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Our chartered structural and civil engineers offer a full range of professional services which deliver neat and easily-buildable solutions. We offer a speedy service and work for many different types of customers, so click on the images below, or use the side menu, to find out more.
Involving us at an early stage of your project can save you money. Whether you want a new building, and extension, a gym in the attic or even a swimming pool in the basement, we can reduce your costs by designing out hidden problems.Learn More
We work with building owners and developers, local authorities and contractors on new-build, extension and refurbishment projects. Our work covers commercial, industrial, retail and leisure buildings, plus schools and hospitals.Learn More
Whether working directly for fabricators and contractors, or as part of an architect and local authority team, we provide designs for specialist structures including timber bridges, steel and aluminium canopy frames, shelters and handrailing systems.Learn More
Preparing design calculations and drawings for Building Regulation submissions forms the major part of our work but we also advise on party wall issues, check local authority calculations, complete structural engineering inspection reports and carry out geo-environmental and site investigations.Learn More
As structural and civil engineers we are an essential part of the construction process of any new or refurbished building or structure. Working from the architect’s drawings or our own site measurements, we design the structures and site-specific foundations needed to carry the superimposed loadings .
Our design calculations and drawings enable surveyors to estimate construction costs and are used by builders and contractors during the construction process. We work with both home owners and commercial property professionals, providing Structural Engineering Reports, Party Wall assessments and conducting site investigations. We pride ourselves on collaborating with all members of the construction team to produce cost-effective and easily buildable solutions. Our software design packages produce calculations to both British Standards and Eurocodes. Our AutoCAD or hand drawings are suitable for submission to Local Authorities for Building Regulations approval.
We work right across the UK, either from drawings or from site visits as required.
We also work directly for fabricators and contractors (see ‘Specialist Structures’).
Our team includes both chartered engineers and MEng graduates working towards chartered status under the direction of a chartered engineer. Being chartered ensures that we adhere to the stringent professional standards laid down by either the Institution of Civil Engineers or the Institution of Structural Engineers and work in a manner that benefits our clients. Our work is fully covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance. We have considerable experience in all aspects of structural engineering design and civil engineering projects and can ensure that there is always someone available to answer your technical queries or visit your site. We can save you both time and money by using our experience to compare alternative solutions to identify the most cost-effective one for your project.
Since being established by Richard Rhodes in 1992, we have continued to grow and earn a well-founded reputation for our professional expertise and friendly, personal service. Now owned by Nick Ribbeck, Penny Ribbeck and Peter Graham, our company continues to expand and includes a team of chartered engineers, graduate engineers and support staff, working from our offices in Compstall, Greater Manchester. We work on both small domestic and large commercial projects, and our client list includes:
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Peter was the first engineer to join Rhodes & Partners in 1993. After graduating from London’s City University in London he worked for various consultancies and led civil and structural design teams on projects in the UK, Middle East and Kenya. He has also worked as an expert witness and a planning supervisor and has been involved with professional examination bodies as a part-time lecturer and an examiner for IStructE. Peter became our Technical Director in 2011, with particular responsibility for canopy designs, structural engineering reports and the development of our graduate engineers.
Having worked in the automotive industry both in the UK and Trinidad. Nick gained an MBA from Cranfield Business School and worked in the field of interim management. As a member of the Institute for Turnaround he also helped small and medium enterprises maximise their profitability. Becoming the Managing Director of Rhodes and Partners in 2011, Nick’s role now encompasses many different areas, but these do not include engineering!
Jenny joined us in 2015 from a large Manchester-based practice, where she was closely involved with many major projects. Her impressive CV includes time spent at Newcastle University, and the Building Research Establishment, where she studied for her doctorate on wind-loading of conic shaped roofs. Her love of traveling has also taken her to Ghana to undertake voluntary development work.
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George began his civil and structural engineering career at Leeds University before moving to Manchester. Here he worked on both new and refurbishment projects covering schools, industrial, commercial and residential buildings. As a FIStructE engineer, his long involvement with the Chartered Membership Examination earned him a role as a chief marking examiner and a member of an examiner training panel. George joined Rhodes & Partners in 2012 and has a special interest in geo-environmental investigations and desk-top studies.
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A graduate with a 1st class honours degree and a number of awards to her credit, Sheila has gained extensive construction industry experience, working as a resident engineer, contract supervisor, design engineer, senior lecturer and a project leader. Her range of projects include commercial, industrial, religious and historic buildings, sports stadia, hospitals and care homes, mansion houses and mill conversions. Having joined us in 1998 she continues to work on a broad spectrum of projects, and her post-graduate degree in Architectural History gives her a special interest in sympathetic structural conservation.
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Having gained an engineering degree from Leeds University, Al originally worked with computer-aided design in the construction industry, before progressing into system development, project management and sales roles in the mainstream IT industry. Moving to Spain he then founded a luxury villa construction company. Since joining Rhodes & Partners in 2007, he has created and developed our IT and marketing strategies, as well as our expert Party Wall Surveying services.
Antony gained an MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester. Joining us in 2014 he added considerable design and drawing experience to the team and he has used his AutoCAD experience to help standardise our working methods. Having recently completed an IstructE Part 3 preparation course, he now manages jobs from quotation through to completion and is looking to achieve Chartered Engineer status in the very near future.
Joining us in 2015, Alison added not only her first-class administrative and communication skills to the business, but used her proven marketing and social media expertise to raise our profile as a business. As an honours graduate from Lancaster University and with further qualifications in PA Secretarial Studies, Alison ensures that we are both organised (in the nicest possible way!) and efficient and she has introduced many improvements to our business.
Dan joined us after graduating from the University of Salford in 2013 with a MEng in Civil Engineering. He has since extended his CAD and Masterseries skills by becoming the recognized expert on our drainage software and using it to great effect on a number of projects. His ability to grasp concepts and relay them to others has allowed him to present some of our monthly in-house Professional Development seminars.
After moving from Latvia in 2011, Andrejs joined us in June 2015 as soon as he had gained his MEng in Civil Engineering from Salford. His IT skills, inquisitive mind and aptitude for learning are proving very valuable in extracting information from the more ‘grey-haired’ members of our team in the quickest possible time and we are regularly impressed by his ability to make jokes in his third language!
1 April 2018 - Congratulations to Jenny!
Dr Jenny Capp has been promoted to Director. Press release to follow.
25 August 2017 - Move day went well!
New address is :The Lodge, Compstall Mills Estate, Compstall, Stockport SK6 5HN
The same engineering and party wall services but from new and (50%) larger premises to give us more space to house our expanding team!
November 2017 - Congratulations Team!
25 November 2016 - Job no 20,000 reached!
That's 20,000 projects on which we have worked since 1992! From major commercial leisure education or healthcare constructions to single beams over enlarged openings.
As a member of Marple Business Forum we are keen supporters of our local community. We also support the local Wellspring and Barnabus charities which help the homeless. We use Fairtrade goods where possible, our water cooler supports AquaAid and our used stamps are collected to support the Leprosy mission. Even our toilet is twinned with one in Uganda through TEARfunds toilet twinning programme!
We are not currently recruiting but are always interested to hear from potential future team members.
If that is you, please send your CV and covering email to Alison Keaton, Office Manager at email@example.com.
No agencies please.