Sinclair Johnston & Partners Newsletter: February 2019

With Spring on the horizon, we can finally start packing away our wooly’s and get excited for what is to come.

Sinclair Johnston & Partners have some pretty exciting projects coming up over the next few months but here’s what we have been up to in February so far.                                    .


New Project: House of Vans, London


Sinclair Johnston & Partners have been appointed to provide structural engineering advice on the extension of the House of Vans skate board park and performance space based in Waterloo, London.

House of Vans 5

The space will be linked to the adjoining Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel where new openings will be formed through the heavily loaded bridge abutments that sit directly below the railway lines approaching Waterloo Station.

House of Vans 3

House of Vans 4


New Project: Church of the Most Precious Blood


Located in Southwark, London, Sinclair Johnston & Partners have been appointed as the Structural Engineering Consultants on this Grade II listed building. Built in 1891-92, the church was designed by F A Walters and was described by the architect as ‘an extremely simple style of Romanesque or Norman, somewhat like the earlier portions of the abbey of St. Albans’.

Due a tree growing through the brickwork and roof timber structure, extensive repairs need to be made to the roof supports of which Sinclair Johnston & Partners are providing a Structural Engineering report; advising and making recommendations for the repairs to the roof once the tree has been removed.

An original architect’s drawing of the Church was found at the V&A Museum, London.


Church of the Most Precious Blood original architect’s drawing.


Planning Permission Granted: Redgate Barns, Herefordshire


Permission to turn a redundant farm building into a single dwelling house has been granted under the special provision of Section Q of the GDPO, which allows conversion without the need for planning permission. Sinclair Johnston has taken a special interest in this process and has advised on a number of redundant barns.

Redgate Barns


Project Update: Durham Place


Sinclair Johnston & Partners are advising on structural repairs of these two early Victorian townhouses.

Durham Place 1

The houses are being remodelled as one dwelling with an additional floor under a mansard roof.

The building has been stripped back to bare masonry walls and timber floors.
As well as the remodelling, the building requires extensive brickwork repairs where the outer facing is debonding from the masonry core and on the front façade where there is extensive cracking.

With Party Wall issues to be resolved and neighbour plans to build a deep basement under the existing building, works on site are due to start in May with the proposed completion date set for Spring 2020.


Finished: St. James’ Church, Bermondsey


Conservation stone repairs to the defective stonework on the tower of St. James’ Church, Bermondsey have now been completed.

In 2017 Sinclair Johnston & Partners were instructed to carry out an inspection of the stonework and provide conservation based Structural Engineering advice.

St. James Bermondsey

The tower is constructed from Bath stone, a honey coloured limestone, which is porous and soft making it prone to extensive weathering particularly in the London atmosphere. Over time this led to erosion of the stone surface and loss of definition of architectural and decorative detailing of which the owners wished to conserve as best as possible.