12 Oct Structural engineering solutions for school building
Simplify Engineering was instructed to provide structural engineering solutions for the scheme of a new school building. The major challenge in this project was the foundation. There were large sections of backfill and made ground overlaying sandy clay. This presented a less-than-ideal ground type for the build. Another critical aspect was keeping the budget under control.
To that end, Simplify Engineering provided structural engineering solutions that significantly reduced the construction cost. This solution is comprised of an engineered foundation consisting of a flat slab. This was then placed on a series of mass concrete trench-fills. The only reinforcement used was A393 mesh. This solution minimised the time allocated for the construction of this new school building. And it also offered a good value for money alternative to a piled foundation option. That would have rested outside of their budget constraints.
Both the client and the architect were satisfied with the outcome. They commented on their delight with the plans in terms of quality of output and timely manner for design delivery.