Why Appoint an Engineer?
Who Are Structural Engineers & What Do They Do?
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.
They 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 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.
How will a Chartered Structural Engineer Improve the Works?
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.
Structure accounts for up to 30% of the building costs, with the rest being split between Land costs, legal fees, services and fit-out. It is therefore 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.
Croft Structural 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.
At Croft Structural Engineers we provide the following services:
- Surveying land and buildings including monitoring cracks.
- Inspecting and reporting on the condition of a structure.
- Designing extensions and alterations to existing structure.
- Proposing remedial works such as underpinning or strengthening.
- Preparing alternative solutions and providing cost advice.
- Selecting and specifying materials.
- Preparing drawings and calculations.
- Obtaining tenders and Building’s Regulations’ consent.
- Administering a contract for construction or repairs.
- Advising on structural matters in legal cases and disputes.