 new production lines, to produce plastic packaging, supplied
to a worldwide market.
Two of the production lines were purchased new. The co-ordination and engineering
of the steelwork, to support these production lines was undertaken by ourselves,
liasing with the German supplier direct.
The other two production lines were relocated from Ledbury and Denmark. These were
measured and surveyed while in operation, before being de-commissioned and relocated.
All support steel was designed and detailed in readiness for the relocation process.
The floor levels were linked by a myriad of stairs, platforms and walkways. The
set out and layout of all stairs etc. avoiding the production runs was also part
of our brief.