Sinclair Johnston & Partners Newsletter: October 2018

A Sinclair Johnston & Partners Autumn Welcome!


With the Summer season coming to a close and the Autumn leaves starting to fall, the year is slowly beginining to wind down for many. But here at Sinclair Johnston & Partners the work never stops and we want to show you just what we have been upto over the past few months.

St. Bartholomews Hospital – Private Patient Unit



The Main Contractor (Kier) is now fully mobilized on site and work is to commence soon to install the temporary works to restrain the existing retained façade of the Old Pathology building while the internal floor structures are demolished.  At the Modern Pathology and Residential Staff Quarters building investigation works have been coordinated with Kier to expose details of the existing construction and to inform the structural details that are soon to be issued “for Construction”. Sinclair Johnston & Partners have worked closely with Kier to obtain sign-off of the Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI) by Museum of London, required to commence the first phase of Archaeology excavations and recordings on site.

The Sloane Building, SW10


Works on The Sloane Building are coming along nice, with the Kings Library nearing completion after being transformed with a new rooftop penthouse and a new basement. Works include a new impressive ‘Tear Drop’ cantilever stair.


SJ&P were appointed as the Structural Engineering Consultants, designing and advising on complex works back in 2015 where the plan was to redevelop this 20th century school in to 18 individual apartments in the heart of Chelsea.

Deodar Road, SW15


SJ&P were appointed as the structural engineers on this project. This building consisted of 4 individual apartments of which the owner and Architect wanted to connect the middle two flats and combine them into one flat. In 2017 SJ&P put together an outline construction method statement which successfully convinced the Surveryors for properties 1 and 4 that the works could be done without affecting the the above and below apartments.


In order to link the 2 apartments, the Client and Architect wanted to build a grand staircase. And in the fullness of time – a grand staricase was created.

SJ&P win new Burgess Hill Community Centre Development


SJ&P have been appointed as structural engineers to design a new Theatre and Community Centre in Burgess Hill, Sussex. The building will provide a flexible community and performing arts Centre that is suitable for a wide range of uses, making it a central hub for the Community.

Burgess Hill 1

Pre-planning work is currently underway and it is hoped that works will start on site in late 2019.

Kevin Hallaway’s Trip to Tbilisi, Georgia


The National Trust of Georgia, current owners of this 19th century building, contacted Architect, Donald Hankey, to help advise on how best to conserve this historic monument in the capital city, Tbilisi. Donald Hankey, former UK President of International Council on Monuments and Sites, contacted our very own Kevin Halloway (Technical Director) for a more specialist Conservation approach.

Due to the lack of adequate funding, the building has not been well maintained over time and is slowly shifting due to the movement in the foundations. The plan was to devise a quick scheme that will allow the building to be strengthened and repaired so it has a more viable structure; improving it’s useability and safety whilst retaining it’s character. It is to be divided Sectioning into office space for the National Trust of Georgia, commercial use of basement and garden level and using the accomodation space on the upper level for NTG visitors whilst preserving the beautiful Mulberry tree located in the Garden area.


With the building located in an Earthquake Zone, Tiziana Meciani (Technical Director of Conservation at SJ&P) whose heritage stems from Italy, was able to help advise on how best to conserve the building, as buildings in Italy are designed and structured to cope with the effects of Earthquakes.

The initial plan for works has been submitted but will be expanded further by the other parties involved in Georgia as there will be funding required to start works. The intention is that this project will be used as an example by the National Trust of Georgia for conserving other heritage buildings throughout Georgia.

CARE AGM Hosted at SJ&P Offices


September saw the Institution of Civil Engineers CARE (Conservation Accreditation Register of Engineers) Annual General Meeting hosted by Patrick Courtney (Institution of Civil Engineers) at the SJ&P Offices.

Both Sinclair Johnston (Consultant) and Matteo Francini (Senior Conservation Engineer) kicked off the presentation with a discussion on SJ&P’s work at St. Stephens Church, Westbourne Park.

The forum was then opened up for discussions and with a glass of wine to end the evening!

SJ&P Forcia Bike Ride


Well done to the SJ&P Riding Team, Caroline Butchart, Matt Williams, Eddie Chandler and colleague Gregory Mckenna of Byrne Looby who completed 78km in just over 4 hours. With the sun shining, all riders took the roads of the Sussex countryside, hitting some of the steepest points of the route (especially Ditchling Beacon) continuing to power through.


All made it to the end unscathed (well just about, I’m sure Gregory was a bit sore after his battle with the stinging nettles). So, to say we are proud is an understatement and we’re sure you are all gearing up for the next ride.