Lyons O'Neill

Placing clients at the heart of our service

A successful project isn’t just about a stunning end result or fulfilling a client’s brief – it’s about the whole design and construction process. In any project, the relationship between the parties involved, how issues are navigated and the communication flow is as important as the bricks and mortar. Indeed, if any of these areas are lacking, the quality of the end product will suffer.

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Pre-planning Services: Flood Risk Assessments

Unsure if you’re at risk of flooding?

The colder months can often mean a yearly gamble for those at risk of flooding. Which means those who are yet unsure of how their development will fare could be less prepared for any unfortunate damage, and its wider implications. Flood risk assessments provide early advice regarding flood risks. This knowledge can go on to prove instrumental when seeking a successful planning application. 

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Project Spotlight: Reef Way SEMH School, Hailsham

We’re delighted to introduce our new Project Spotlight series, which will showcase the projects we’re currently working on and the engineering techniques involved.

In our first Project Spotlight we’ll be looking at our work at Reef Way SEMH School in Hailsham. This project involved a number of challenges but these were successfully navigated through the use of intelligent engineering solutions. Read on to find out more about the project, the factors involved and how our pre-planning services assisted construction.

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15 days to go! Lyons O’Neill engineer set to take on the Atlantic

In just 15 days, Lyons O’Neill’s Senior Structural Engineer James Protherough will be embarking on a 3000 mile row across the Atlantic to help combat plastic pollution. The row is part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which will see 30 teams battle the elements in competition for the coveted prize. James will be joined by school friends Ewan, Ed and Jon to form the team Atlantic Ambition, who are hoping to beat a record time of 37 days and 9 hours! In anticipation of the row, we sat down with James to discuss his preparations and motivations for the challenge.

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Focus on: Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS)

Surface water provides unique challenges on many construction sites. When flat, impermeable materials are used in and around buildings, there is less space for natural infiltration, and excess surface water must be smartly managed to avoid flooding and pollution. With these challenges come the need for specialist engineer involvement at all stages of a project especially at the pre-planning stage.

In a large number of our own projects, we’ve been able to factor sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) into complex building sites from the very beginning of the design stage. These drainage systems ensure surface water is managed in a controlled matter and directed to where it won’t negatively impact both the client and the surrounding environment.

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How to become an engineer

In recent years, we’ve seen lots of initiatives hoping to get young people more interested in engineering. However, the number of engineering paths to choose from means it can still be difficult for prospective students to determine which will be the right fit for them. We’re hoping to make things a little clearer with this handy guide, because we firmly believe that engineering should be an accessible career option for all.

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Project updates

Autumn is officially underway and with it comes the start of the new school term. As thousands of students return to school, college and university, we’d like to take the opportunity to reflect on the education projects we have completed recently. From our experience, we know that the built environment and school facilities has a big impact on student engagement, concentration levels, and even mental health so it’s crucial to get it right. We’re proud of our work on these projects and our whole education sector portfolio, helping inspire and support the learning of the next generation!

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Focus on: Drawing and modelling

Engineering and construction projects are by necessity complex undertakings. The numerous stages of planning, design, development and construction with multiple parties involved means communication needs to be flawless. With deadlines, budgets and client expectations to be met, it’s imperative that everyone is on the same page and working as effectively as possible. Miscommunication not only endangers project goals but operatives’ personal safety so finding a way to accurately and effectively share information is paramount. In engineering, drawing and modelling plays a pivotal role in this.

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How can prefabricated construction work with bespoke site conditions?

The resurgence in prefabricated building can hardly come as a surprise. With the ability to dramatically cut programme time, costs and waste, prefabrication techniques are helping provide solutions to construction’s biggest problems. As concerns over climate change, the economy and housing shortfalls only continue to rise the race is on to build more efficiently and sustainably and prefabrication is able to deliver on both. No wonder the prefabricated housing market is estimated to reach $19.3 billion globally by 2024.

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