People

The Team

We are a dynamic bunch, totally enthusiastic about what we do as we inform our built environment, and we seek to instil this enthusiasm into our work. Our experiences allow us to appropriately innovative and meet the expectations of our collaborators and clients.

Ideas can flow more freely when we work creatively from the beginning together with the team, combining our knowledge with others to devise fully integrated design solutions. Alongside our core team of structural and civil engineers, renaissance has co-collaborators with specialisms in the fields of geo-environmental engineering, sustainability and fire engineering, material and form optimisation.

Helen Gribbon
Director
MIStructE CEng, BEng, MScArch

Helen has over 20 years of experience in the built environment and, with training in both engineering and architecture, she brings a passion for detail and a creative edge to projects. Throughout her career, Helen has worked across the residential, hospitality, health and scientific, education, cultural and civic sectors. Notable projects are: Pamona Island, GatewayEssa Primary, UCL’s London Centre for Nanotechnology, and Oxford Music Practice Rooms.

Helen is also a keen advocate and active in the advancement of new material applications in building engineering as well as analytical developments. Working closely with various universities, material societies and key leaders in the field of engineering has led to several successful projects in this area and publications (Cardboard in ArchitectureStraw Bale Engineering).

Helen provides technical support and undertakes design critiques at Manchester School of Architecture and John Moores University She is also a board member of the Joint Board of Moderators representing the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Kevin Gilsenan
Director
MIStructE CEng BEng(Hons) MSc DIC

Kevin has an enthusiastic passion for engineering, which is driven by his desire to achieve engineering excellence. With over 17 years experience in the built environment, he has extensive experience of projects in the educational, commercial, and civic and cultural sectors. Through close collaboration with clients and design teams, Kevin has developed the ability to produce quality designs that are not only buildable but also meet tight financial constraints.

Throughout his career, Kevin’s most notable projects include redevelopment of the Grade II* listed Ashton Old Baths, the Manchester Corn Exchange and the redevelopment of the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. New developments include Home Manchester, Trinity, No 1 Angel Square and No 1 New York Street.

Kevin is a keen advocate of “lean working”, a candidate reviewer for The Institute of Structural Engineers and undertakes design critiques at the Manchester School of Architecture.