The Dovercourt Development in Bristol, comprises 129 one, two, and three bed apartments, in blocks of up to 6 storeys high. With our multifarious skills, we were able to undertake the structural engineering design for the restoration of the historic 19th Century ‘White’ & ‘Yellow’ buildings, the new build elements as well as the concept and detailed design of the feature tensile membrane atrium canopy. The new apartments are of timber frame construction built off a new reinforced concrete podium slab over a basement car park where we worked to re-use much of the existing pad foundations and retaining walls from the demolished 1960’s concrete framed garage. External steel walkways, structurally separate from the apartment blocks, support the multi-conic canopy over the central courtyard. The tensile canopy is a multiple conic form with the perimeter supported from the external steel walkway framing which over-sails the apartment roofs to allow for drainage onto the roofs as well as providing a vent to the atrium space. The ‘flying’ masts are cable supported from the walkway framing and these are jacked to provide the fabric form. We designed and co-ordinated the entire frame and canopy structures for the client as well as undertaking the detailed design for the sub-contract specialist fabric manufacturer.