Warehouse Conversion
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Simplify were instructed by our client to provide structural engineering services for a warehouse conversion in the Jewellery District, Birmingham. The Simplify team were engaged to provide everything; from an initial site inspection and steel frame designs, through to a concrete slab solution, block and brickwork reinforcement and tying walls.

Our creative solution was keeping the traditional design of this Victorian gold factory, which was soon to become a commercial retail space and residential accommodation. Our ability to retain the character of this historical commercial building is a perfect example of the innovative structural designs which our team is known for.

This warehouse conversion style is popular in the centre of London and the Northwest, although in recent years our team has seen this industrial loft style of conversions soar in popularity in other parts of the country. As one of the most significant buildings in the Jewellery Quarter, our team were proud to bring back to use these deteriorating buildings, with a unique design statement.

Our solution retained as many of the original timber trusses and the Victorian brickwork as possible, with our steel frame design used to improve the lateral stability of the building to maintain its structural integrity for many years to come. In addition, we added ply boarding to the roof and a series of helical bars and bracing rods to enhance stability, whilst minimising visual changes of this historic structure.

Our input, including structural calculations and drawings, and the temporary works design, enabled the general contractor to accurately alter and enhance the strength of the building structure.

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