Rossi Long secures a place on the University of Cambridge Framework

Rossi Long Consulting is delighted to announce we have been appointed to provide Civil and Structural Engineering Design Services on the University of Cambridge Estates Division’s new Consultant Framework.

As one of the world’s oldest Universities, the estate consists of a variety of building types from Grade 1 listed buildings to state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities, museums to a farm, and a botanical garden.

Our team of skilled Engineers has extensive experience in providing innovative engineering to suit varying types of construction requirements from conservation projects to new build developments. We are also well-versed in refurbishment projects for existing buildings with listed building restrictions.

Discussing the appointment, our Technical Director Oliver Edwards commented; “We are delighted to have been selected onto the framework. Having worked on a number of award-winning projects across both the Further Education and Conservation sectors, we are confident in our ability to meet the needs of each individual project. We have a highly collaborative partnership with our clients and look forward to working with the Estates Division team to deliver future projects.”

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Rossi Long Consulting appointed to the University of East Anglia Framework

Rossi Long Consulting has been appointed as a supplier on the University of East Anglia (UEA) Estates Division Capital and Minor Works Consultant Framework, for Lot 5 Civil and Structural Engineering Consultancy Services. The Framework spans a three-year lifespan, with the opportunity to extend for an additional year.

Our extensive experience of working within the Education sector has confirmed our ability to successfully deliver projects for the UEA. We have undertaken previous projects across the whole sector, ranging from nursery and primary schools to higher and further education.

Located in 320 acres of rolling parkland, the UEA provides top-quality academic, social and cultural facilities to students and staff and has been ranked 26th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024. With over 17,000 students studying on-site, our engineering expertise will take into consideration the constraints of working on a live site and term times.

In October 2003, buildings at the heart of the University campus were registered with Grade II and Grade II* listed status. Our experience within the conservation sector and our appreciation of the engineering practices needed for historic buildings will ensure projects for the UEA will be delivered with full consideration.

On the appointment, Rossi Long Consulting’s Technical Director Oliver Edwards commented; “Being part of the Framework identifies us as one of the top Civil and Structural Engineering Consultants in the Eastern region. We are delighted to have been accepted onto the framework and look forward to the opportunities provided by the UEA. As an internationally renowned university, steeped in history, it will be a privilege for our Civil and Structural Engineers to work on the estate.”

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Rossi Long Consulting appointed to NHS Shared Business Services Framework

Rossi Long Consulting has been named as a supplier on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) framework agreement for Healthcare Planning, Construction Consultancy and Ancillary Services (SBS 10190) for Lot 3 Civil and Structural Engineering.

The four-year framework offers a compliant route for our clients within the NHS and public sector organisations to access our Civil and Structural Engineering services. Rossi Long has extensive experience working throughout the healthcare sector including building projects within the acute care and community hospitals, GP practices, hospices and recently as part of the community diagnostic centre programme.

On the appointment, our Technical Director Oliver Edwards commented; “we’re extremely proud to have been appointed onto this framework that recognises our teams’ skills and breadth of experience within the healthcare sector. Having worked on a wide range of healthcare projects across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, the framework will enable us to continue to build upon our previous successes. We look forward to providing innovative and sustainable design solutions for future healthcare projects within the Eastern region.”

As proud members of the NHS family, NHS SBS is the country’s leading supplier of corporate services to the NHS, and manages over 40 framework agreements covering a wide range of clinical and corporate goods and services.

NHS SBS was created in 2004 by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to deliver corporate services to the NHS. A unique joint venture with Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital services and software development, it makes life easier for NHS employees, patients and suppliers, and delivers value for money to the taxpayer.

Full details about the framework agreement can be found on the NHS SBS website.

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Rossi Long Consulting aids new orthopaedic centre build at Colchester Hospital

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust’s Colchester Hospital’s new orthopaedic centre is currently under construction, and will provide new operating theatres, wards and plant rooms. The new diagnostic centre will, once finished, create an internal floor space of 8300 sqm.

To allow for a fast build, the new hospital will be built using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), alongside traditional methods. The modular units are built off-site and craned into position to create the three-storey medical centre. Around 300 modules are being used within the build.

Working with MTX Contracts and Arcadis IBI, we have been responsible for Civil and Structural Engineering of the drainage, foundations and temporary works.

On the project our direct Rob Scholes commented; “it’s great to see this project come to life. The use of MMC is a really useful construction method for being able to be make things happen fast which is much needed when building for hospitals. Since Covid we’ve seen an increase in the use of this form of construction as the need for more hospital space is a priority. We’re proud to have been a part of this project that will help the local community with their future healthcare needs.”

Visit our project page to find out more.

Images courtesy of MTX Contracts

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Priscilla Bacon Lodge officially opened

Priscilla Bacon Lodge has provided vital end-of-life care for cancer patients and their families for over 40 years from their Colman Road site in Norwich.

We are delighted to see the recent opening of their new state-of-the-art palliative care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, which will provide much-needed care for people with terminal or life-limiting illnesses.

We provided Civil and Structural support on the project following a carefully considered option appraisal of various construction methods and materials. The final scheme adopted a hybrid design.
The daycare centre and well-being unit comprise a two-storey steel structure with precast concrete upper floor. The linked inpatient unit is a traditional loadbearing masonry single storey wing with a gangnailed trussed rafter roof.

The project has been a real community effort over the four years, with a fundraising target of £12.5M to complete the construction. The facility is located within a landscaped setting adjacent to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital campus and provides accommodation for 24 inpatient beds, daycare facilities, a wellness centre, and a physio studio.

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Award winning projects and collaboration

We were delighted to attend the Norfolk Constructing Excellence awards this year where we won two awards for our work on the National Trust owned Oxburgh Hall. It was a privilege to receive awards for Project of the Year and Excellence in Innovation.

The awards were testament to the amount of hard work and brilliance which surrounds us in this industry.  It was an absolute delight to see so many projects that we have supported with our civil and structural engineering services recognised for their own achievements.

We also worked on two further projects that won awards including:

Residential Project of the Year was won by RG Carter for their work on the Canary Quay project. A well-deserved award for the delivery of 323 apartments on the River Wensum in the city centre.  Rossi Long were involved in this development for over 10 years initially supporting the client with essential strategic pre-planning services and subsequently the civil and structural engineering consultancy services for the development.

Excellence in Collaboration was also won by RG Carter for their work on Swallowtail Place in Acle. The re-development of existing land has provided a 58-apartment living scheme situated between Norwich and Great Yarmouth for the over 55’s.  The scheme empowers older people to continue to live independently and has built a community within a community. The apartments consist of one- and two-bedroom self-contained homes with communal spaces. Allowing residents to live independently but with the added reassurance of a care team on site at all times.   Rossi Long worked collaboratively with Saffron Housing and RG Carter providing civil and structural engineering services from the early stages of conception through to project completion.

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Oxburgh Hall - Raising the roof project

We are absolutely delighted to have received TWO awards at the Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards 2023 for our work with the National Trust on their iconic Grade I Listed building ‘Oxburgh Hall’

The awards for Excellence in Innovation and Project of the Year were testament to our hard work in restoring this beautiful building expertly and sensitively back to its original glory following the catastrophic collapse of one of the main dormers in 2016.

Over the course of 6 years, we worked carefully and meticulously to sympathetically repair individual timbers, strengthen the roof and dismantle and refurbish 14 masonry dormers and 27 individual chimneys.  This was a complex and delicate task not least because the moat which surrounds the hall couldn’t be drained for any length of time. Our Innovative methods led to our design and the build of a complex scaffold which enabled us to complete the works whilst keeping the hall safely open to the public.

The project was the largest conservation project undertaken by the National Trust (East of England) and gained local press coverage and recognition on the Sky TV series ‘Heritage Rescue’

We are incredibly proud to have been recognised by Norfolk Constructing Excellence and also receiving the IStructE Regional award in 2022 for Structural Excellence for this project.

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IStructE East Anglia - Regional Winner 2022

We are thrilled to be awarded the IStructE Regional group award for Structural Excellence for our conservation work with the National Trust on their Grade 1 listed Oxburgh Hall.

Where dedicated teamwork and ingenuity ensured that complex remedial works could be undertaken to the roof of a landmark listed building structure, involving innovative temporary works constructed partially within the moat surrounding the property’  IStructE

The Raising the roof project was chosen as the IStructE winner recognising our innovative approach to the restoration of this beautiful building following the catastrophic collapse of one of the main dormers in 2016.  The project presented some unique challenges requiring “back to first principles” engineering designs in conjunction with prototype testing for justification. This was particularly relevant to the innovative “articulated” scaffolding founded within the moat with numerous site and client constraints. The scheme was an ambitious project which has required a dedicated support team of experienced, sympathetic Engineers to overcome the numerous and often complex challenges.

Over the duration of the six-year project, we worked carefully and thoroughly to restore the building which was built in 1482, back to its original glory.   We were incredibly proud to have been part of this prestigious and successful project which has received national recognition through the Nick Knowles hosted Heritage Rescue series on the Sky Discovery channel.  Winning this award for Structural Excellence is an honour.

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Goldsmith Street Passivhaus Development wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2019
9th October 2019
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Peter O’Sullevan House Opened
5th October 2019

Peter O’Sullevan House has opened. The facility, named after the late racing commentator,  is a rehabilitation and fitness centre for injured jockeys located in Newmarket, Suffolk, comprised of rehabilitation and physio treatment areas, a fully equipped gym, a hydrotherapy pool, training rooms furnished with state-of-the-art racing simulators as well as offices for The Injured Jockeys Fund charity.

The injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) provides support and charitable assistance to both amateur and professional racehorse riders and their families following an injury, long term incapacitation or just in general need. They also have the facilities to help jockeys face the demanding physical and mental risks of the sport. 

The structure is predominantly formed in steel with elements of Glulam framing, notably to the external elevations. The complex roof arrangement is unfortunately concealed internally by services and finishes but can be appreciated from aerial views.

Peter O’Sullevan House is the third and most recent centre in the country provided by the IJF and was officially opened by Sir A.P.McCoy in October 2019.

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