Carnforth Business Park

We were appointed by HFS Ltd to provided Structural Design and Principal Designer (PD) services, working alongside Architects, JMP.



JMP Lancaster

VMC Developments

Carnforth Business Park

Project Description

Thomas Consulting Ltd were appointed by HFS Ltd to provided Structural Design and Principal Designer (PD) services, working alongside Architects, JMP.

The project comprises the construction of a new portal frame industrial building with offices and external areas of hardstanding, service yard and landscaping. In addition, there is an area of proposed car parking off Oakwood Way associated with the development.

As PD, TCL identified that the site was in close proximity to National Grid 275kV overhead power cables which would require careful control of crainage activities to minimize the risks associated with electrocution.

In pre-construction information, the contractor was referred to HSE Guidance Note GS6. In addition, the site is located on a busy developing industrial park and the need for strict segregation measures between the construction activities and park users/ other contractors was identified in the pre-construction information. The PC prepared a Construction Phase plan and issued this to TCL for approval. The Plan incorporated risk assessments and method statements (RAMS) to control the risks arising from the residual hazards identified with pre-construction information, in particular the significant risk associated with working in close proximity to 275kV overhead power lines. Particular control measures included the erection of appropriate temporary high level barriers to prevent accidental crane slinging into the 7m protection zone. Conflict with other users of the business park and nearby construction sites was avoided by the use of fence segregation and appropriate signage. The Plan was checked by TCL as PD and suitability reported to the Client.

A message from Thomas Consulting

2021 - Merger Finalised

Thomas Consulting are delighted to announce that over the spring period we have finalised a merger with the structural arm of Carr Faulkner Associates Ltd (CFA Structures Ltd).

CFA Structures Ltd, is a highly regarded structural engineering practice based in Chorley, Lancashire.

The merger will  enhance Thomas Consulting’s already strong reputation within the industry for providing technical services, construction guidance,

and general Civil Engineering services UK wide.

The Carr Faulkner office in Chorley town centre has now closed, all future works will take the Thomas Consulting name.

All the staff at the time of the merger have been retained, with former director Howard Faulkner joining Thomas Consulting as a consultant at the Buckshaw Village office.

Should you need to contact any member of our team the following numbers are available during working hours of 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

01743 237940 (Shrewsbury), 01772 299040 (Chorley) and 01524 846022 (Lancaster)