Excellence in Engineering

catch-up 2012 Edition 6

Spring has sprung at Crofton Design, and there is an air of excitement as we begin new projects at Imperial College London and for new clients Hadley Property Group. Our St George’s Day drinks reception caused a splash, while the new ‘Engineering Elements’ workshop was launched at our Hadlow office. Make sure you visit the news page on our website to read our latest press clippings. Also to squeeze in a big congratulations to our client, The National Trust for winning a RICS London Award for 'Design & Innovation' at Morden Hall Park! 

in the pipeline

what we've been up to...

Crofton hosts a range of events throughout the year to bring together colleagues from across the construction industry.

Back to Basics Seminar

Thursday 19 July 2012
Stanmer House, Brighton

The Back to Basics: Electrical Engineering seminar is being repeated in Brighton for clients and friends along the south coast.

Our resident electrical expert, Chris Darby will be discussing the basics of electrical engineering and the impact this has when planning a construction project 

To reserve your place, contact Chloe Knight marketing@crofton-design.com or to request further information. 

Engineering Elements - Structural Workshop 2

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Hadlow, Kent

Following April’s inaugural structural engineering workshop, Mark Taylor will be presenting the next seminar on Foundations.

Places are strictly limited, so if you would be interested in attending please contact Katie Neal marketing@crofton-design.com.

London Networking Event

London (venue TBD)

We will be hosting an exciting summer networking event in London...further details to be announced soon. 

To ensure you are on the mailing list, please email marketing@crofton-design.com.


We are thrilled to win the Construction News Specialist Award for Building Services Consultant of the Year 2012. Director Barry Henson collected the award on behalf of the team, and the judges commented on the company’s investment in staff development. Read the coverage in Construction News here.

It was also a nail-biting night at the H&V News Awards, where we were finalists in the HVAC Project of the Year category for Great Dixter House. While we didn’t win on this occasion, the project team enjoyed the glittering event, raising the profile of the renovation works undertaken at this historic site.

The new hydropower turbine has entered the construction phase at Morden Hall Park in Surrey. These works are part of a larger restoration project, which included the renovation of the existing historic stable block into a new educational facility. 

Crofton’s structural engineering team have remained heavily involved with this design and build portion of the project, being appointed by Mackley Construction to develop the design for construction.  

Morden Hall Park has also scooped the RICS London Awards 2012 in the Design & Innovation category. Well done to everyone involved!

Morden Hall Park project team collecting the trophy

Back in East Sussex, work has finished at Eastbourne District General Hospital, where we have provided building services design for the construction of a new Catheter laboratory.

We are delighted to be working with new client Hadley Property Group on The Observer Building in Hastings, to provide an energy feasibility study for this refurbishment & extension of a mixed use office & residential development.                      

Office Relocation

Crofton’s London office has re-located to; 3rd Floor, 38 Southwark Street, London SE1 1UN. Phone numbers will remain the same; please do update your records.


Cheriton Sports Ground Update

Construction works on site at Cheriton Sports Ground in Folkestone continue as the roof covering commences construction on the Pavilion. The external timber cladding is also being applied around the sports hall. First fix M&E is underway in both areas too.

The works are part of a £6 million development of the sports ground as a major new centre, providing first class facilities for cricket and hockey. The scheme is part funded by the Roger de Haan Charitable Trust, and Guy Hollaway Architects is undertaking architectural services.



Events round-up

On Wednesday 30 May 2012, Chris Darby, our resident electrical expert went Back to Basics in Electrical Engineering as we hosted our latest seminar at Ashford Gateway plus. This is a particularly special venue for Crofton, as we provided the building services engineering for this civic building. Follow the link to view images from the event.

Despite torrential rain, over 110 people joined the Crofton team at the Guard’s Museum in Central London on Thursday 19 April 2012 as part of our annual St George’s Day drinks reception. Guests were able to wander round the museum’s fascinating displays, and even try on the uniforms. Visit the Crofton website for more pictures from the night.

Brighton engineers Shaun Barkshire and Nathan Williams were joined by a number of clients and friends, as we were amongst the first to take a tour of the newly-opened Newhaven Incinerator Plant on Thursday 10 May 2012. Click here to view pictures on Facebook.

Crofton, in conjunction with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, held a very successful ‘Breakfast on the Beach’ during the annual property exposition in Cannes, France as over 70 guests joined us for a full English. Pictures can be found on our website

Emile Williams took part in the annual Engineering Development Trust Celebration and Assessment Day as part of Crofton’s involvement with the Engineering Education Scheme (EES). Aimed at 16-17 year olds, the project encourages youngsters’ interests in science and maths to increase the take up in students undertaking engineering degrees at university.

staff news

client focus

As part of Steven Hale’s involvement in the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Skills and Employment Forum, he is working in collaboration with a number of other consulting engineering companies to develop an apprenticeship programme to encourage young people into the industry.

We are pleased to welcome back Tal Ramsay, who joins the London office for three months on a work placement from Glasgow University where he is studying for BEng Building Services Engineering. 

Meanwhile Mark Taylor participated in the Big Build competition at Angley School, Cranbrook; a hands-on event where Year 7-9 gifted and talented students competed to design the best Olympic-themed structure from rolled newspaper tubes know a Stix, which the students made as part of the challenge.


Commonwealth War Graves, France

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission [CWGC] honours the 1,700,000 men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth who died in the two world wars and ensures that their memory is never forgotten. The organisation cares for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations worldwide. 

In addition to commemorating the Commonwealth forces, they maintain 40,000 war graves of other nationalities and more than 25,000 non-war military and civilian graves.

Since its foundation by Royal Charter in May 1917 the Commission has constructed 2,500 war cemeteries and plots, erecting headstones over graves and where the remains are missing, inscribing the names of the dead on permanent memorials. 

Crofton first became involved with the Commission on a professional level in 2010 but Director, Mark Taylor has held a long standing interest in their work, joining numerous specialist battlefield trips organised jointly by the Institution of Royal Engineers and Institution of Civil Engineers, of which he is a corporate member.

Recent assistance we have provided to the CWGC has included assistance with works to streamline production at their headstone engraving facility in Arras, France and structural inspection and advice in relation to historic memorial structures at two sites on the Somme.




Q: How can a timber floor be strengthened without increasing its depth?

A: We are often presented with sagging timber floor structures, particularly in old buildings, which are either overloaded or the joists undersized. Headroom in such buildings is at a premium; this, coupled with the presence of existing services running through the floor structure, means that there is no option to introduce new joists. 

Our preferred solution to this common problem is to replace the floor boards, and occasionally the ceiling board, with plywood - to form a stressed skin construction. The addition of properly bonded ply sheeting can generate up to a 600% increase in the stiffness of the floor structure, with little or no increase in depth and no disturbance to services. Such techniques can be combined with temporary back propping to eliminate existing distortions before the skin is bonded enabling pre-existing distortions to be eradicated. They are also useful in situations where a proposed change in the use of a building requires the floor to be ungraded.

Mark Taylor, Director and Structural Engineer is based in the Kent office. To contact him call 01732 850 440 or 07966 496560. 


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