York Society of Engineers Lecture
York Guildhall forms a large part of York’s history dating from the 15th century, with a prominent position on the River Ouse. The talk will cover the history, design, delivery and future of this amazing building from a client, design team, contractor and future occupier perspective.
Richard Stephenson, Property Services Commissioning Manager from City of York Council will be giving an introduction and discussing the delivery of this project from a client perspective.
Faye Davies, Managing Director from Burrell Foley Fischer will be discussing the designs for the refurbishment and remodelling of the historic Grade I, II* & II listed buildings at York Guildhall, which started on site in late 2019. The vision for the project is to provide a world-class venue, supporting and nurturing the expansion of York’s vibrant businesses; combining events and exhibition space with state of the art collaboration and co-working facilities in the heart of a historic and creative city, securing a sustainable future for one of the city’s most iconic buildings.
Arup are the Civil and Structural Engineers for the project. Rick Lee, Principal Structural Engineer, will be discussing solving the unique structural challenges that this historic building has presented. From solving cracks that you can get your hand in, to sensitive interventions with historic fabric and interfacing with new build elements.
Bart Stevens is director of SGA Consulting who are the environmental consultants and are designing the mechanical and electrical services for the project. He will be discussing the ways that the carbon footprint of the scheme was reduced as much as possible. The main element being that the River Ouse is used as a source of heating and cooling for the building. There were also many challenges incorporating modern services into the listed buildings.
Rob Henderson, Project Manager for Vinci will discuss the delivery aspect of this challenging project. The Guildhall and its associated buildings are trapped between the River Ouse and the buildings fronting Lendal. With limited access from the street, Vinci have had to utilise the river for deliveries including erecting a tower crane from a stabilised platform in the river that was floated up from further downriver. Vinci have also had to carefully select plant and constructions methods to make use of the restricted width alleys that give access to the site. The progress on site to date includes underpinning the Tower, demolishing various structures, installing SFA piles, completing the reinforced concrete works, commencing the steel frame erection, replacing various roofs and commencing the listed building repair and refurbishment works.
Professor Kiran Trehan, PVC for Partnerships and Engagement at the University of York will be discussing the future of the building. The University of York is planning to take a 15 year lease of one of York’s most prestigious historic buildings, creating a City centre hub for business, enterprise and events. The new space will enable the University to bring the support it offers to local business and enterprise into the heart of York, driving inclusive and sustainable growth in the City as it recovers from the pandemic.
The lecture will be given remotely using Zoom.
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