Resident engineer at Harcourt House: A baptism in concrete
Date & Time

28 November 2019
18:00 for 18:30 start

Location

Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, John Henry Brookes Building, Oxford, OX3 0BP
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Resident engineer at Harcourt House: A baptism in concrete


Lecture
Date & Time

28 November 2019
18:00 for 18:30 start

Location

Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, John Henry Brookes Building, Oxford, OX3 0BP
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Price

Free

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Come and listen to David Girling as he talks about the Harcourt House project as a whole and the challenges that were faced by this historic building.

Harcourt House is a pair of mirror-image high-end apartment blocks built in circa 1906 in the Edwardian baroque style. It is Grade II listed and is located within the Harley Street Conservation Area. The building is situated on the west side of Cavendish Square, London. Originally comprising 28 flats, over time its use changed to predominately office use with a smaller proportion of medical/dental use and some residential accommodation.

AKSWard’s role on the project was to provide structural and civil engineering services for a major refurbishment and extension project that would see much of the structure (first floor and above) return to its original purpose of residential use. The lower floors became a private medical centre. AKSWard was also the heritage façade consultant, providing cleaning and repair specifications for all external elevations.

The works involved:

  • lowering the existing ground floor slab, installing three separate basement areas covering over 50% the footprint of the building
  • Adding a pair of penthouses to the roof
  • Numerous structural alterations

David's role on the project was initially that of the Project Engineer, overseeing the intrusive investigation works and the structural and drainage design. Then in a late 2017, because of his detailed knowledge of the existing building he was given the opportunity become a part-time Resident Engineer for eight months. He was on site three days per week for the duration of major structural works.

David will speak about his time as a resident engineer - what he saw and what he learnt.

Speaker

David Girling is a Project Engineer in the Small Works team of AKSWard based in their Oxford Office. He graduated from Loughborough University in 2012 and began working for local consultancy in his home city of Norwich. In 2015 he moved to AKSWard in Oxford, spending the first few years in the Major Works team, before transferring in July 2018 to the Small Works team.

David’s personal and professional interests lie with heritage structures and he has ambitions to purse his CAREs registration once he is Chartered. He holds membership with SPAB, IHBC, BLF and CHS.

David became the Graduate Representative on the Thames Valley Regional Group in January 2017 and has been involved since then. He enjoys attending the careers fairs in the region to promote engineering to the next generation.

Additional Attendee Information

Refreshments from 18:00

Free parking.

Contact

Email - [email protected]

Name - Daljit Matharu