Chris Martin completed his mammoth cycle ride from Greenwich, London to MIPIM, Cannes on 12th March 2019 in a team of 140 cyclists. He covered 1030km in total over 6 days and has raised £3160 for Coram, a charity supporting disadvantaged children.
There were a couple of tough days but the ride culminated in a fantastic final day. Starting off in the dark and cycling through the sunrise with a climb of 1600m followed by the descent into Cannes. Spot Chris below - he is Simpson branded!
Henley Office refurbished
In the space of just 48 hours our Henley office is transformed. A fresh new look with accents of Simpson's green and blue and lots more space. Well done to the team involved!
One of our engineers, James Protherough, will be rowing 3000 miles completely unsupported across the Atlantic in December 2019 as part of the Talisker Whisky Challenge to raise money for charities combating plastic pollution in our oceans. Please visit the website to find out more.
The Principal Hotel, Russell Square
Following major refurbishment, The Principal Hotel in Russell Square has reopened. Formerly the Hotel Russell, the hotel was constructed in 1898 and designed by Charles Fitzroy Doll, the man famed for designing the dining room of the RMS Titanic (a design based on the Hotel Russell banquet hall). The building consists of a café, bar, restaurant and banquet hall, with the jewel at the centre of the Hotel being the Palm Court dining area with an external courtyard terrace at one end and an enclosed Winter Garden at the other, where original steel trusses were strengthened to support the spectacular ceiling and pendant lights.
Simpson Associates were structural and civil engineers for the project involving significant ground floor and basement alterations, including removal of a masonry wall up to 600mm thick; installation of a feature staircase offering elegant access to the lower ground floor conference suites; renovation of two existing lift shafts and provision of two additional lifts within the internal lightwell. The refurbishment involved the use of a variety of materials, including steel, timber, concrete and masonry.
The Principal Hotel has now been sold and is under new management, with a new name – the Kimpton Fitzroy.
Cheltenham Races November 2018
The sun shone on a team outing to the races and a great day was had by all. Suffice to say some left with heavier wallets than others! This photo taken on the winners' podium designed by our own Ian Rollinson.
Classical CD Release - Märchenbilder
Simpson Associates are enormously proud to have sponsored Tom Ellis and Elliott Perks’ first duo CD - Märchenbilder. The guitar and viola disk features a selection of works by great song composers including Schumann, Schubert and Wolf in new transcriptions, some of which have never been attempted before with guitar. The music was recorded at the Menuhin Hall earlier this year.
The duo took the repertoire on tour across the UK in June with Images Ballet Company, who choreographed the Schumann, and are now set to perform at numerous classical music festivals across Europe in 2019 including performances in Hambleden, London, Norway and Germany.
The music is available to stream on Spotify and Tidal or physical copies from following sites.
THE BIGGEST FOOTBALL MATCH OF 2018?
The eagerly awaited, biggest football match of this year has finally happened.
Simpson East (Henley & London offices) vs Henley West (Gloucester & Exeter offices). The match kicked off at 7pm in the Swindome, and the stands were packed with the travelling supporters. After around 15 minutes, Jack Hadley put the ball in the back of the net to put Simpson East in the lead. However a spinning ball managed to find it`s way into the Simpson East goal around 5 minutes later meaning the first half ended 1-1.
As the very close contest between the teams continued, Simpson East managed to go ahead again after another goal by Jack Hadley.
The score ended 2-1 to Simpson East, but it was a close match and could have gone either way. Simpson West now need to find a solution to end their losing streak in this important clash.
The trophy came home, back to the Henley office!
The combined Simpsons teams
The Simpson West Team
And the victorious Simpson East Team
HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA 2018
Staff from all offices came together once again to enjoy a wonderfully traditional English day out at the Henley Royal Regatta finals day on Sunday.
JLL PROPERTY TRIATHLON - DORNEY LAKE
Two teams from Simpsons took part in the annual JLL Property Triathlon on Friday 29th June at Dorney Lake. After a hard-fought competition in 30-degree heat, Simpsons A took the win over Simpsons 1 by just over 4 minutes.
Mark Cradduck pulled out an early 3-minute lead over Ewan Wise in the lake, before tagging in Mike Beckly who extended the lead by another 3 minutes to Mark Regan on two wheels. In the final running leg, Sam Margrave-Jones pulled back a couple minutes on Chris Martin to finish with two respectable times (95th and 158th of 473 teams).
Training is already underway to improve upon this result next year!
From left to right are: Chris Martin, Mark Regan, Sam Margrave-Jones, Mark Cradduck, Ewan Wise and Mike Beckly
SIMPSONS AND NKWAZI SCHOOL, MALAWI
One of our Henley members of staff, Alexia, who works for the admin team, recently went on extended leave, back to Malawi in Africa, where she used to live. Simpson's agreed to help support the local school in the village where she was staying, by supplying some much needed stationery. In conjunction with our office supply company, Abbotts Stationers, Alexia was able to take out 30kg of books and pens to donate to Nkwazi Primary School.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CHARTERSHIP
Congratulations to Ian Rollinson from our Gloucester Office for becoming a Chartered Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
Ian attended the formal presentation at IStructE HQ in London at the beginning of December and was presented with his certificate by Ian Firth, President of the IStructE.
THE BUTTERCROSS WORKS WINS 'BEST HIGH VOLUME NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT' AT THE LABC AWARDS
The Buttercross, Witney, a development that Simpson engineered for Bower Mapson Homes Ltd, has won 'Best High Volume New Housing Development' at the LABC Central Building Excellence Awards, 2017.
The LABC (Local Authority Building Control) awards celebrate achievements in the construction industry. They reward excellent building, outstanding companies as well as partnerships and individuals that go that extra mile. The completed development comprises an extra care apartment block and 106 two, three and four bedroom houses and apartments. The development was built using a range of materials sensitive to the Cotswolds style.
Well done David and the team on this great achievement.
NEW HOTEL AT LEGOLAND, WINDSOR
Simpson Associates are pleased to support Merlin Entertainments through provision of civil and structural design services for their new castle themed family focussed hotel at Legoland Windsor.
This hybrid structural frame utilises composite steelwork, to form a transfer deck at first floor, to support a light gauge metal framed superstructure above. Castle themed cladding is formed from fibre reinforced insulated pre-cast concrete ‘sandwich’ panels, supported from the structural frame at each floor level.
CENTRAL LONDON RESIDENTIAL REFURBISHMENT & EXTENSION
Simpson Associates are working on a high end residential refurbishment and extension scheme, in West London.
The scheme includes the formation of a new basement under the existing building and a new roof terrace. The temporary support piles have been installed and levels reduced down to the new basement level with the new lower ground floor slab having been constructed.
Works are underway to form the basement slab and bring permanent support back up to the underside of the building.
While these works are being carried out, the new roof terrace has been constructed and super structure alterations carried out.