Structural Engineering

Our expertise in structural engineering includes design in steelwork, reinforced concrete, masonry and timber.

Structural engineering services provided:

  • Schools
  • Office buildings
  • Chapel conversions
  • Doctors & dental surgeries
  • Nursing homes
  • Sports room Facilities & stadia
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Commercial Properties
  • Retail Outlets
  • Domestic Properties
  • Barn conversions
  • Loft conversions
  • Underpinning of Foundations
  • Measured Surveys of Existing
  • Mortgage Reports
  • Insurance Reports
  • Subsidence and Structural Defects.

In addition to our structural engineering services we can offer the services of an Architectural Technician in house. Combining the two, to avoid seperate architectural and structural engineer appointments. We provide Full Planning & Building regulation drawings for all aspects of domestic alterations and new builds.

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General

It is always advisable to employ a Qualified Structural Engineer for the following types of small domestic work.

  • Loft Conversions
  • Chimney breast removals
  • Load-bearing wall removals
  • Extensions
  • Surveys & Reports
  • Foundation problems
  • Subsidence of Buildings
  • Potential Insurance Claims

It is important to note that when roofs are altered, walls/chimneys are removed, additional loads are added to the existing foundations and the overall structural integrity of a building is affected. A structural Engineer will not only design and size structural elements for floors, roofs and steel beams etc but advise on details to ensure stability is maintained. A holistic approach is necessary. Failure to obtain this advice along with building regulation approval can result in potential collapse in extreme cases and problems with selling properties in the future. We specialise in all of the above areas and would be only to pleased to provide any advice with regard to structural alterations to your domestic property prior to any works being carried out by others.

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Surveys

Preparation of structural report relative to :

  • Insurance claims due to subsidence of foundations.
  • Subsidence can be caused by leaking drains, proximity of trees, shrinkable clays or mining subsidence.
  • Purchase of domestic houses for mortgage purposes
  • Site investigations to determine ground conditions to advise on suitable economic foundations.

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Foundations

  • Design and detail of raft type foundations for past or future mining, consideration of proximity of trees in accordance with NHBC chaper 4.2, poor quality ground conditions and land infill sites.
  • Strip foundations and mass fill type foundations, with checks carried out on existing foundations due to additional loading. ie first floor extensions etc.
  • Advice on pile foundations & ground beams inclusive of obtain costs for piling.

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Beam Design

  • Design of steel, concrete or timber beams/lintels in accordance with relevant codes of practice and British standards.
  • Provision of new openings in domestic houses or removal of load bearing walls, chimney breasts etc.

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Temporary Propping Scheme.

  • Propping schemes for loadbearing walls and sequence of operations for temporary support to masonry walls to allow installation of new lintel, timber concrete or steel.

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Masonry

  • Design checks on masonry to ensure capacity of existing masonry is not overstressed and design of padstones.
  • Retaining Walls – Design of brickwork retaining walls either mass brickwork or reinforced cavity type, inclusive of foundations with checks for overturning and sliding.

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Barn Conversions

  • From initial preparation of structural report as a requirement under planning permission for refurbishment. Design of all other elements of structure inclusive of new foundations, advice on wall stability and overall stability, floor joists and design checks on existing king & Queen type roof trusses to remain exposed as a feature.

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Mezzanine Floors

  • Retail & Commercial mezzanine floors will create an enlarged sale or storage area over an existing floor area. Foundations can be kept to a minimum by utilising the existing ground floor slab, subject to site investigations or “As Built” information being made available.

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Timber Frame

  • Full design calculations and general arrangement drawings can be prepared suitable for building control approval and to be passed onto a timber frame manufacturer for construction drawings prior to pre-fabrication of the timber panels.