Domestic refurbishment and extension.


St. Margarets, Twickenham, TW1

Brief and Project Type

Domestic property conversion and extension. The scheme involved adding a single-story extension, converting the property by removing some internal load bearing walls and adding additional space with an open plan layout.


Concrete, masonry, steel, timber


Unagru – Dr Davide di Martino


Structures Made Easy Ltd. was approached by the architect to design both sub and super structures of the proposed project. The ground floor of the existing building was converted and extended to have an open plan layout. A ‘box frame’ steel structure and steel beams were installed under the load bearing walls of the house for support. Cranked beams were introduced to support the double hipped roof.


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Structural engineering is integral in the modern worlds’ built environment. The design and construction of buildings to the most relevant codes of practice by a suitably qualified engineer ensures compliance, functionality and ultimately safety for the end user.

This will depend on many design factors and parameters and there is definitely no one set answer. For example a solution to reduce beam weight might be done by choosing two lighter beams instead of one beam or by changing architectural layout and inserting a column somewhere along the span of the beam or by changing the structural layout of the beams, etc. The options can be endless so best to discuss specific requirement with the project engineer with open mind that each project is different and solutions can vary from project to another.
Cracks in walls, ceilings and floors are caused by several different reasons. Depending on the size, exact location and frequency of the cracks, the risks associated can vary substantially. Subsidence or movement of foundations can often cause cracking and structural damage to the building above. There are often a variety of causes for these movements and the investigation and remediation can vary based on the cause and associated risk.
Yes, we are qualified structural & civil engineers with UK experience.
No, we do not provide architectural design services, but we are happy to recommend an architectural firm suitable for your project if required.
Yes, each design is tailored to meet your project’s requirements, following a site inspection. We take into account relevant design codes, building regulations and CDM regulations.