RHODES & PARTNERS


Specialist Structures


Either working directly for a fabricator or specialist contractor or advising as part of a team with architects and local authorities, our design of specialist structures ranges from timber bridges and portal frames to canopies, shelters, shadesails and handrailing systems. Our bespoke steel and aluminium canopies, shelters, balustrades and handrail systems cover the transport, health, leisure and education sectors on a range of high profile sites including major airports, DLR stations and many hundreds of primary, secondary and sixth form colleges nationwide. The structures in the first section were designed manufactured and installed by Broxap Ltd a specialist single-source sub-contractor in the Design and Build sector.

Canopies, Shades and Railing

  • Glass sheeting on aluminium frames for a large conservatory and external canopies at the House of Bruar in Scotland.

  • The structural design for the glass and steel canopy and the foundations were our design services for Aberystwyth Railway Station.

  • We designed this bespoke monopitch canopy (Aquinas) with a toughened glass planar roof for use at Edward Wilson School Westminster.

  • Structural calculations for the glass and steel wave structure and pile driven foundations at this primary school.

  • Steel sheeting on a steel frame forms this monopitch canopy for Pembury Hospital.

  • An unusual bespoke glass and steel frame canopy we designed for Marlowe shopping centre in Hemel Hempstead.


Civil Engineering Projects

  • The design of the decking and foundations for the extension of this cafe in marple bridge over the the Rover Goyt proved challenging!

  • Working closely with Chester diocese we have been involved in this retaining wall to a churchyard: assessing the existing, designing both the temporary shoring works and the new wall.

  • A new-build “mansion-type” house with reinforced concrete basement and  pre-cast wideslab ground floor.


  • The bursting of a mains water pipe in Congleton caused part of the bank of the River Dane, including a large allotment, to be washed into the river. We designed a river bank replacement project utilising soil stabilisation techniques together with a new river outlet for the large mains sewer overflow outfall.

  • This award winning timber arch bridge footbridge in the Lathkill Dale Peak District is an example of one of the many structural timber components and projects we have designed.

  • The brownfield site was formerly occupied by a brick mill which had been demolished, with the resulting material left in the basement. This presented a challenge to improve the ground conditions using dynamic compaction with the additional constraints of underlying rock in one corner and a river bank on the other side.


Bespoke Projects

  • Media City Bridge, Manchester- engineering input on the design of stainless steel light boxes.

  • An interesting project for Mellor Archaeological Society which involved reporting on and providing strengthening details for the tunnel to Mellor Mill.

  • Some clients request bespoke traditional timber construction. We designed these green oak king post trusses with curved tie beams which were subsequently exported to Turkey.

















































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