Do I need a structural engineer for my home project?

If construction work is proposed in a project, involving altering the existing structure, adding significant loads or building a new structure, then you will need a structural engineer. If you are unsure whether the alterations are structural (such as whether a wall is load bearing or if removing a chimney has structural implications) then you will also need advice from a structural engineer.

Why do I need structural calculations for my project?

If construction work is proposed in a project, involving altering the existing structure, adding significant loads or building a new structure, then you will need structural calculations. These calculations and drawings will need to be produced by a qualified structural engineer in order to comply with building regulations and other statutory regulations. Not all projects require calculations, but it is recommended that you speak to an engineer to seek advice.

When would I need a Structural Engineer?

It is recommended to engage with a structural engineer as well as an architect at building control design stage, well ahead of construction. In other cases, particularly for new builds or basement conversions, a structural engineer might be required to carry out a feasibility study before submitting a planning application. The architect can also advise the client on when a structural engineer is required.

What are the next steps after I employ a structural engineer?

A site inspection will take place and a dialogue will be opened with the architect and the client to finalise the project brief. Upon delivery of the full design package and receipt of relevant statutory approvals construction can commence. Your structural engineer will provide support through to project completion.

Do I need an Architect?

If you are planning an extension, loft conversion, full internal remodelling or a new build then yes you will need an architect. Unless your project is limited to removal of one or few walls within your property then you may not need one.

How did my neighbours do it?

Each project is different. Whist neighbouring houses can appear the same, small variances can make a difference in how the design should be approached. We tailor each design to suit your preferences.

How do you find a structural engineer?

Since you have managed to find us then you are on the right path already! A structural engineer can be found through word of mouth or online search, business directories etc.  We can help you by starting to discuss your project and supply a quote if required.

What is a structural survey?

Structural surveys are undertaken in order to report on structural defects such as cracks in walls, damage caused by water or subsidence / movement of foundations etc. The initial report will usually be based on a visual inspection of the associated area of concern. If further intrusive investigations are required to identify the cause and condition of the defect/s, we will also advise on this.