WH Projects Featured in 'The Structural Engineer'

We are pleased to see two projects for which Westmuckett Hawkes completed the structural design and detailing featured in the December 2015 issue of 'The Structural Engineer', the flagship publication of The Institution of Structural Engineers.

The featured article describes the Alfriston School's new pool project for which we carried out the detailed analysis and design for the angular prefabricated cross-laminated and Glulam timber roof for contractors Cowley Timber. Details of the project can be found in our portfolio. The project won the Wood Awards 2014 Structural Award category and a Commendation in the IStructE Structural Awards 2015 (Award for Education or Healthcare Structures) as well as the RIBA National Award 2015.

In the technical section of the journal, details of the glued-in rods at the the steel-to-timber interface in the roof of Scunthorpe Sports Academy.  The innovative structure relies on the utilisation of glued-in rods at the node points within the roof to limit the stresses in the slender timber elements forming the dome. Details of the project can be found in our portfolio.

WH Projects Featured in 'The Structural Engineer'

IStructE Structural Awards 2015 Commendation

We are pleased to announce that Alfriston School Swimming Pool has been awarded a Commendation in the IStructE Structural Awards 2015 - Award for Eductional or Healthcare Structures.

Working with Cowley Timberwork, Westmuckett Hawkes used concept sketches produced by Elliott Wood to design this interesting angular prefabricated building composed of a cross-laminated timber skin supported on a Glulam timber frame. The initial scheme design was completed in analysis and design program Robot by our London office. Our York office then completed the final detailed design for both the main structure and connection design using Oasys GSA.

The project won a series of awards in 2014 and 2015, including the RIBA National Award 2015, Wood Awards 2014 and Civic Trust Commendation.

IStructE Structural Awards 2015 Commendation

Wood Awards 2014 Success

We were delighted to attend the Wood Awards 2014 on 18th November where Alfriston Swimming Pool was awarded the Structural Award category.

WH were employed by Cowley Timber to provide the structural design for this angular prefabricated roof composed of a cross-laminated timber skin supported on a Glulam timber frame.  The prefabricated structure was manufactured off site in 12 triangulated truss modules, the largest being 12m long x 6m high.  The entire site assembly took place over an 8 week period.

The overall ambition for the project was to ensure that the structural logic was easy to read and through the simple execution of detail, selection of fittings and finishes retain a practical appearance, free of decoration and unnecessary maintenance. The rippling sculptural form also serves as an acoustic baffle thus preventing a high reverberation of sound, which is a crucial aspect of the brief.

For more information on the award, please click here.

See our portfolio also.

Wood Awards 2014 Success

WH Celebrates 5 Years!

Westmuckett Hawkes are celebrating 5 years in practice since forming the company in 2009.  We have enjoyed working on many exciting and challenging jobs over that time and look forward to continuing in expanding our portfolio and experience.

WH Celebrates 5 Years!

Courts 14 & 15 Completed for Wimbledon 2014 Championship

The basement structure below Courts 14 and 15 has been completed in time for the 2014 Championship.

Construction was completed within an impressive 6 months to ensure no adverse affect on the Championship.  Although the court has been laid, it will not be ready to use until next years championships but will provide a rest area for spectators.

WHL were involved in the structural, civil and drainage design and detailing in this development.

Courts 14 & 15 Completed for Wimbledon 2014 Championship

Going underground at Wimbledon

The basement development underneath Courts 14 and 15 continues at pace, these will house various new press and ballboy/girl facilities.

The race is on for the completion of the structural shell before the 2014 championships with astonishing progress being made on a weekly basis.

Going underground at Wimbledon

Alfriston School swimming pool timber roof nears completion

The new swimming pool building for Alfriston special school for girls nears completion.

The panelised structure enables quick and simple construction as well as being inherently stiff and stable.

Alfriston School swimming pool timber roof nears completion

Isn't it good Norwegian Wood!

 

WHL worked with Cowley Timber Engineering in designing this timber gridshell roof for back-to-back auditoriums at St Olav's University Hospital in Trondheim, Norway.

This project has recently been completed and more information can be found in our Portfolio.

 

Isn't it good Norwegian Wood!

Live Tennis Come Rain or Shine

Completed in time for the 2009 Championship, its main use during the 2010 tournament was just for sun protection -no rain!

In 2011,however, the roof finally came into its own with play only possible under its protection on several days of almost tropical thunderstorms. During the 2012 and 2013 championships it was used frequently in the case of either rain or failing light.

The roof allows play to continue up until 11pm and has been used many times to enable the completion of some very big matches, this has included both Laura Robson and Andy Murray in the 2013 championships.

For more information on the roof and our role at Wimbledon see following articles:

 

RIBA Journal

New Steel Construction

Live Tennis Come Rain or Shine