Located in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, for RG Carter Ltd – Design ID provided full Structural Engineering Design Services on behalf of the contractor for temporary works and the contractor proposed roof redesign. Commissioned in 1714 by the Borough Council the architects John Price of Richmond were instructed to model the church on St Clement Danes by Sir Christopher Wren. The result, a monumental baroque design which goes far beyond imitation of St Clements and is now recognised as one of the finest examples of Baroque Church architecture outside of London. The new pavilion building is single storey, constructed of load bearing masonry with oak columns and timber trusses supporting the lead roof. Design ID were appointed by RG Carter to complete a roof re-design – following the original concept of a diaphragm timber plate supported on rafters, but introducing a horizontal tie to create individual roof trusses to both aid buildability and reduce overall deflections of the roof. Design ID also carried temporary works design, developing the phased de-propping sequence including strain gauges to monitor the stress and forces in the bottom chord of the trusses, and full connection design for the timber trusses and stainless steel ties.
Architect: Hopkins Architects
Contractor: RG Carter