Sinclair Johnston & Partners: Newsletter December 2018
As the year quickly draws to an end, Sinclair Johnston & Partners would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year for 2019.
We couldn’t let the year end without one last update from us, so here’s a quick recap of what we have been up to since we last dropped in!
Planning Permission Granted: Bridge House
Planning permission has just been granted for a roof top extension to Bridge House, which is a Grade II Listed building on the south end of London Bridge. Sinclair Johnston & Partners have been working on this for the last few months, and have now been instructed by GMS Estates to progress the design to Stage 4, with the aim of site work starting in June 2019.
As with many great projects comes a few challenges and for SJ&P that includes dealing with the additional load from this extension, which sits on a very efficiently designed 1978 concrete framed building. Bridge House is also sandwiched between London Bridge & Southwark Cathedral, so access and buildability are important considerations.
Completion: Friern Barnet Spire
All Saints Church, Friern Barnett is now nearing completion!
Works on the stone spire started initially in 2016 and has since then been repaired with the top third rebuilt in Bath stone. New stainless-steel ring beams have been fitted inside the spire to replace the original iron plates which were completely corroded. The weathervane has been cleaned, repaired and refitted at the top.
In celebration of this project coming to an end, a ‘Topping Out’ ceremony with Bishop Robert of Edmonton was held in November to mark the completion.
Reappointed: Tooting Bec Lido
Sinclair Johnston & Partners have been re-appointed on the largest open air pool in the UK, Tooting Bec Lido. Located in Tooting (South West London), SJ&P will be undertaking a feasibility study for alterations to the plant room at the Lido alongside the recently completed Entrance Pavilion.
Grand Opening: West Norwood Cinema & Library
November saw the re-opening for the exciting new West Norwood Library and Cinema. As a joint partnership between Lambeth Council and Picturehouse Cinemas, the venture brought together a state-of-the-art four-screen cinema and library with added facilities to the community of West Norwood.
Sinclair Johnston & Partners were appointed in early 2015 as the Structural Engineers for this project. Works involved the demolition of the pre-existing office block that was then replaced with a 5-story building which houses 2 cinema screens, café and bar area. The existing auditorium was renovated and now houses 2 further cinema screens and raked seating which was formed through a large opening on the ground floor. Retaining its previous location, the library now holds a small library and computer room along with a reading area available for community use.