Structural and Civil Consultants Ltd is a North-East based company offering a wide range of professional engineering services.

The firm has the unique advantage of having a team of senior engineers with unrivalled expertise in their fields, who remain directly involved in detailed design work and project management. This gives the company all the benefits of a small and friendly office, yet with the qualities of an international, highly-skilled organisation. The specialist areas reflect the diverse expertise of the directors:

The directors are both acknowledged leaders in their fields and are Fellows of both the ICE and IStructE. Robert Thorniley-Walker has been North-East Regional Chair of ICE  and Joe Foley is past Regional Chair of IStructE. The company also has one of the few Accredited Conservation Engineers in the North East and both directors act as advisers and lecturers for a number of professional groups, journals, and committees. 

In December 2015, Robert Thorniley-Walker was chosen as one of three key-note speakers for the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) at the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Concrete Tree

z122-02“Concrete Tree” for the new sea front in St. Helier, Jersey. The sculpture will resemble a healthy two hundred-year-old oak tree with a layered canopy in the fashion of a Cedar of Lebanon. The tree will be sited at a focal point on an otherwise exposed and barren length of sea wall. The height of the tree will be approximately 7m high. The artist’s impression gives an appreciation of the sale and nature of the sculpture.

From close observation, the base of the trunk will be seen to be carved from stone or sculptured in concrete with roots set to frame other stone artefacts. The specification for the concrete will maximise the viable life of the sculpture and include stainless steel reinforcement and air entrained concrete.

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Tide, Time and the Moon

z122-01“Tide, Time and the Moon” for Helix Arts by Colin Wilbourne, Craig Knowles and Carl Fisher. This apparently simple sculpture entailed complex structural specification and detailing. The work involved construction of seven 1.2m diameter concrete bowls placed on the beach north of Sunderland. Foundations were designed to resist wave forces for three very different ground conditions.







z122-03Materials used in this most hostile of environments were revolutionary. The concrete contained inhibitors to reduce the risk of corrosion of reinforcement. Smooth internal finishes were produced using self-compacting concrete placed within a spun steel internal shutter and a fibreglass external shutter. Failures and successes in the pouring of the bowls helped to develop the technology of concrete, the durability of which is being monitored with interest.

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Steel Tree


“Steel Tree” for Helix Arts by Carl Fisher, a member of Colin Wilbourne’s team for the Wear Riverside Art Project. Although this steel sculpture was designed and created by the artist, the 20m high structure needed to be modelled on a computer to assess its structural stability.

Artists tend to push materials to the limit of their capabilities and methods of construction tend to differ from the usual site techniques.

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