A Lynn firm of structural and civil engineers which has worked on some of the most important historical buildings in the town is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Calvert, Brain and Fraulo, which operates out of offices at 3 Portland Street, has worked on projects all over the country, although most of its work centres on Lynn and East Anglia.
Some of the most prominent buildings in Lynn which it has been involved with in conservation and preservation work include the Custom House, Town Hall, Redmount Chapel, Greyfriars Tower and buildings in Tuesday Market Place.
And it has also been structural design consultants on numerous recent new-build projects, including Hunstanton Sailing Club, offices for Adrian Flux at East Winch, clean rooms for North Lynn factory Bespak, and houses and flats developments in the town. In the past it has also worked on Purfleet Quay and West Lynn ferry’s cabin and walkway for the Millennium Project, Lynnsport’s Skate Park and numerous factory buildings.
Roy Brain, who now runs the business as a limited company with his wife, Tracy, and who set up a sister company in 2007 Calvert, Brain and Fraulo Architectural, has plans to further build on its success.
“Going forward we are anticipating an improvement in the economy which we are hoping will bring lots of new opportunities for the two businesses to show their capabilities and commitment to a first class service to all of our new and existing clients,” he said.
Calvert, Brain and Fraulo was established as a partnership in 1994 as the result of a management buy-out of the local office of international consulting engineers Travers Morgan by Mike Calvert, Roy Brain and Robert Fraulo (Snr). The new firm also incorporated the long-established engineering consultancy of R S Fraulo and Partners.
Robert Fraulo retired from the business in 2000 and Mike Calvert in 2004, although he remains an active consultant with expertise in farm reservoirs. James Luker started work for the firm shortly after it was set up and is now an associate in the company and, more recently, chartered architect Mark Kenney joined the business as a director.
At the time of the business was first set up in 1994 there were three partners as well as a secretary and draughtsman. Now there is an 11-strong team in both of the businesses in full and part time roles.
Mr Brain said: “The success of the business is due in no small part to the loyalty, dedication, professionalism and hard work of the staff, all of whom have been with the business for between 15 and 20 years.”