Paul Carpenter Associates are based in Kingsbridge.
“We will be providing structural engineering advice on the proposed new build elements and the historic Brunel buildings working closely with LED Architects and the whole design team to consider sympathetic repair solutions where needed, together with confirmation of new build proposals and how these integrate with the current buildings.
We have carried out a structural report on the Brunel Buildings and also the link bridge between the North and South site and will be looking to work in conjunction with the design team on feasibility of drainage and flood risk assessments and how this will impact on possible new connections across the leat.
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Paul Carpenter Associates is a Chartered Civil, Structural Engineering and Surveying practice established in 1979. The company has built up an outstanding reputation and aims to provide clients with a considered and professional service. We have earned a reputation for delivering a first class service on commissions covering varying project values up to £20 million.
Paul Carpenter Associates is a limited company with Paul Carpenter and the Associates actively involved with managing projects and committed to developing the company. This provides a very personal and caring approach ensuring that maximum experience and commitment is available no matter how small or large the project.
A large part of the company’s success lies with our ability to meet the changing demands of clients and authorities while maintaining a quality service right from feasibility through to contract completion.
- Name of Atmos Totnes lead within this company: Andrew Horton BEng(Hons), CEng, MICE, RMaPS
- Job title: Associate
- What do you think makes Atmos Totnes so interesting?
Atmos Totnes is interesting from a structural engineering point of view on many levels, first and foremost are the Grade I listed Brunel Buildings. As Engineers, Brunel is an icon and although ultimately the atmospheric railway was flawed, his concept and willingness to push the boundaries has left a lasting legacy in the engine houses we see today.
How we use the buildings sensitively and appropriately is paramount to retain the historic ‘feel’ of these important landmarks. Likewise the new buildings will have their own challenges with varying foundation criteria and working in close proximity to the live railway. Most satisfying however, is the feedback from the community and having a thoroughly engaged client where design and functionality are as crucial to the project as cost, and how we as a team, deliver the project in this unique procurement set up.
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Andrew Horton first started in the construction industry over twenty years ago. Sponsored by a large contractor Andrew gained valuable experience at the ‘coal face’, including eighteen months as a Site Engineer on multi-million pound projects in London and Wales. He has over fifteen years’ design office experience on various refurbishment and conversion work projects, as well as new build domestic and commercial properties, utilising the latest sophisticated analysis software and traditional design methods to deliver sympathetic and pragmatic solutions. Andrew is also a member of the Association for Project Safety and oversees the company’s CDM-C duties.
- If there were an object to represent your role in the Atmos Totnes project what would it be?
The Brunel Buildings – These buildings have stood the test of time, are robust yet elegant, have considered structure in their roof trusses and some fine detailing. Most importantly they have adapted to suit the varying needs over the years and will again accommodate the requirements of todays modern proposals. Like us they represent, quality, robustness and adaptability.