Frequently asked questions regarding the services of a structural engineer

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What are the services of a structural engineer?

A building or construction, in many ways, is comparable with the human body – structural engineers are consultants who are involved with every aspect that has to do with the ‘skeleton’ of a building. The services of a structural engineer can vary depending on the project, but they will all involve a building’s frame.

Therefore, we are tasked with ensuring that the structure and foundation of a building are strong and robust enough to support any forces applied to it.

When suggesting a change or repair, we consider the most practical, straightforward and cost-effective solution for each client.

Since no building is created equal, we put in a great deal of thought and careful understanding into how each project is to be approached.

When do I need the services of a structural engineer?

If you need to modify the structure of a building in any shape or form whatsoever, then you require the services of a structural engineer.  Attempting to do so yourself could prove to be potentially risky, even dangerous. This is especially true if you are making modifications to load-bearing walls or removing chimney breasts – because, in both cases, accurate beam calculations must be made so that works can be carried out safely.

In addition, whenever a new build is required, you’ll need to hire the services of a structural engineer. Similarly, other instances where a structural engineer may be required is when you’re adding extensions, particularly when you need to open up an existing external wall to make way for new space. The same philosophy applies to completing structural elements like floors, roofs or foundations.

Will a structural engineer always need to visit my property?

This varies – if you already have architectural plans in place, our structural engineer can use those. But if you don’t have them, then a site visit becomes necessary because our team will need to assess the structural changes required and come up with a design accordingly.

What happens once the structural calculations have been completed?

Simple – you and your architect or builder will present the structural calculations to the designated Building Control Authorities for approval.

What costs are associated with hiring a structural engineer?

While it’s difficult to provide a preset quote, we’ll detail all costs in your quote before work begins. Your payment only becomes due after the structural calculations have been made. And just so you know, we accept cash, BACS transfer and payments over the telephone via your chosen debit/credit card.

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