Structural Engineers in Cumbria, England, U.K. JS Engineering Design Ltd.
Consulting Structural Engineers

Recent projects

Tel: 01768 890261

  Below are details of a selection of our recent projects.

Puppet Theatre & Gallery, Upfront, Penrith
Centre for Outdoor Management, Education & Training, Newton Rigg
Sunnygill Barn, Ousby, Penrith
Upfront Eco Lodges, Penrith
Scattergate Close, Appleby in Westmorland
Industrial Units, Gilwilly Industrial Estate, Penrith
Cow House, Castlehowe Scar, Shap, Cumbria
Quaysiders Club, Ambleside, Cumbria
Climbing Wall, Newton Rigg
Ashton Golf Centre, Lancaster
Holme Head Mills, Carlisle, Cumbria
Industrial Unit, Hartness Road, Penrith
Conversion of Bells garage, Cliburn, Penrith
Institute, Appleby, Cumbria
Chocolates Factory, Orton, Cumbria.

  Puppet Theatre & Gallery, Upfront, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith

Client: Up-Front Arts Ltd
Architects: Graham K. Norman (Architect) Ltd

Puppet Theatre & Gallery, Upfront, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, Cumbria Up-Front Arts wanted to replace their small puppet theatre with a new purpose made building providing better staging and lots more seating capacity.  The result is the new extension to the gallery.  This houses not only the new theatre, but more gallery space and room for a puppet museum too.
  It is a bold and honest building with much of the steel framework uncovered and in view.  Engineered timber walls and floors help to give it high insulation values and good sustainability credentials. Puppet Theatre & Gallery, Upfront, Hutton-in-the-Forest
Puppet Theatre & gallery, Upfront, Penrith The roof shape is interesting with various intersecting planes and an asymmetric shape over the theatre. This opens up space at the apex of the roof to put in some clerestory windows and gives the roof trusses their unusual, irregular shape. JS Engineering Design was engaged to provide the structural design for the project, from foundations to the roof.
  Centre for Outdoor Managemement, Education and Training,
Cumbria Campus at Newton Rigg, Penrith

Client: University of Central Lancashire
Architects: hm Architecture

Centre for Outdoor Management, Education & Training, Newton Rigg, Penrith This is the new Centre for Outdoor Management, Education and Training building, completed in 2005. It has a mix of seminar and office rooms, with a business centre and shops on the ground floor.

The structure is a combination of loadbearing masonry and steel framing. Interesting aspects of the building design are the curved wall at the left-hand end, the zigzag profile of the front wall and the stair tower at the right-hand end.

Centre for Outdoor Management, Education & Training, Newton Rigg, Penrith
The masonry zigzag wall of the offices is directly over the shop fronts at ground floor level. Our design catered for this using steel framing to support the weight of the masonry, but without intruding into the shop floors and shop fronts below.

The stair tower is framed in steelwork.  This allowed curtain wall glazing to be used flooding the stairway with light.

  Sunnygill Barn, Ousby, Penrith

Client: S Daley
Architect: Gary Kirby Design

Barn conversion, Sunnygill Barn, Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria A redundant stone walled field barn has been converted into two very attractive holiday cottages, Corn Rigg and Rusby Barn.They can be booked with Lakes Cottage Holidays. The barn needed a new roof, new first floor and the existing ground floor had to be lowered.
  To provide sufficient headroom to introduce a first floor, the ground floor had to be as low as possible. When the ground was dug out to form the ground floor, the foundations along part of the rear wall became exposed and had to be underpinned. Exterior of Corn Rigg, Ousby barn conversion, Penrith, Cumbria
Interior of Corn Rigg, Ousby barn conversion, Penrith, Cumbria However, this was further complicated by the external ground level being a lot higher than the inside and the rear wall actually being the site boundary as well. We devised a way of successfully underpinning the wall accessing it only from the inside.
  Part of the character of old buildings is the bulges and bumps evident in the walls. This property is no exception. Exterior of Rusby barn, a barn conversion at Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria
Interior of Rusby Barn, barn conversion at Ousby, Penrith, Cumbria With our structural detailing and careful construction by the builder, we retained the existing frontage - although there is quite a significant bow to the side of the archway. (Bottom 4 photos courtesy of Cumbrian Cottages)
  Upfront Eco Lodges, Penrith

Client: Eco Stay

  Upfront Gallery have constructed new Eco-Lodges in their grounds. These are designed to have a minimum impact on the environment and are styled on traditional log cabins. This gives the holiday lodges a simple, but striking appearance. Eco Lodge at Upfront Gallery, Unthank, Penrith

Construction of Upfront Eco Lodges, Penrith, Cumbria

JS Engineering Design provided the structural design, with telegraph poles for the vertical structure and larch beams (felled locally) to frame the floor and roof. Masonite engineered timber panels are used to form the roof, floor and walls.
  A large clerestory window along the roof ridge allows natural day light to flood into the living room and kitchen dining area for most of the day. Interior of an Upfront Eco Lodge, Penrith, Cumbria
Verandah of an Upfront Eco Lodge, Penrith, Cumbria The walls, floor and roof are made from two layers with a cavity filled with sheep’s wool insulation. The roof is clad with cedar wood shingles and rainwater will be collected to be re-cycled to flush the toilets.
  Scattergate Close, Appleby-in-Westmorland

Client: Eden Housing Association Ltd., Penrith, Cumbria
Architects: HTGL

Four two-bedroom homes to rent were created from a brownfield site in Appleby. JS Engineering Design were engaged to provide engineering services for the project. Houses entailing ground beam foundations, Appleby, Cumbria
  We undertook a ground investigation and found that the ground under the site was soft and highly variable. Pile and ground beam foundations were designed to overcome the poor ground conditions. Ground beams take the place of the strip footings to support the walls of the building and transfer the loads to the piles. Structural design of trimmer beams for the first floor were also provided.

Industrial Units, Gilwilly Industrial Estate, Penrith

Client: Stewart Dixon
Architects: Brian Halliburton

 Portal frame Industrial Units in Penrith, Cumbria, U.K.

  This project involved the construction of two adjacent light industrial units. The units are structured with steel portal frames with steel sheet cladding and brickwork wrapping around the lower sections of the walls. The ground conditions are poor and the industrial units set at different levels. So the foundations needed careful design to cope with the conditions and to incorporate the retaining walls at changes in level.
Gilwilly Industrial Units, Penrith, Cumbria, U.K. - portal frames
  Cow House at Castlehowe Scar, Cumbria

Client: D & A Barbour
Architects: Carrock Architects


A redundant stone outbuilding, formerly a cow byre, which had few sound walls and no roof, has been converted into very smart 5* holiday accommodation, which can be booked with Lakes Cottage Holidays.

Barn conversion at Castlehowe Scar, Cumbria
Timber truss at Castlehowe Scar, Shap, Cumbria JS Engineering Design was engaged to design a new roof with traditional pegged oak timber trusses, purlins and beams and undertake structural checks on the existing masonry walls. We also assisted with trial pit investigations to determine ground conditions.

The resulting accommodation is delightful with a roof open to the new trusses which have been built to a high standard. Carpentered mortice and tenon joints, held in place with wooden pegs, rather than bolts, help create a traditional appearance.

Timber trusses at Castlehowe Scar, Penrith, Cumbria
Barn conversion at Castlehowe Scar, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria The form and details of the roof perfectly complement the simple internal arrangements and decoration. Some of the original stone walls are exposed, adding to the charm. The design also cleverly incorporated original circular masonry piers into the design as doorways.

The client commented: “Being new to all this building stuff, John could so easily have bamboozled me into believing I had to pay more or wait longer. He was brilliant and did neither, even though there was an extra blip to contend with later on. Thank you!”

Barn conversion at Castlehowe Scar, Penrith, Cumbria
  Quaysiders Club, Ambleside

Client: Quaysiders Club Ltd.
Architects: Architectural Design Ltd.

  A managers house and club lounge cum reception have been constructed to add to an existing holiday accommodation. Quaysiders Club Reception building, Ambleside, Lake District

Quaysiders Club, Ambleside, Lake District - manager's building

The buildings are in masonry. The ground proved to be poor and pile foundations are used with ground beams to support the buildings.
  The club reception has an interesting roof shape incorporating a traditional timber truss at the entrance and glulam timber purlins inside. Quaysiders Club Reception building, Ambleside, Lake District, showing timber truss
  Climbing Wall, Cumbria Campus at Newton Rigg

Client: King Kong Climbing Walls

The Cumbria Campus at Newton Rigg wished to install a climbing wall facility, nine metres high by six metres wide, in an existing steel portal frame building. JS Engineering Design Ltd. was engaged to check the structural stability and structural safety of King Kong Climbing Walls' design, including providing supporting structural calculations.
Climbing Wall, Cumbria Campus at Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria The final result allows for a variety of climbing situations. There is a 2 metre wide platform on top of an overhanging buttress. There is a Real Rock Area incorporating various cracks, pockets and other natural features, which is topped with a belay ledge for instructional sessions.
  Ashton Golf Centre, Lancaster

Client: Ashton Golf Centre
Architects: Ian Campbell Design

Ashton Golf Centre constructed a golf shop and cafe bar extension with a balcony overlooking the golf course. The building is constructed in rendered and stone masonry with a timber balcony. Ashton Golf Centre building, Lancaster, U.K.,

Interior of Ashton Golf Centre building, Lancaster, U.K.,

The interior has clear span timber roof and floors supported on steel beams.
  Holme Head Mills, Carlisle

Client: Crowther Homes Ltd.
Architects: Architectural Design Ltd. (early phase) and Broadway Malyan (latest phase).

This complex of old mill buildings had fallen into disrepair. Our client is imaginatively transforming the complex into attractive and desirable living accommodation along the riverside. This is a large ongoing project and we are involved with the latest phase of four buildings. The buildings are solidly constructed with brickwork walls and timber floors supported on a variety of timber, steel and cast iron beams and columns.

Our contribution was to survey and report on the structural condition of the buildings and to provide advice, structural design and details for the repairs and alterations needed. We have also designed road layouts, and foul and surface water drainage. Holme Head Mill redevelopment, Carlisle, Cumbria, U.K.
  Industrial Unit, Hartness Road, Penrith

Client: Stewart Dixoxn
Architects: Manning & Elliott

Steel portal frame building, Penrith, Cumbria, U.K. This is a steel portal frame building clad in brick and steel sheet cladding. We were engaged to undertake the site investigation and design of the structure and foundations.
  The external concrete hardstanding is reinforced with fibres instead of traditional steel reinforcement. This made the hardstanding easier and cheaper to construct.
  Chocolates Factory, Orton

Client: Kennedy's Fine Chocolates
Architects: Andrew Nash Associates

Chocolates Factory, Orton, Penrith, Cumbria An extension to the cafe is needed at their busy chocolates factory shop. We provided the design of the roof structure for the extension using traditional timber truss and purlin construction to blend in with the existing stone built school house.
Conversion of Bells garage, at Cliburn, Penrith

Client: Camerada Ltd.
Architects: Andrew Nash Associates

  A redundant garage and chapel have been imaginatively converted into four attractive housing units. The site is awkward with high ground levels at the rear. Cliburn, Penrith
Chapel conversion at Cliburn, Penrith, Cumbria The existing stone buildings were retained and sympathetically converted to residential accommodation.
  The high ground levels at the rear necessitated the design of a new retaining wall. This became part of the rear wall of the houses to maximise the floor area within the houses. The floor and roof structure were replaced - again to maximise the available internal space.
  The Institute, Appleby, Cumbria

Client: Eden Housing Association Ltd.
Architects: Day Cummins

Former Institute, Appleby, Cumbria - Before Renovation

The former Institute on The Sands, Appleby, has been transformed from a dilapidated, single storey building into 3 two-bedroomed residential units, over two floors.


JS Engineering Design Ltd. was engaged to undertake a structural assessment of the property & advise on proposed alterations.

Institute, Appleby, Cumbria - After Renovation

Other Clients include:

Cumbria County Council
Commissioners for England
Lake District National Park Authority
Eden District Council
The National Trust
Forte (U.K.) Ltd.
United Utilities Electricity plc
RMC Concrete Products (UK) Ltd.
Blue Circle
Derwent & Solway Housing Association
Sunlight Services Ltd.
LARS Communications Ltd.
Penrith Co-operative Society
Carlisle Diocesan Parsonages Board
3IP Projects Ltd.

JS Engineering Design Ltd., The Office, Mardale Rd., Penrith, Cumbria, U.K. CA11 9EH.

  Home Contact us
  What do structural engineers do? Links
  Our services Fact sheets
  About us Job Vacancies
  Top of page Terms of Use
  Client comments JS Engineering Design Ltd. 14.26