Almost all but the simplest projects will require some level of structural engineering input. This might be to justify the beams used to support existing elements of the host dwelling where openings are formed. In the case of loft conversions, the original triangulation often needs to be removed. When this happens, there will be numerous beams required to support the new floor and the existing roof.

Scaffolding surrounds a large 2 storey side and rear extension in the process of being built.
A architect drawing of a proposed ground floor plan.

Keith Chandler is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers. He has the skills, experience and the qualifications to carry out the structural design. He can also provide the justifying calculations for Building Control. This has two major advantages for your project;

  1. Firstly, you don’t have to appoint a separate engineer to work from the architectural plans. When Keith provides a structural design, he is already thinking about the beam configuration from the start. This combined service is more economical than two individual appointments, so equates to a significant cost saving.

  2. Secondly, it avoids the problems that can often arise from two separate appointments. It can cause problems when the structural engineer comes into the process further down the line. All too frequently the engineer will question the architectural design or suggest changes to make the construction more manageable. This is often frustrating for the customer who must then change their expectations. With our combined service this won’t ever happen.

Structural Engineering in Chichester

If you require a structural engineer, planning advice or architectural design services, then we’d love to hear from you. We are based in Chichester, but we offer our services throughout West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and parts of South London. Not only can we design your perfect house extension, but we can help with all the permission and compliance components. Call us today on 07764 578781 or send us a message.

A architect drawing ofbeams running through a property.