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Importance of a Good Structural Engineering Design

Posted on January 13, 2018 by Amy

The importance of a good structural engineer as the design can reduce the build cost
Structural design is the systematical analysis of the integrity, strength, and rigidness of a structure The fundamental aim of this investigation is to create structures that have the ability to withstand the varying amount of loads for the period of time which it is intended to serve its purpose and lifespan. The major reason for erecting a structure is to transmit or support loads. A structure that is poorly produced or designed will definitely fail to perform what it was created for, and this could lead to a very dangerous consequences.

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In our contemporary world, there is high competition in the construction industry, and this brings issues about competency among several construction companies available today and ways to identify a good structural engineer. These are some valid points to note before hiring a structural engineer.

Firstly, the engineer should have a qualification as a chartered engineer or must be recognized as a part of the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStuctE) or Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) with substantial years of experience in that field. The structural engineer should be capable of creating designs and also providing a comprehensive list of the structural calculations so that it can meet the standard for approval by the Building Regulations.

A well-engineered structure greatly minimizes the possibility of costly failures. At this juncture, the need for a good structural engineer comes in to prevent construction woes before or after the building construction. Building your dream home or office could turn into a complex process and might not run smoothly as planned when you employ the service of an unqualified structural engineer. A proper structural survey should undertake a thorough research and planning before execution. However, a building survey entails more than just planning and researching it involves an elaborate analysis of the site, foundation, and a lot more. The surveyor also helps to tell the actual price and cost of items needed during the construction process and composition of the materials to produce a good structure that can stand the test of time be it a modern or historic structure. In a case where the said structure is not built from scratch, or the owner wants a basement extension to get more space in his home, the service of a structural engineer extension is employed to construct a basement extension for this purpose.

A knowledgeable structural engineer is one who knows how to do his calculations right, making complex projects look easier to construct and build within a stipulated timeframe without glitches. Whenever the service of a competent structural engineer is employed, cost of construction is greatly reduced because the engineer knows the accurate amount of materials required to use in the right proportion. This will eventually reduce the cost of building to a great extent.

Are you looking for structural engineering services to meet your construction needs? Contact us today to discuss with our team of seasoned and experienced structural engineers to work things out.

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Meet our Structural Engineers

Posted on January 13, 2018 by Amy

Meet our structural engineers. Come to our offices and discuss your project with as much free coffee and biscuits as you like, we have a nice meeting room available.

Are you in a dire need to construct a new building, basement, extension, loft conversions, party wall monitoring, and as well as renovations of old structures? But you are literarily confused about the next step to take, it is always imperative you seek an expert advice to put you through, you need not worry, however seeking expert advice is the most considerate thing to do. Construction does not seem simple and easy as people speculate, mostly by individuals who have little or no knowledge of the construction industry.
Construction can be very an expensive and challenging process even though it is a nice investment to venture in. Without receiving expert advice from a knowledgeable structural engineer your construction may end up in complete failure. It is of great importance to notify a construction company of the project on time about 6 weeks before the commencement of the project. This will allow the construction company take the necessary structural calculations or structural survey costs to ascertain the money required. So that they can be enough time for the team to design, plan and also to get materials needed on ground before the show time.
At Structural Engineering Services we have an A list of structural engineer, structural surveyor, Structural engineer architect with over 20 years of experience we have been working with who are focused and committed to giving you the best you ever imagine. Based in Staines you can walk up to our office to discuss further your construction project with us without paying. Yes, you heard me free of charge.
Outlined below are the reasons why you should contact us before embarking on your project.
Qualification and experience: We employ services of engineers that are accredited and belong to a professional body. Our seasoned engineers have handled a lot of projects with 100% success rate.
Constituent alignment: Most successful construction projects do not come too easy it requires effort, time, resource and expertise. However, the size of the project does not matter be it a new building, basement, extension, swimming pool the client, architects, and contractor are key players to ensure the defined project strategy meets the required outcome.
Pitfall avoidance: Every construction project has a set goals and objectives that need to be achieved. Even during the course of the construction project we still get in touch with our client to make sure we are in shape and getting it all done as discussed. This is done to prevent construction problems during or after the project.
Proper timing and budget management: We ensure we meet deadlines as agreed. Budget is critical in every construction project all expense made are well documented for transparency.
These are some of the cogent reasons why you should visit our office. This will allow smooth transition during the course of the project. Don’t hesitate anymore contact us by email or phone to book an appointment.

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Create More Space with a Loft Conversion in London

Posted on August 8, 2017 by Admin

How to Create More Space with a Loft Conversion in London where Properties are Expensive

In a family, members learn and adjust to live together and share rooms with each other if the house is small. This continues until we finally grow up and the want for a separate room becomes a need. Such are the times when most families think about shifting to a new house if the old one is short of space. So, you are in need of a new room, aren’t you? Unlike all those people who have already bought and move to a new place, you might not have to go through all the trouble to get the needful.

Loft conversion is your answer. The old empty attic you had been using to store the waste, can be transformed into a functional rooms in the ways you can’t imagine. What further makes this enticing is that planning permissions are not requisite in most cases, especially if you don’t intend to extend the room’s area. If the following conditions are being met, a planning permission is not required.

  • A volume allowance of 40 cubic meters additional roof space for terraced houses
  • A volume allowance of 50 cubic meters additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses
  • No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
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Structural engineering for loft conversion

Is this a fair deal?

A momentous factor while analysing the viability of loft conversion over shifting is cost. Is it really cost-effective to reconstruct, at least internally, an entire room on the rooftop than getting yourself a new furnished house with the capacity you’re just looking for? Well, yes! It is. It’s no secret that property value in UK has risen exponentially in the last decade and the average house price currently is around GBP 304,105. In London this is substantially more. On the contrary, the cost of loft conversion including all surplus charges involved doesn’t exceed GBP 20,000 for a fully renovated single-suite and ranges from GBP 35,000 to GBP 60,000 for a double-suite. This conspicuously speaks in the favour of loft conversion as they are more cost effective and doesn’t require you to abandon or sell you long-loved house.

Contact us to discuss your requirements and to get your project underway


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Why You need a Structural Engineer

Posted on August 8, 2017 by Admin

Why You need a Structural Engineer?

Are you planning to get rid of one of those unwanted walls in your house? Well, halt for a second and reconsider if your deliberation is pre-equipped. To remove or shift a wall during home renovation is not uncommon, nevertheless it’s utterly critical to involve a structural engineer for a sound analysis of the modification. This is because structural stability and overall integrity of a frame all depends on its buttresses, supports and altering – let alone removing – may cause the entire building or structure to collapse.

So here’s how a structural engineer proceeds with his analysis. You’ll also discover during the course of this article how important it is to keep a structural engineer into the loop while getting your house renovated.

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Structural Engineering Design

Preliminary Inspection: The first and the foremost step in any case, whatsoever, is to examine and visually inspect the place for defects and structural discrepancies. This is done by giving the third degree to the existing design, and cracks or fissures in walls or beams. The engineer than takes a note of all shortcomings and takes them into account while performing technical calculations.

Design: This is considerably the most significant step in the process. Not only does it involve the structural conditions and integrity, but it also incorporates the customer’s essential need of adding charm to the elements of the building. This is done in close correlation with architects who are better at designing and constructive utilization of space than engineers. Once that’s done, the compliance of health and safety regulations is ensured and the design is sent for approval.

Computational Analysis and Planning: The designing process is followed by a detailed computational analysis of the project. The material to be used, structural stresses and loading conditions are tested via simulation on several relevant software. Once that is done, the engineer proceeds to planning – transferring the design from paper to ground. This may include shifting of a few walls, removal of pedestals and alteration of many structural elements.

We’re sure you will contact a structural engineer, the next time you’ll think about getting your house renovated. Contact us to discuss your thoughts and requirements.

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Structural Home Renovations

Posted on August 5, 2017 by Admin

Structural Home Renovations

Every year, thousands of London home owners undertake successful home renovation/extension projects. Some are even motivated by the need for an extension, or save on moving costs. Others just want to renovate their older homes to meet up with the latest trend in home construction. And in some cases, homeowners decide to renovate in order to boost their property’s value ahead of a sale. For investors, renovating or extension may be an opportunity to improve the value of their asset and make more profit on sale, or it may mean being able to receive a higher rent.

If you are thinking of basement excavation or design or conversion, loft conversion, extension, home renovation and wall removal, you need to be sure that it is stable and safe. To carry out this structural home renovation, you will need to consult with a structural engineer.

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What You Need to Know about Structural Engineers and Home renovation or Extension

A structural engineer is crucial for any home renovation project. This is due to the important role they play. Structural engineers ensure that the home renovation or extension is structurally sound and this is done by designing all the structural elements to be stable and sound, such as load bearing walls, foundations, footings and beams. Also, they will first supervise the actual building before the renovation or extension in order to be certain that any necessary corrections are carried out and also to ensure that the building is done to standard. They can order work to be re-done or fixed if there is a need for that. Structural engineers will work on something as simple as a garage, basement conversion, right through to a large second storey addition or even more complicated home renovation.

Generally, the structural engineer will work hand in hand with other professionals like your architect and other engineers, particularly during the design phase. You can hire the structural engineer on your own, but if your home renovation or extension is being done by a company that specializes in home renovation, they will definitely have a structural engineer, or arrange for a structural engineer themselves.

Structural Home Renovation Protects the Homeowner

One of the major reasons why building codes have been written is to protect homeowners from substandard structural work. This is because badly done structural home renovation (and new construction) puts the homeowner’s life and possession at risk. This implies that badly done structural home renovation can easily collapse, cause great injury to people in the home and also damage their house & possessions.

On the other side, when structural home renovation is done well, it can actually improve a house. These improvements may include a more open and spacious interior; a more useable floor plan; brighter and more visually appealing interiors and exterior spaces; a more unified; more living space and coherent appearance and greatly improved functionality.

Through our unmatched structural home renovation, many of our London home renovation clients have actually improved their homes and their lives. Please take a look at our portfolio most of the photos that you see on display involved structural home renovation.

Contact us for your structural home renovation and all your structural engineering services in and around London.




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Loft Conversion Dormer Window Construction

Posted on April 15, 2017 by Admin

This London property is undergoing a loft conversion extension. The roof conversion is to have a dormer window to the rear. The floor joists have been upgraded and RSJ ridge beams installed.

Structural Roof Conversion Design

Contact us to discuss your loft conversion ideas for advice and get your project underway. We offer a complete drawing and design service.

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Strengthening Timber Floor

Posted on February 4, 2016 by Amy

These timber floors have been strengthened because of reconfiguring the interior walls. We reinforced these timber floors by doubling the joists and bolting them together followed by installing insulation ready for the redesign of the upstairs of this London property.

Structural Engineering Floor Design

Request a free quote today and we can discuss options such as reinforcing timber floors for your property.

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New Build Basement Under Construction

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Admin

At Structural Engineering Services we specialise in all aspect of structural design, including, retrofit basements, new build basements, loft conversions, extensions, house refurbishments etc. So please contact us for all your structural engineering services in and around the London area.

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Basement Swimming Pool and Gym Complex Under Construction

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Admin

The basement swimming pool is well under construction. The basement is not only under the house but under the garden too and has a block and beam roof that will have a patio and garden on it. The rear of the house has been underpinned as has the area under the property. Contact us for all your structural engineering needs and we will provide you with a free quotation.

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Basement Swimming Pool Construction

Posted on January 24, 2016 by Admin

The house is literally suspended in mid air as this huge basement is constructed underneath it. We have vast experience in basement structural engineering, so please contact us for advice and costings.


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