F J Samuely and Partners Ltd., Consulting Engineers, specialise
in structural engineering and related civil engineering.
The firm has been responsible for the structural design and site inspection
of a wide variety of projects including universities, hospitals, commercial
buildings, residential buildings, shopping centres, leisure centres and
The firm's origins date back to 1933 when Felix Samuely came to Britain,
where he worked on a number of well known and innovative structures, including
the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill, Simpsons Piccadilly and the Skylon
for the Festival of Britain.
F J Samuely and Partners was formed in 1956 and Frank Newby became senior
partner in 1959 when Felix Samuely died prematurely. Frank Newby retired
in 1991 and Ian Singleton-Green became Senior Partner. Well known structures
from this period include the Snowdon Aviary at the London Zoo, Stirling's
Leicester Engineering Laboratories, the Clore Gallery at the Tate and
the Burrell Museum in Glasgow. F J Samuely and Partners Ltd. was formed
in April 2000. Tom Schollar is the Managing Director.
Subsequent major projects include the New Parliamentary Buildings at
Bridge Street, the Michelin Building refurbishment and the Design Museum
- one of several projects at Butlers Wharf. Recent projects include new
buildings for the University Library and the Judge Institute of Management
Studies at Cambridge; shopping centres at Tunbridge Wells, Milton Keynes
and Swindon, a new college for Japanese students at Canterbury and leisure
centres at Windsor and Borehamwood.
The Partners/Directors have always limited the size of the firm to allow
them to take an active role in the design and direction of each project,
which can vary in size from under £1M to over £60M.
There is close collaboration with architects and other members of the
design team to achieve clients' needs with elegance and economy, be it
for a functional office or factory building or for a sophisticated museum
or leisure centre.
The firm is experienced in reinforced and prestressed concrete, steelwork,
loadbearing masonry, timber and aluminium. If the structure is to be exposed,
much attention is given to the form of the structural elements and the
appearance of their connections. When appropriate, new forms of construction
are developed and tested. Refurbishment, with its own particular problems,
has become an integral part of the workload in recent years and has stimulated
interest in historic materials and techniques, with projects at the British
Museum, the Houses of Parliament, the Royal Thai Embassy and the De La
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