RHODES & PARTNERS


Residential Property


  • We provide various services for residential properties, For example:


    For people moving house we offer Structural Engineering Reports on the property you are buying. This is a very wise investment and a small cost at this stage could save you money in the long run. 


    We can also save you money by designing out problems from your project at an early stage – no matter whether you’re extending, altering, removing a wall, or installing a swimming pool in the basement! 


    We can provide the design calculations and drawings you’ll need to submit for Building Regulations approval.


    We conduct site investigations to identify the existing soil and foundation conditions and can help if your builder discovers unexpected problems during construction. 


    We can act as a Party Wall Surveyor, and provide expert advice on the legal rights and responsibilities imposed by the Party Wall Act. 


Services

Design Drawings & Calculations for Building Regulations

The process of converting or extending your property can have many stages:

  • If your plans will alter your property’s external appearance, you’ll need to submit architectural plans showing the proposed changes and obtain planning permission from your local council.
  • Once planning permission is granted, your architect will submit more detailed drawings to the council for Building Regulations approval. These drawings will cover such issues as thermal insulation and structural stability. 
  • If you’re proposing to make structural alterations, you must also submit structural calculations and drawings for approval. We can prepare these for you, confirm that your proposed alterations are safe and ensure that you receive the Building Regulations approval you’ll need if you ever sell your property.
  • Some internal structural alterations do not require planning permission but do still require Building Regulations approval. 
  • Obtaining retrospective Building Regulations approval can be very expensive and disruptive, so it’s best use our expertise before work starts. 
  • Once work begins, a Building Control office will visit your site to check that the construction is consistent with your drawings (and, we hope, NOT like this house!)


Removing or altering a load bearing wall without those loads being properly supported is not only illegal but it can be dangerous and a recipe for disaster. Before planning to remove any walls it's best to consult a structural engineer.” Sarah Beeny 

We can help at every stage of this process, from initial discussion with your architect, and creating design calculations/drawings for submission, though to site visits to liaise with your builder during construction. 



Structural Engineering Reports

When moving house you may need a Structural Engineering Report on any property you buy or sell. Find out more about our SER service here.


Party Wall Advice

Building projects between adjacent neighbours can involve legal rights and responsibilities under the Party Wall etc Act. We can give Party Wall advice on all aspects of this issue,


Site Visits and Investigations

Working from accurate architectural drawings which identify all structural elements such as load bearing walls or floor spans, we can produce structural drawings and calculations without visiting your property. 
We work on the basis that your property is built on good strong ground (e.g. medium dense sand or firm clay). If this is not the case, we can conduct a site visit to investigate any ground or foundation issues, Holes dug at predetermined positions will allow us to inspect the foundations and determine if further investigation is needed.
We can then assess the ability of the ground conditions to support the proposed new load without excessive settlement. If required, we can design underpinning or special foundation solutions.
Working from accurate architectural drawings which identify all structural elements (eg load bearing walls floor spans etc) we can produce structural drawings and calculations without visiting your property. 
We work on the basis that your property is built on good strength ground (e.g. medium dense sand or firm clay). If this is not the case, we can conduct a site visit to investigate any ground or foundation issues. Trial holes dug at predetermined positions will allow us to inspect the foundations and determine if further investigation is needed.
We can then assess the ability of the ground conditions to support the proposed new loads without excessive settlement. If required, we can design underpinning or special foundation solutions.
We can also make site visits to inspect you builder’s work and award a Certificate of Structural Adequacy upon completion.



Applications

Knock Throughs, Extensions & New Build

Combining two rooms into one or converting your basement into usable living space can make a huge difference to your home. We’ll prepare the structural engineering drawings which you’ll need for both Building Regulations approval and also for your builder to work from. 


Accessibility Conversions & Swimming Pools

We can help with swimming pool or gymnasium projects by providing an initial structural analysis of your property. We also have experience of this type of conversion or extension project where clients with accessibility needs require a lift or hydrotherapy pool to be incorporated.


Underpinning, Basements & Drainage

Our Structural Engineering Reports may sometimes recommend further investigation into problems with subsidence, drainage or inadequate foundations. We can organise trial hole investigations and/or drainage surveys to clarify the problem, identify the most cost-effective underpinning or repair solution as well as prepare a schedule of conditions if needed. We can also inspect the work and provide a final Certificate of Structural Adequacy for your insurance or mortgage provider.


Retaining Walls & Drainage schemes

We can provide cost-effective retaining wall designs where domestic or commercial properties built on a slope are being developed. Our drainage scheme designs for this type of project can include flow volume assessments, pipe size and gradient specification and the design of storm flow attenuation measures. We can also accommodate any special landscaping features you require.  



Project Examples

  • The alterations to this house combined a rear extension with opening up the existing living area. The design of the supporting steelwork over the large span bifold doors is critical in order to limit the deflection.

  • Another bespoke rear single storey extension together with internal kitchen alterations required our structural design.

  • We were delighted to be the structural engineers working on this award winning new build house incorporating a new conservatory and terrace.

  • This extension required both Planning Permission and Building Regulations approval. Because the existing and new roof had raised ceilings there engineering design was more complicated in order to minimise roof spread.

  • These alterations only required Building Regulations approval. In order to open up 4 small rooms into one large kitchen/family room we designed 3 beams and a column to support the first floor structure above.

  • The work we did for this new build private leisure complex included a pool, gymnasium and games room as well as substantial modifications to the listed manor house itself to which underground access was required.

















































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