Excellence in Engineering

catch-up 2013 Edition 11

As 2013 draws to a close, we are taking the time to look back at a successful year at Crofton. Staff numbers have risen by 25%, and there have been a number of internal promotions. Engineers have been working on a diverse range of projects over the past few months; we are delighted to win further work with St. George Central London and a number of regeneration initiatives along the South Coast, notably at Lancing Beach in Worthing and White Rock Baths in Hastings. While we look forward to an action-packed 2014, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and look forward to working with you again in the New Year.

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Christmas opening hours

All offices will be close at 1pm on Christmas Eve, and will re-open on Thursday 2 January 2014.

Curling in Kent

Thursday 12 February 2014
Tunbridge Wells

The consummate Winter Olympic sport, Crofton will be taking to the ice for a few games of Curling in England’s only dedicated rink.

There are limited places available for this event. If you wish to join the waiting list for an invitation, contact katieneal@crofton-design.com



11-14 March 2014
Cannes, France

Crofton will once again be at the world’s largest property exhibition in March 2014, and will be organising our famous Breakfast on the Beach. To request an invitation, contact Katie Neal on katieneal@crofton-design.com

To find out more about Crofton’s planned activities in Cannes, or to arrange a meeting with Steven Hale or Barry Henson, please contact Mark Legg on marklegg@crofton-design.com

St. George’s Day

Wednesday 23 April 2014
Central London

Our annual flagship celebration for clients, colleagues and friends is fast approaching and will be taking place in Central London.

To request an invitation, contact marketing@crofton-design.com


The Newhaven office has been commissioned by Hastings Borough Council for a feasibility study on the adaptation of White Rock Baths, Hastings to an indoor skate park. The building was erected in the 1930’s as bathing facilities, and was last used around 15 years ago as an ice skating rink.

Situated under the Hastings promenade - adjacent the pier – bringing the baths back into use will assist in linking the pier to the town and provide further regeneration opportunities for this stretch of the seafront. Brighton-based Neil Choudhury Architects have been appointed as the architect for the project and Source BMX will be providing the skate park facilities.

Work has begun on site at a new care home in Ashford, which will provide accommodation for 68 elderly residents. Crofton has been commissioned by Housing 21 to provide mechanical and electrical engineering design for the project, with features including a door entry linked to residents’ televisions so they know when someone is calling. It is expected to compete in March 2015.

We’ve been in the press recently; Marcos DeCastro participated in a CIBSE-hosted round table on the Green Deal while Steven Hale discussed his views on the importance of apprentices in Construction News. You can read both articles here.

Crofton is delighted to be appointed for building services design for the Brooklands Museum in Surrey; the site of the world's first banks motor racing circuit in the world. The scope of works includes the deconstruction of the WWII Bellman aircraft hangar, which is currently situated on the finishing straight of the historic racing circuit, then re-constructing it adjacent to the track. Improvements will be made to the structure to better preserve the aircraft displayed in it. In addition, a new Flight Shed will be built for the display of aircraft and storage of other aviation memorabilia. The project is Heritage Lottery Funded, and the architect is Thomas Ford Architects.

Congratulations to developers Terrace Hill and Doughty Hanson for winning Best Office Development at the UK Property Awards for Howick Place, located in Victoria. Crofton provided M&E engineering design services for the project.

  Image (C) Terrace Hill Doughty Hanson

Events round-up

As part of Crofton’s involvement with the Technician Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC), senior electrical engineer Emile Williams and technician apprentice Marcus Palmer participated in a Diversity Discussion day on Friday 7 November at the Royal Academy of Engineering in Central London. The event was chaired by Tim Campbell, the Mayor of London’s Ambassador for Training and Enterprise and winner of the first TV series of The Apprentice.

The inaugural Golf Taster Day took place at Hever Castle Golf Club on Friday 25 October. It was universally agreed that everyone required a few more lessons..! Pictures can be found on our Facebook page

Katie Neal has been named ‘Young Marketer of the Year’ at the Construction Marketing Awards 2013. The judges commented; ‘…She has applied what she has learned academically to the business…(it) just keeps growing and growing.’ The award completes a hat-trick of wins for Crofton in 2013. For more information on other awards we have won, check out the website.



St. Anthony’s Primary School in Dulwich has reached completion.

Crofton provided building services engineering design for the low carbon refurbishment and extension of this London school, increasing its capacity from 324 to 440 pupils.

Four additional, larger classrooms were constructed as part of a new single storey block, along with an improved entrance to guide visitors into the site, a new hall extension into the playground.

In addition, the existing building thermal and acoustic performance was upgraded by re-cladding the external envelope, replacing the doors and windows along with the installation of new building services systems. Additional engineering design features include the Use of Phase Change to increase the thermal mass of the timber frame building and the use of Passive House insulation levels.

Architype provided architectural design for the project, which was commissioned by the Diocese of Southwark and funded by London Borough of Southwark.


(C) Dennis Gilbert Photography

We are pleased to welcome a number of new staff. In the Kent office, Ian Morley joins as senior mechanical engineer.

While in London, Lee McKevitt (mechanical engineer), Daryl McElvanna (mechanical engineer) and Jeff Walker (public health engineer) are all new additions.

Congratulations to Brian Simpson, Emile Williams, Richard Manuel, Ashley Rudd and Mark Harris as they are promoted to the role of Associate.

The Kent ‘Mo Bro’s’ once again grew their facial fuzz in the name of charity this year, in support of Movember and raising the awareness of men’s health. A healthy £350 has been raised and it’s not too late to donate to this good cause; visit http://uk.movember.com/team/1278617


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