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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.
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.
Part of this work was the addition of a rooftop extension to an existing three-storey steel frame structure in the South Terminal international departure lounge. The existing structure had been designed with the capacity to add an extra floor built-in. It was thus ready for framing using further steel columns, forming a 9m x 36m sway frame. Sheet steel was chosen for the cladding to match the existing façades. The extension has been fitted with ...
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 were sunk directly into the piles to facilitate top-down construction. This shaved two months off the construction programme, delivering potential extra rental income of £2 million.
We ensured that the scheme design could accommodate a steel frame or flat slab construction, increasing the scope of competition at tender stage. The concrete frame chosen was the best value solution.