Structural Engineering2023-08-25T16:01:39+00:00

Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering for Kent & London

Here at Adkins Consultants, we carry out a wide range of structural engineering services, working with architects, construction teams, and other industry professionals to provide you with the most cost effective and innovative designs to meet all your needs. Whether you have a residential, commercial, or industrial project, our team of professional engineers has a wealth of experience of bringing projects of every size to life.

Our Structural Engineering Services covers a wide range of areas

We provide the full range of structural engineering consultancy services from due diligence studies for land acquisition through to full design of all phases of a development project. We work in all the major sectors of the construction industry ranging from new building construction to refurbishment.

We can assist with a single beam, a building extension right up to a multi storey building. Loft conversions, extensions, temporary works, retaining walls and drainage.

Our structural engineering needs to comply with the building regulations, and we produce the relevant details to enable compliance.

Sometimes, building regulation compliance is required retrospectively and we are also able to assist with that. Retrospective compliance is something that we are often called upon to undertake.

On smaller projects as well as the structural design we will be able to help with building regulation compliance in all aspects.
We will help with advice on simple planning applications, prior approval and permitted development.

We can help Freeholders and lessees with licences to alter.

Sometimes we prepare reports in support of planning applications from simple class Q conversions to more complicated buildings.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

We have adopted BIM as a company-wide policy from the initial concept stage through to project completion, utilising the latest in industry software.

All BIM information related to a project is fully integrated and managed across the design team in the 3D environment utilising BIM level 2 as a minimum standard.

Our policy is implemented on a project specific basis to provide a tailor-made service for each individual client. We are committed to ensuring coordination of BIM information across the design team and can provide this service in addition to our initial appointment.

The fully coordinated model identifies real time construction issues during the initial design stage that can be addressed and overcome to save time and cost further into a project. The 3D environment allows for clash detection across disciplines at a very early stage ensuring clean, easy installation of structural elements, services and fit out with the prior knowledge and confidence that the project will come together problem free, eradicating site modifications and construction issues.

Well organised BIM coordination will identify constructability issues throughout the pre-construction stage – fix errors in design, avoid loops of clashes and coordinate perfectly the structural and architectural design. It allows system installation with zero conflict minimising the usual site installation issues. In addition, a BIM model will also save time and material/labour costs for better trade coordination and workflow.

Project visualisation is a simple schedule simulation that can be used to show the owner what the building will look like as construction progresses. Contractors can also use project visualisation to understand how the building will come together.

Structural Auditing

Adkins Consultants has a team of experts that undertakes structural surveys and audits, to benchmark against both your selected and industry standards, highlight any deficiencies and ensure you have the information you need to enable you to comply with your required protocols.

Structural Engineering audits and inspections are an essential part of both ongoing operations and new projects. Our team of experienced auditing engineers work with organisations across all sectors, to ensure their buildings and structures are structurally safe. Where we identify defects or potential problems, our bespoke software means our report, with photographic evidence, and practical guidance for remedial action, can be in our client’s hand on the same day. It is about preventative maintenance and swift solutions, before a potential catastrophic and costly failure can take place.

We have a team of experts that undertake:

  • structural surveys and audits
  • benchmark against both client selected and industry standards
  • highlight any deficiencies
  • ensure that you have the information you need to enable you to comply with your required protocols

If you are planning to refurbish a building and you already have some knowledge and experience of the construction industry, you will find that our building fabric surveys will meet all of your needs. Our building surveyors will give you the guidance you need on the main structural components of your building, including roofs, external and internal walls, floors, and roof voids.

Frequently Asked Questions about Structural Engineering

In order to provide you with an unbeatable experience, all our projects are expertly managed by the directors of our practice, combining expert practical skills with accredited quality. From your initial call or email to the completion of your project, our team of structural engineers will work closely with you, keeping you constantly updated with progress.

As well as our high-quality designs standards, you can rest assured that you will receive excellent customer service throughout your project, and a dedicated and passionate team you can rely on.

What is a structural engineer?2023-02-04T12:35:30+00:00

A structural engineer is an engineer who specialises in the structure of buildings. They determine the strength and durability of a structure – i.e. a building, bridge etc. – and are a key professional in the construction process. A structural engineer assesses a building’s safety. If you are considering building and renovation projects, for example a loft conversion or the removal of a wall, they can provide specifications and calculations for the design, as well as suggesting building materials.

Why should I use a structural engineer?2023-02-04T12:36:12+00:00

A structural engineer can offer expert advice on building and construction work for residential and commercial projects. Essentially, any project that alters the structure of the building or requires building control approval will require the expertise of a structural engineer.

What is the difference between a structural engineer and a chartered surveyor?2023-02-04T12:36:49+00:00

The term chartered surveyor applies to a varied profession that can generally be summed up as advising on landed property. This can include people who have specialisms in everything from valuing domestic or commercial property, advising on large scale construction projects, evaluating the environmental impact of property development, assessing the physical state of land or property, and a myriad of other specialist areas in between.

As a chartered surveyor you must be a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which includes passing their stringent qualifications, signing up to their code of professional ethics and undertaking thorough continuing professional development.

A structural Engineer specifically looks at the structure and will assess that.

Why Do you need a structural engineer?2023-02-04T12:37:09+00:00

A structural engineer specialises in the structure of buildings, determining a project’s strength, durability, and safety. A structural engineer will tell you what steel beams need to be in place, where to put them, whether your structural glass has the strength for your home and advise on the foundations of your project. Structural engineering is so important to so many areas of your home. Structural engineers will often work alongside your architect and contractor, to make sure your home is as safe as it can possibly be.

A structural engineer will be required for the following jobs:

  • Building an extension
  • Converting a loft
  • Removing / modifying internal walls, especially load bearing walls
  • Fitting solar panels
  • Underpinning walls
  • Modifying / adding doors and windows
  • Removing a chimney breast
  • Anything that involves building regulations!
What qualifications should a good structural engineer hold?2023-02-04T12:37:49+00:00

A structural engineer will hold a degree or post graduate award in structural engineering, architectural engineering or civil and structural engineering.

A structural engineer, might hold further accreditations or be a member of a Professional Body:

IEng: Incorporated engineer (IEng) are professional engineers who maintain, manage and apply current and developing technology.

MCABE – Chartered Membership (MCABE) recognises an individual’s professional competence as a fully qualified Building Engineer, which is demonstrated through a mix of academic qualifications and practical experience.

CbuildE – Chartered Association of Building Engineers

Are you insured?2023-02-04T12:38:24+00:00

All Adkins Consultant’s engineers are covered by the necessary Public Liability and Employers Liability Insurance.

Can you meet my schedule?2023-02-04T12:38:21+00:00

We would be pleased to discuss any project with you and create a project plan that meets your schedule where possible.

Can I get a project estimate?2023-02-04T12:39:38+00:00

Adkins Consultants would be happy to discuss plans with you, give advice and get as much information as we can to provide you with the most accurate and best price possible.

How Much does an inspection cost?2023-02-04T12:39:36+00:00

An initial site visit starts at £350+ VAT. There may be an increase in charge depending on the location, but all fees will be discussed and agreed before any work is undertaken.

What can I/my company do to keep a project on track or within budget?2023-02-04T12:39:34+00:00

There are several tools you can use to keep your project on track:

  • Use spreadsheets and lists, and track as much information as you can
  • Set clear deadlines
  • Hold regular project update meetings
  • Organise materials far in advance to avoid delays
  • Always build a contingency into your budget and timeline to allow for any unexpected issue.
What new rules or regulations are going to affect my project?2023-02-04T12:39:33+00:00

Building regulations are updated continually to allow for best practice and different regulations affect different projects. You will need Building Control to check any building work you do but a good structural engineer will also be able to offer advice. At Adkins Consultants we would be happy to guide you through the process.

Why do you think you’re the right firm for this project?2023-02-04T12:39:30+00:00

Adkins Consultants engineers are qualified and experienced, but there is no standard approach. Each project is unique, and we will work with you to bring your ideas to life to an excellent standard.

Have you done similar projects to mine?2023-02-04T12:41:16+00:00

Absolutely. We have done a range of projects from residential to commercial. While every project is different, we would be glad to find a relevant case study to help you visualise the work you intend to do.

Can we save this building?2023-02-04T12:41:42+00:00

One of our Engineers would be pleased to come and view the building. We will offer our sound structural advice and offer any practices we can to save the building. If this is not possible, we can recommend a course of action to remove and rebuild safely.

I have heard about this new (material, approach, etc). Can we do that on our project?2023-02-04T12:41:58+00:00

All our engineers are following the latest trends in structural engineering and if it can be done safely and works with your project, we would be glad to try an alternative approach.

Do you prefer to work on design/build or design/bid/build projects? Why?2023-02-04T12:42:14+00:00

Adkins Consultants like all projects. We enjoy bringing your ideas to life, whether that’s providing calculations for the removal of a wall or project managing a self-build home from start to finish.

Once the design is complete, will you still be involved in the project?2023-02-04T12:42:44+00:00

We can be involved in the project as much as you need. This might be an initial site visit or complete project management.

Does the structural engineer have familiarity with your proposed project delivery method – Design and Build or Design-Build?2023-02-04T12:42:56+00:00

Adkins Consultants engineers have worked on a variety of projects.

Does the structural engineer use REVIT® or another BIM software package to complete the construction documents?2023-02-04T12:43:08+00:00

At Adkins Consultants we have invested in the very latest software.

What type of service will you get after the construction documents are completed?2023-02-04T12:43:33+00:00

Just because the construction documents are completed, does not mean you can’t stay in touch. If you need information, advice or additional work done, we will be happy to help.

What Are Your Specialities?2023-02-04T12:43:41+00:00

Adkins Consultants employ a strong and experienced team of structural engineers, with expertise in a range of fields including design, flood defence, expert witness work and project management.

Does the structural engineer have the staff on hand to complete the project by the deadline?2023-02-04T12:43:58+00:00

Adkins Consultants has a team of engineers who would be happy to help you complete your project. Please call the office and we will be able to discuss your requirements and create a proposal that works to your budget and timeline, where possible.

What statutory consents do I need?2023-02-04T12:44:16+00:00

It depends on the type of work you are doing and the type of building you are doing it to.

If you are working on a listed building for example, you will need to apply for listed building consent if either of the following cases apply:

  • You want to demolish a listed building
  • You want to alter or extend a listed building in a manner which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest.

You may also need listed building consent for any works to separate buildings within the grounds of a listed building. Check the position carefully with the council, it is a criminal offence to carry out work which needs listed building consent without obtaining it beforehand.

Building regulations will need to be met on any project type and Adkins Consultants can guide you through the process.

Does the party wall act apply to these works?2023-02-04T12:45:09+00:00

The party wall act applies to all work taking place along the party wall. There is a party wall process (hyperlink to relevant page on the website) that needs to be followed and we have lots of resources for you to read on this site or please call us on 01622 236500 for free advice.

How do CDM regulations impact on this project?2023-02-04T12:45:05+00:00

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance. All reputable construction and structural engineers should follow this practice.

Will a build over agreement be needed?2023-02-04T12:45:43+00:00

A Build Over Agreement is required where building work is to take place close to (within 3 metres of) or over the route of an existing public sewer or drain.

A Build Over Agreement gives the Water Company assurance that the work to be carried out will not negatively affect the sewer below and it also ensures that the Water Company will still have sufficient access to the sewer so it can be repaired and maintained. If you are planning on building close to or over a public sewer you should contact the Water Company prior to the work being carried out to ascertain their requirements.

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