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Structures & Heritage

Structures & Heritage

Desmonde Associates has over 25 years’ experience in all forms of structural design.

Through the art and practice of structural design, we transfer loads applied through usage, the environment and possible accident to the safe support of the ground. Our design process treats each Project as a unique challenge for delivering a solution that provides a sustainable, elegant structural skeleton which compliments the architectural treatment and setting whilst achieving value for money.

We continuously upgrade our knowledge and skill and utilise the latest computer aided design technologies and materials together with latest construction best practice.

We aim to achieve our Clients vision through collaborative working and total engineering.

Through the concept of “global engineering” we seek to add value by combining pioneering construction techniques within the context of our design solutions.

The range of our specialist areas includes

  • Historic Buildings and major Civil Engineering Structures
  • From High Rise to Deep Basements.
  • Geotechnical engineering and Retaining Walls.
  • Bridges and Embankment Structures.
  • Regeneration of “Brown Field” Sites and former Mining Areas.
  • Site Investigations, Structural Investigations and Viability Assessments.
  • Utility Structures such as Dams and Tunnelling.
  • Foundation Engineering.
  • Maritime Structures
Cliff Top House, St Ives

Cliff Top House, St Ives

  • Historic Buildings
  • Historic Civil Engineeering Structures
  • Engineering Archaeology
  • Investigations, survey, structural assessment
  • Quadrennial Inspections and Conservation Briefs
  • Listed Building Consents and Scheduled Monument Applications

Over the last 25 years, Philip has been responsible for the successful completion of a very wide range of projects involving historic buildings and structures. These range from large stone masonry dams (Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor National Park for example); from modest Barns to grand Manor Houses, Castle and Fortifications (such as the Tower of London, Bolsover Castle and Tintagel Castle); viaducts and aqueducts; and, on National Monuments (Stonehenge for example).

Maritime structures and their immediate environs are a speciality: the 6 dry docks of the historic area of the Portsmouth Naval Base, and the Royal William Yard in Plymouth for example. Important national buildings include St. Andrews House in Edinburgh; Banffy Castle, Transylvania, Romania; the Mary Rose enclosure; the Tower of London; and the Hampshire County Council County Records Office at St. Thomas’s Church in Winchester.

We carry out surveys; provide option studies; give specialist conservation advice (particularly on stone masonry, wrought iron, historic timber, below ground structures, and slate roof coverings). We undertake sampling and laboratory assessment of materials; historic research; and we have archaeological capability in support of our investigative work (particularly trial pits and excavations for new structures).

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

St Andrews House, Edinburgh

St Andrews House, Edinburgh

Historic Dockyard Of HMNB Portsmouth

Historic Dockyard of HMNB Portsmouth

Banff Castle, Bontida, Transylvania

Banff Castle, Bontida, Transylvania