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.

Find out more about what we did for the project. 

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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

Goldsmith Street, Norwich – winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2019.

Rossi Long Consulting are extremely proud to be civil and structural engineers for this landmark development providing close to 100 Passivhaus homes.

The award recognises the huge significance of energy efficient housing stock and the commitment of Norwich City Council to this ambition. We have been involved with the project since 2014, so has been five years in the making but has been well worth it. The resulting housing development is stunning and we are delighted for all involved.

For further details please refer to the Goldsmiths Street Project Page.

Images courtesy of David Kirkham.

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Peter O’Sullevan House Opened

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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Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity Golf Day 2019

Our charity golf day for 2019 dedicated fundraising for the proposed Priscilla Bacon Hospice and was a huge success.  Teams from across the eastern counties gathered to enjoy a fantastic round at Bawburgh Golf Club to support the £12.5M appeal.

The day raised £4,500 for the charity.  Mark Nicholas, CEO for Priscilla Bacon Hospice appeal was present to describe the proposals, said “We are thrilled that Rossi Long has chosen to support this appeal for a much-needed hospice.  The Charity Golf Day is an act of leadership which we hope will inspire others to give.”

Many thanks to Mike Lloyd for organising the event, to all the guests who supported the charity and to Bawburgh Golf Club for hosting the day.  Thanks also to Sam, Juliet and Vanessa for making the cakes which sold like, well…hot cakes – all for a great cause.

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