Designing homes to live and extending them to grow into
Thinking of creating more space? We can provide calculations and structural drawings for your builder. Are you buying a house? We can undertake survey reports that are comprehensive and clear.
Has your property developed a defect? We can inspect and report on remediation required.
Costs for all work is agreed upfront and tailored to your budget.
Work is completed by a Chartered Structural Engineer.
For additional peace of mind Kirkwood Structures carries appropriate PI insurance.
Please find below some examples of projects and solutions and an FAQ on what a structural engineer is. Note examples are generally of work prior to the formation of Kirkwood Structures.
Solutions we've found
NOTTING HILL LOFT EXTENSION
Loft extensions are great ways to make more space within your existing footprint. We work with your architect to optimise the available height along with structural calculations as required for building control.
SURREY INTERNAL ALTERATIONS
After an extensive survey of this beautiful house (and equally lovely dog), there were internal alterations to fit an en-suite room and adjust an existing staircase. the load paths were complex but a sympathetic solution using timber posts and beams was provided with local strengthening in steel.
As part of a pre purchase report for a property it was found that this piece of 2" x 4" was ambitiously holding up the chimney. The bricks were suspended by the mortar alone. Gallows brackets were installed to correct this following the purchase.
REAR WALL PICTURE FRAME
A common request is for rear walls to be opened up for patio doors or glazing, usually the wall in question is key to the overall property stability consequently a "picture frame" of steelwork is added in to retain the stability.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER?
A Structural Engineer is trained to understand, predict, and calculate the stability, strength and rigidity of buildings and nonbuilding structures. Along with other designers they develop integrated safe designs and supervise construction of projects on site.
HOW QUALIFIED IS A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER?
A Chartered Structural Engineer would have undertaken 3-4 years of higher education such as a Masters degree, then approximately 5 years as a Graduate before appling to be a Chartered Structural Engineer through the Institution of Structural Engineers. This involves a lever arch folder of experience and an interview followed by a 7 hour exam.
HOW IS THAT DIFFERENT TO AN ARCHITECT OR AN ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN?
Architects are involved in the planning and designing of a building but the elements they design are more focused on the feel and the space rather than the structure. Architects have input into all the disciplines such as electrical, mechanical and environmental engineering but Structural Engineers then provide specialist and detailed information on the design, specification and detailing of the structure.
WHY DO I NEED A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER?
Aside from the peace of mind that the structure has been reviewed by an appropriate professional, works in the UK should be completed with notice to Building Control who review and sign off work against Building Regulations. Failure to obtain building regulations approval is usually an issue when selling, insuring or mortgaging your home.
DO I NEED BOTH AN ARCHITECT AND A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER?
If the works involve change to the structure then its very likely that you will either need a structural engineer or benefit from the appointment of one. The Institution of Structural Engineers has some very useful guidance - https://www.istructe.org/building-confidence
WHY CHOOSE KIRKWOOD STRUCTURES?
Headed up by an award winning founder and principal who uses modern methods of construction mixed with traditional detailing to bring together efficient designs. Kirkwood Structures will work with you on your project, respond to your budget and communicate clearly options and recommendations, this is a strong foundation to any project. Please don't hesitate to get in touch about your project for a quote.