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‘ Webb Yates are a joy to work with. They are skilled, committed and inventive. Their attitude to creative design collaboration mirrors our own. They are always willing to put in the time and effort to push the solution beyond the normal and the obvious and achieve something really special.’ Alan Stanton, Stanton Williams -2-

PHILOSOPHY The pursuit of sustainable and efficient structures creates economically rational projects with inherent beauty Webb Yates Engineers was established in London in 2005 with the aim of creating a practice that combines imagination with technical rigour to create artful and inventive structural designs. We have since expanded to other cities and are excited to have recently opened our new office in the superb city of Bristol. Central to our philosophy is an enjoyment of the collaborative creative process. Our team relishes working closely with architects, designers, builders and other engineers. We seek to develop flourishing working relationships and where appropriate, challenge boundaries and find fresh approaches. A love of material possibilities informs the best of what we do. As well as mainstream construction materials, such as timber, steel and concrete, we work with a wide selection of other materials which has expanded our knowledge and exercised our ability to

approach unusual problems and solve them in a practical and considered way. Webb Yates Engineers are keen to add to the green culture already established in the South West; we take sustainability seriously and believe that the built environment has a key part to play in this. Webb Yates Engineers has a long established track record working on low carbon building designs and making use of natural building materials where possible. Our work with stone is one of many vindications of our approach. After working on our first stone project 6 years ago we have become one of the UK’s top stone engineering consultancies. We are attracted to stone because it has a very low ratio of carbon footprint compared to its strength. Our collaboration with The Stonemasonry Company has led to the development of innovative techniques and engendered opportunities to experiment and push boundaries.


We believe that a deep understanding of the process of making things is essential to good design. Working through the act of building is the heart of how we find efficient structures. We like to work with specialist fabricators and manufacturers so that we understand how things are put together. Whether you are an architect, contractor or developer, Webb Yates Engineers always begin projects with pen and paper, rapidly outlining key options for discussion and evaluation.

THE TEAM Webb Yates Engineers are a 60-strong practice with offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Dubai. We are an enthusiastic, close-knit team dedicated to the art of engineering. Engineering is an intellectually challenging but tremendously rewarding field of endeavour and vital for a country that wants a more balanced economy. We therefore seek to

give engineering a more prominent and visible role in the development of beautiful and rational architectural engineering design. We give lectures and tutorials at Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture, the University of Kent School of Architecture, The Architectural Association, and The Bartlett amongst

others. We also take part in cultural and industry events and exhibitions curated by institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Architecture Foundation. We take part in Club Peloton sponsored cycles such as pedElle and Cycle to MIPIM as well as organising regular charity events ourselves. Over the

Top Webb Yates Engineers staff Left Webb Yates Engineers ‘Bridging the Country’ charity event Right Wimbledon College of Art -4-

last year, we have raised thousands for sustainable technology charity Practical Action with our annual Beer Festival and ‘Bridging the Country’ where we ran, cycled and kayaked from Tower Bridge in London to the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.


The vision of clients and the imagination of architects push us into new areas that bring out the best in our practice. Issues such as new housing, reuse of existing buildings, efficient use of resources and wellbeing in the workplace require more than a standard response if we are to create environmentally and socially sustainable buildings that people love. As our horizons expand, so do the scale and complexity of the commissions we are involved with.

Typifying our approach, we are currently working with the University of Bristol to develop a method of construction which exploits the benefits of both timber and concrete frames. Timber Concrete Composites (TCC) utilise a timber frame with composite concrete floor plates (either cast in-situ or pre-cast) to maximise -5-

thermal efficiency whilst minimising embodied carbon. The result is a beautiful interior that expresses both materials, provides good acoustic separation, and allows for future adaptability.


01 / Education

02 / Airports

03 / Bridges

04 / Retail

05 / Arts

01 Cowley St Laurence 02 Gatwick Premium Drop-off 03 Cow Bridge 04 Fritz Hansen 05 Concrete Inspiration Exhibition


07 / Industrial

06 / Sports

09 / Residential

08 / Commercial

10 / Community 06 American Express Community Stadium 07 Fuente Del Jarro 08 Second Home 2 09 Barretts Grove 10 Virginia Water Pavilion




01 / Hackney Marshes Centre Providing changing rooms for Hackney Marshes sports pitches, this award-winning community hub also includes a cafe, teaching space and office accommodation. The architects were looking to respond to the surrounding green urban environment in both the elongated form and the rugged industrial external materials. Internally the structure is exposed throughout and defines the architecture. The resulting spaces have clarity, hardwearing finishes and provide an economic

structure appropriate to this type of building. The external cladding is principally weathered steel panels and gabion walls, chosen for robustness and to reflect the building’s surroundings. The gabion walls - recycled concrete from a demolition site in Wembley - are both vandal resistant and provide a framework for climbing plants. That the project won the London Planning Awards for Best Project Five Years On is a testament to the graceful ageing of the building.


Client London Borough of Hackney Architect Stanton Williams Photography Hufton + Crow Awards London Planning Awards Best Project Five Years On, winner RIBA Awards 2012 winner Civic Trust Awards 2012 winner Hackney Design Awards winner

02 / New Oak A private house with a standardised timberframe system and a feature oak roof structure combines the benefits of a prefabricated system alongside the stunning visual effect of a wellcrafted exposed structure. The floors are of trussed joist construction and the walls are constructed with OSB sheathed stud.

The factory fabricated units function as stressed skin diaphragm elements to support the large cantilevers at the eaves. The main feature of the double height central living space and gallery is a stressed skin roof supported on a lattice of new oak beams. This needed to support itself in a clear span from the walls on all

four sides. One side of the roof was propped against the other with thin timber poles. The location of these poles was determined from stress analysis of the strapped rafters. The roof was assembled on the ground on site and then lifted into position.

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Architect Waind Gohil + Potter Architects Photography Conrad Cherniavsky

03 / Cowley St Laurence This project consisted of additional education facilities for this primary school in north west London. The new building infills an existing space between buildings and provides a new entrance space to the school. Cladding to the building includes a facade made entirely from Lego bricks.

To minimise disruption to existing live service routes, the steel and timber framed structure spans across the existing space. At first floor level, a storey deep steel and timber truss spans behind the glazing as a structural stability element.

Throughout the project, the school was kept fully open requiring the careful phasing of works with minimal intrusion into the existing building fabric.

Client London Borough of Hillingdon Architect WHAT_architecture Photography Andy Spain

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04 / Fuente del Jarro This two-storey factory building designed for very heavy occupancy loads is an example of how efficient use of materials can be achieved by an elegant structural solution.

The use of flat tension plates to the underside instead of clevis connected tendons reduced the height of the truss over the travelling crane by 100mm shortening the building.

Architect Fernando Olba Arquitectura y Urbanismo Photography Steve Webb

Awards Structural Awards 2008 Industrial or Process Structures, commendation

Splitting the trusses into V shapes reduced the span of the floor slab. The top chord of the steel structure is buried in the concrete so the two elements are acting compositely. These made a 30% saving in steel and reduced the quantity of suspended concrete in the building by 50%.

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05 / L’ Argens Bridge This 30m span pedestrian suspension bridge was designed to be very lightweight and low impact. The impossibility of access for a mobile crane meant that the bridge needed to be manually erected. This constraint drove every aspect of the design. It was fabricated in 15 sections made up of a perimeter frame with crossing bars at varying angles forming

the shell. The sections and supporting cables were transported to the South of France, near Toulon and assembled using a zip wire to haul them across and fix them in place one by one.

flexibility of the supporting cables meant that during construction the bridge form evolved as each new section was installed.

The mesh infill on the balustrade stiffens the bridge and makes every element act as part of the primary structure. The light weight of the structure and

Designer Webb Yates Engineers & John Horton Fabrication John Horton Photography John Horton

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Awards Structural Awards 2014 Pedestrian Bridges, shortlisted AJ Small Projects Awards 2014 shorlisted

06 / Wimbledon College of Art A new sustainable studio building for Wimbledon College of Art was designed as a simple, flexible enclosure with excellent natural light and ventilation. The client’s ambition was to create an exemplar building achieving BREEAM Outstanding. An exposed timber and concrete frame was developed in close

collaboration with the architect and services engineer. This provided a structure with large thermal mass which in turn enabled the building to be naturally ventilated. The combined effect of an excellent envelope performance combined with other sustainability measures such as orientation, natural

Client University of Art London Architect Penoyre & Prasad Photography Tim Crocker

Awards NLA 2016 Ashden Prize, winner BREEAM Awards 2016 Education & Health, shortlisted Structural Timber Awards 2015 Best Education Project & Engineer of the Year, shortlisted Green Apple Awards 2014 winner - 15 -

ventilation and renewables gained this the second highest BREEAM score in the world as part of its design stage assessment. A truly holistic achievement.

07 / Mann Island Webb Yates Engineers undertook concept design and structural analysis for these challenging concrete framed buildings on Liverpool’s historic waterfront. The project consists of two blocks of residential units reaching up to 14 storeys high with retail space at ground floor level. The blocks are of an angular

form, designed to appear as solid masses hovering above the ground with the retail units as lightweight, transparent spaces. To enhance this effect, the residential superstructures cantilever out beyond the retail areas by up to 16m. The structural design had a significant number of constraints from the overall architectural form, column

coordination between the various levels and usages, and window locations. The structural solution developed to overcome these constraints included multi-storey shear walls and concrete vierendeel truss sections, together with more traditional concrete walls, beams, columns and slabs. For the analysis of the structures we undertook a powerful finite element

analysis of each block as a single entity including taking account of creep effects, shrinkage, axial shortening and build sequencing.

Client BAM / Bingham Davies Architect Broadway Malyan Photography Anita Smith

Awards RIBA North West Regional Awards 2013 shortlisted

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08 / Ada Street This mixed-use development situated at the south end of Broadway Market is comprised of 6 apartments above retail units. It incorporates an insulated render system, allowing a high performance thermal envelope to act as pitched roof, wall, window reveal and sill without a gutter or coping, although Conservation Area height requirements imposed a

part flat roof. Internally, exposed block-work, precast concrete soffits and power-floated floors were combined to meet acoustic performance without the need for plasterboard ceilings or raised timber floors. This saving permitted the introduction of under floor heating and 5amp lighting circuits.

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Client: Private Architect Amin Taha Architects Photography Charles Hosea

Awards RIBA London Regional Awards 2013 winner Hackney Design Awards 2012 shortlisted

09 / Bavaria Road This project involved the installation of a mezzanine floor within a large double height studio flat. The existing building was a Baptist church and our client’s flat sat on the second floor beneath a large, original timber trussed roof. Initially it was supposed that the mezzanine would sit on columns, but as there was little load bearing structure beneath and the architect was keen not to have a

Client Private Architect West Architecture Photography Peter Cook

column, we developed a hanging solution. Every element of the finished work is structural. The balustrade is the beam spanning from the wall to the drop rod. This is formed with a 36mm laminated ply balustrade. The ply floor deck is the compression flange of a stressed skin floor. The risers and goings on the folded stair are the diagonals on the truss that supports it.

Awards Don’t Move Improve! Awards 2017 shortlisted AJ Small Projects Award 2007 shortlisted Wood Awards 2006 Small Projects, winner

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10 / University Hospital Bristol This art installation by renowned international architects, Studio Weave, is intended to function as a visual and acoustic barrier for the entrance atrium of the new children’s wing at UCH Bristol. Whilst it can be seen instinctively that a trumpet shape like this is anticlastic and will stay taut in space, it was critical that a precise

form was found where all of the cables were tight enough at once to support the baffles without significant deflection. We used a pair of stockings to find the initial shape, and a computer analysis package to determine the stresses in the cables.

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Client UH Bristol Architect Studio Weave Photography Studio Weave

11 / Barretts Grove Client Ecore Construction Ltd Architect Amin Taha Architect Photography Agnese Santivo

This new residential building is slotted into a Victorian terrace in Dalston. It comprises six storeys of flats above ground and a single storey basement flat with lightwells to the front and rear. A comprehensive understanding of the materials involved was required as well as careful detailing in order to leave the loadbearing elements exposed.

The concrete basement was constructed in underpins of various shapes and sizes to fit with the structure above. The superstructure is cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels spanning up to 6.0m with various voids for the stair and services. The staggered masonry faรงade is decoupled from the rest of the building to allow it to move separately. Each of these materials serves a different purpose; acting and moving in their own way but together they form the seamless combination of structural form and architectural vision.

Awards Hackney Design Awards 2016 winner

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12 / Hill House Kent This private house is on a former garden nursery site in the heart of the Kent countryside. It was designed to reflect environmental sensitivities and be rooted in place. The striking folded timber roof form is heavily insulated and finished in black zinc. The use of vapour permeable layers from the natural coated birch plywood through the vapour permeable anti-racking boards to the external vented cladding cavity have produced a fully breathable construction. Separating the retaining structure from the building was the key and using re-cycled excavation material as a retaining wall kept the carbon footprint low and the project on

budget. Use of geo grid soil reinforcement to form the hole in the ground meant that fill was retained on site and very little concrete was used. The foundations were small pad footings, the ground floor is timber. Foul and surface water run off are dealt with in a packaged treatment plant on site.

Client Private Architect Hampson Williams Photography Timothy Soar Awards RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2012 shortlisted RIBA South East Regional Awards 2012 winner Kent Design & Development Awards 2012 winner Kent Design & Development Awards 2012 Environmental Design, shortlisted

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13 / Virginia Water Visitor Centre This visitor centre overlooks Virginia Water, a man-made lake, within Windsor Great Park. It replaced a snack van with park ranger facilities and a cafĂŠ.

The impressive 8m cantilever supports a 12m span roof within a depth of 200mm. This has been made possible by the incorporation of slots in the canopy roof that relieve wind pressure and snow loads.

The building is predominantly timber with steel framing incorporated at key points for additional strength.

Client The Crown Estate Architect Stanton Williams Photography Agnese Sanvito

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Awards Civic Trust Awards 2015 winner


2017 Don’t Move, Improve! Rug Room, third prize Bavaria Road, shortlisted 2016 Hackney Design Awards: Barretts Grove, winner Structural Timber Awards: Amesbury School Visual Arts Building , Education, shorlisted Structural Awards: Formby Helical Stair, Small Projects, winner Midden Studio, Small Projects, shortlisted NLA Ashden Prize: Wimbledon College of Art , winner RIAS/RIBA Awards: Midden Studio, shortlisted The Sunday Times British Homes Awards: Bermondsey Street, winner BREEAM Awards: Wimbledon College of Art , Education & Health, shortlisted RIBA London Awards: Bermondsey Street, shortlisted London Planning Awards: Hackney Marshes Centre, Best Project Five Years On, winner 2015 Structural Awards: Central London Stone Stair, Small Projects, shortlisted Structural Timber Awards: Wimbledon College of Art, Best Education Project & Engineer of the Year, shortlisted

IStructE Young Structural Engineering Professional Award: Alex Lynes, winner AJ Small Projects Awards: Smith at CDW 2014, shortlisted Civic Trust Awards: Virginia Water Pavilion, winner Smith at CDW 2014, commendation 2014 Green Apple Awards: Wimbledon College of Art, winner

RIBA London Regional Awards: Ada Street, winner

Civic Trust Awards: Hackney Marshes Centre, winner

RIBA North West Regional Awards: Mann Island, shortlisted

RICS Awards: Hackney Marshes Centre, commended 2011 Structural Steel Design Awards: American Express Community Stadium, winner 2010 BCO/Property Week: Rethinking the Future Competition with Child Graddon Lewis, highly commended

RICS Awards: Cow Bridge, highly commended AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards: Hackney Marshes Centre, Best Community Building, winner 2012 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize: Hill House Kent, shortlisted

Natural Stone Awards: DeVol Showroom, for Craftsmanship, highly commended

Hackney Design Awards: Hackney Marshes Centre, winner

BRMCA Award: LGW North Terminal South Void Infill, for Excellence in Customer Services, winner

Ada Street, shortlisted

Structural Awards: L’Argens Bridge, for Pedestrian Bridges, shortlisted

Structural Awards: American Express Community Stadium, shortlisted Hackney Marshes Centre, shortlisted

AJ Awards: Golden Lane, for workplace, winner

Concrete Awards: Hackney Marshes Centre, certificate of excellence

RIBA South Awards: Colts, shortlisted 2013 NLA Awards: Golden Lane, for Conservation & Retrofit, winner The Sunday Times British Homes Awards: Cliff House Kent, shortlisted

RIBA South East Regional Awards: Hill House Kent, winner Kent Design & Development Awards: Hill House Kent , Environmental Design, winner RIBA Awards: Hackney Marshes Centre, National Awards, winner

AJ Retrofit Awards: Golden Lane, shortlisted Murray Mews, shortlisted

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2009 Structural Steel Design Awards: Unilever Leatherhead, certificate of merit BCO Awards: Unilever Leatherhead, shortlisted AJ Small Projects Awards: King’s Wood Super Kingdom, shortlisted 2008 Structural Awards: for Industrial or Process Structures, Fuente del Jarro, commendation 2007 AJ Small Projects Awards: Pembridge Mews, shortlisted Bavaria Road, shortlisted 2006 Wood Awards for Small Projects: Bavaria Road, winner Design Week Awards: Unipart Dome for Temporary Temporary Exhibition Structures, winner

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