What is a structural engineer?
A structural engineer will often act as a consultant to other professionals such as an architect or building contractor. They are responsible for defining loads, determining the structural system, calculating stresses and specifying which materials to use. Structural engineers work with a palette of materials including steel, concrete, masonry, timber and glass.
Do I need a structural engineer?
You may need a structural engineer when carrying out changes to your home such as a renovation, extension or anything that could affect the stability of your property. A structural engineer works with your architect and building contractor by offering information essential to the renovation process, including structural drawings, calculations, and specifications.
This information may also be necessary when gaining planning permission, listed building consent and complying with building control regulations.
What does a structural survey cost?
The structural survey cost and indeed whether you need a structural engineer will be dependent on the project that you have planned. A structural survey cost can depend on a variety of factors including the size, type, and location of the property and also the size of the project.
They are often required for solar panel installation, beam calculations for extensions, loft conversions, door and window modification, internal wall modification, underpinning, and chimney removal.
Essentially, any project that alters the structure of the building or requires building control approval will require the expertise of a structural engineer.
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