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ECCLESIASTICAL

Since its formation in 1977 Craddys have had a close relationship with the Clifton Catholic Diocese and have provided engineering support and advice to the diocese for over 40 years.

Craddys have experience of structural inspections and the design of structural alterations and restorations to a wide variety of structures and places of worship.

Specialist commissions have included forensic investigations into cracking and damage to existing structures ranging from 19th Century traditional buildings to 20th Century modern structures.

Shah Jalal Jame Mosque, Bristol

Client: Shahjalal Jame Mosque Trust

Value: <£1m

An extension to the existing building consisting of a new prayer room and associated ancillary facilities. Structure consists of traditional timber floors on load bearing masonry walls incorporating a steel transfer frame over car park. Additional challenges included the cramped conditions on site and the need to coordinate the substructure with the footing for a large advertisement signpost overlooking a motorway.

Holy Cross Church, Bristol

Client: Diocesan of Clifton

Value: < £1m

A large 1920s red-brick church, upon which Craddys has been advising since the 1980s. Advice has included recommendations on the significance of cracking visible in the superstructure and the design and provision of curved steel arch reinforcement to improve the integrity of a masonry arch that had undergone movement. Most recently in 2018 Craddys have undertaken a review of the structure.

Clifton Cathedral, Bristol

Client: Diocese of Clifton

Value: £1m – £5m

Built in 1973 and listed only 27 years later, this intricate reinforced concrete structure is clad with precast concrete panels faced with exposed pink Aberdeen Granite. Craddys provided the structural engineering input required for the multi million pound roof and interior refurbishment in 2017, including the design of the stainless steel structure to the new turret roof, review of the loads imposed by the complex temporary works, the formation of new openings and review of the condition of the cladding.

Trinity Church, Salcome

Client: Church of The Holy Trinity

Value: < £1m

Craddys designed the structural elements to support a Planar Glass screen to separate the entrance area and mezzanine from the body of the church. Supports had to be sensitively designed to minimise their impact on the historic fabric. The new glazed screen brings a modern refinement of quality to an historic structure..

St Bernadette’s Church, Bristol

Client: Diocese of Clifton

Value: < £1m

This unusual late 1960s reinforced concrete building is dominated by a hyperbolic paraboloid shell roof. Craddys have undertaken testing on the shell to investigate its structural integrity, as reinforced concrete can suffer from effects that can cause a reduction in strength. Craddys have also carried out an analysis of the roof to identify whether it is capable of carrying a new roof surface to replace the existing foil surfaced elastomeric membrane.

Sacred Heart, Wotton Bassett

Client: Diocese of Clifton

Value: <£1m

The civil and structural design for new church and presbytery with 230 seating capacity.