Seel Street Garage


Structural specialist Richard Lewnes has recently led our team of designers in detailing the structural steel for a new nightspot in Liverpool. With over 16 years of experience in structural design, Richard took the lead on this project. Having previously worked on notable structures such as London’s One New Change, Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2 extension, and an Amazon Distribution center in the East Midlands, this project was no match for his talents.

The project was based around a demolished garage on Seel Street, Liverpool. The four-storey building features a bar and restaurant on the lower levels with four studio apartments above. The architects who have designed the building also worked on several other popular bars and restaurants in the city, and have taken the architecture of the surrounding area into consideration. Richard’s experience gave our client confidence that we would be able to handle the complexities of this project successfully and enable the construction process to be completed as smoothly as possible. Our client was not disappointed.

The main issue the team encountered was how to create enough support for the height of this very slim structure. However, with Richard’s vast experience this was a relatively straightforward project and so the team were able to devise a quick solution. This involved using a substantial number of complexed splice connections for the columns, which were then pinned down to the concrete base using extra-long holding down bolts to add sufficient support to the structure, allowing the slim body to hold the extra height. We also worked together with our sister company, D4S, to ensure that the connection designs they provided would be suitable for this type of structure, and our two companies worked together as a team to achieve the necessary levels of structural support.

This new bar and restaurant on Seel Street has turned a rundown garage into a model piece of architecture, and offered Richard yet another opportunity to demonstrate his talents by implementing the latest technologies. Richard’s skills and desire to collaborate with the rest of the structural engineering team help to support the development of our company, and although the project was a tall order, with his guidance the team were able to successfully overcome the structural challenges they faced.