The Gherkin, the Shard, the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater…and now the Scalpel.
At Number 52 Lime Street, it is the latest iconic skyscraper being built in the City of London as the capital’s skyline becomes ever more impressive, writes McAndrew Martin’s Director of Structural Engineering Noor Awan.
When it comes to landmark buildings such as the Gherkin or the Scalpel, structural engineering is particularly important.
McAndrew Martin has been rated as one of the leading property consultancies in the UK.
We've risen up the rankings in the industry’s Top 150 Consultants for 2017, published by Building magazine.
We've broken into the top 100 places for the first time at 97 - up from 108 in 2015, 136 in 2014 and 166 in 2013.
It follows major growth with expansion in headcount, offices and annual fees after the company restructured into six directorates in 2016.
Managing Director Bill McAndrew said: “This success is a testament to the hard work of all of our staff.
Plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have taken another twist after new proposals were unveiled to save £2.5bn from its cost.
The expansion bill is now expected to drop to £14bn, with money saved through reducing space and breaking building work into stages.
When construction starts, the runaway will be one of the country’s major infrastructure works alongside such high-profile projects as Crossrail and HS2.
Our Director of Project Management and Contract Administration Lee Sargeant has been watching with a keen professional interest.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year from us all at McAndrew Martin!
Our warmest wishes and thanks go to all of our valued customers, clients, suppliers and business associates for their support during 2017.
We've recorded continued growth over the past 12 months, with demand increasing for multi-disciplinary services.
Highlights have also included our third charity golf day – one of the best attended corporate events of its kind on the South coast – which raised £6,000 as well as our summer garden party.
Congratulations to all who took part in the Rowans Ride in Portsmouth recently.
Oranisers from Rowans Hospice have just told us that they expect to have raised a staggering £35,000 from this event.
More than 300 cyclists took part and we were delighted to play our part by helping out at one of the water stations.
We've raised nearly £7,000 for the charity so far this year from such events as our golf day and summer garden party in support of the hospice at Purbrook.
It was a privilge to be helping the charity once again, to give back to the community.
The number of sales agreed in the residential property market has risen some 4.8% this September compared with 12 months ago, according to Rightmove.
The residential property sector traditionally experiences an Autumn bounce in the last burst of activity of the year, writes our Director of General Practice Ian Lee.
Although some sectors of the market are rebalancing – including more competitive asking prices in London – demand still remains strong.
NEW figures from the Halifax have laid bare the soaring demand for controversial basement conversions.
It found that the number of planning applications for these fashionable schemes increased from 1,084 in 2012 to 3,064 in 2016 – a 183% rise.
Although the trend for subterranean living is predominately London-based, the demand for extra room extends nationwide, writes our Director of Structural Engineering Noor Awan in our latest our Expert View blog.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947.
The law effectively represented the start of the Listed building system we have today. To date, the list features 400,000 entries – including palaces, piers, windmills and bridges.
To celebrate the anniversary five more additions have been announced. They are a London cabbie’s shelter, a First World War wireless station, a ‘hobbit house’ in Yorkshire, a home in the Cornish woods and a Jewish Cemetery.
An article by our director Ian Lee about leasehold property has appeared in a prominent position on page three of the Homes supplement in today's Portsmouth News.
Ian explains how householders have become more aware of issues surrounding this type of property ownership and taking steps to safeguard its value with extended lease terms.
Leaseholder property comes under the spotlight amid Government concerns about some housebuilders selling new homes leasehold rather than freehold - with concerns over ground rent increases and leasehold terms.
Rising numbers of householders have approached us for leasehold property surveys in the first half of this year.
Most are seeking to extend the length of their leasehold terms, whilst others may be seeking valuations to purchase the freehold of their property.
The upswing comes as demand grows for services in our General Practice department and wider business.