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“"We work hard at our relationships with contractors — high quality projects depend on them."”
Simon Groves joined the practice in 1988, becoming an Associate in 1992 and a Director in 2000.
Simon is responsible for overseeing the work of Ramboll UK in the London region. His focus is on commercial, residential and arts projects, and airport buildings. He led our successful bid for a BAA 2nd Generation framework agreement for structural engineering and now heads the dedicated design team.
His design successes integrate technical innovation and a clear understanding of the financial implications of alternative solutions.
Through design reviews and the development of project-specific client and contractor feedback processes,
he ensures that buildability issues are addressed both at the strategic level of foundation and frame design and in relation to details. This generates added value on projects where successive buildings are developed.
Simon contributes to the continued development of Group Quality Management systems.
Designed to provide 30,000 sq m of floor space, at the time of construction this six-storey steel-composite structure was the largest speculative office development to be undertaken in London's West End in a decade.
Six of our departments worked with the architect Squire and Partners to develop the design, necessitating rigorous project co-ordination. The results speak for themselves: the building was delivered 15% below budget and two months in advance of the original programme.
Site challenges included the close proximity of London Underground tunnels and re-use of existing pile foundations, both of which required detailed analysis and strategy.
We used 15m spans to provide the necessary column-free space for a fully flexible, open plan interior. The stee ...
Gatwick Airport airside/landside boundary relocation
As part of a broader masterplan to expand the UK's second-busiest airport to a capacity of 40 million passengers, Gatwick carried out a series of refurbishments to its South Terminal. We provided engineering expertise on several projects, including the relocation of the airside/landside boundary to accommodate more airside retail space.
On an island site next to London's Tate Modern, two 1960s office blocks were demolished to make way for a landmark development. The three buildings of Bankside 123 provide 70,000 sq m of high specification office space, with retail and leisure facilities at ground floor level. Bankside 1, the first to be completed, is the largest, providing approximately half the development's total indoor area.
Our involvement from the earliest stages of feasibility planning helped de-risk the project and maximize commercial viability. We used 3D modelling to map out a forest of existing mini-piles that congest the site. This informed a successful foundation design which incorporates 52m deep piles and a waterproof basement wall that doubles as support for the superstructure. Plunge columns wer ...
BP North Sea Operations headquarters
Sometimes it pays to look twice at received ideas about what works and what doesn’t. By questioning some basic assumptions, we were able to provide cost-saving innovations on this HQ development in Aberdeen.
Three buildings are connected by an internal fully-glazed triple-height ‘street’. Comprising a total of seven wings, the buildings project out on either side of the street, so the overall structure is roughly star shaped on plan. Each three-storey building is steel framed and is clad in glazing and rendered panels. Two atria book-end the development, and a long span stair provides a visual focal point.
Precast concrete hollow-core floor panels are used throughout. Following detailed analysis of the interaction between the steel frame and concrete elements, we wer ...
Mossbourne Community Academy
A site scattered with decommissioned school buildings and forked between two urban railway lines might have seemed an unprepossessing birthplace for this landmark development by the London Community Academies Initiative.
In fact, its location was entirely to the point. The academy was part of the Department of Education & Science's initial drive to seed educational excellence in targeted areas. Sensitivity to the community was integral at all levels: sustainable development was key to our brief.
With Richard Rogers, we designed a three storey Glulam timber frame structure with concrete floor slabs to achieve thermal mass. This main building is V-shaped in plan, with naturally-ventilated classrooms along the arms and an air-conditioned assembly hall at the central poin ...