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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 seating.


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.


Case Study - Joseph Rowntree School



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 roofs.


The main contractor wrote to our client, who passed on the letter to ourselves.  It read


“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.

Case Study - Waitrose Thame

We look forward to your continued contribution on the second phase of this successful project.”



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.”

Case Study - Hayling Island Sailing Club



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.

Case Study - Amcor Plastics Ilkeston


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