Structural Engineers are specialists in the design, construction, repair, conversion and extension of buildings and other structures both large and small. They are concerned with the foundations, walls, columns, beams and roof members that form a building’s structure and ensure its stability.
Structural Engineers are involved in the design and construction of small buildings like schools, houses and shop units as well as major projects such as bridges, office blocks, factories, sports stadiums and hospitals.
When the stability of any property is affected by subsidence, fire, flooding or explosion, it is the Structural Engineer who will be able to determine the degree of damage and suggest the necessary remedial action.
A qualified engineer is a Chartered Engineer A Chartered Structural Engineer must have a Degree in Engineering, a minimum of 4 years design experience and pass a challenging 7 hour exam. Training does not stop there. The Institution insists on a minimum of 5 days Professional development every year. The training is comparable to architects, accountants, and solicitors.
Buildings are expensive complex and they are all bespoke. Buildings must be designed and built correctly first time. This is only possible by employing experienced staff. Croft Structural + Civil Engineers has experience in a variety of different building techniques and approaches. This provides us with a sound base to look at how to develop new projects and refurbish old. Tailored design approaches can be used to reduce costs and eliminate errors.
Structure accounts for up to 30-40% of building costs, with the rest being, services and fit-out. It is vital that the correct structure is chose to suit the project, its location, final use, etc. The structure will form the base that all other trades sit on, mistakes will cause problems defects throughout the life of the building. Our Chartered Engineers will ensure the structure used is appropriate.