Based on our site visit or our receipt of your or your Architects drawings we will produce design calculations and drawings which you can submit for Local Authority Building Regulations approval. Our drawings and/or sketches will be suitable for construction use on site. We design to British Standards and Eurocodes and use a variety of 2d and 3d analysis software.
From single dwellings to large multi storey developments, we provide flood risk assessments, drainage design and detailed drawings for a wide range of projects using MasterDrain design software. Liaising with United Utilities helps us to determine allowable discharge rates and subsequently provide detailed calculations for storage/attenuation based on the site conditions.
We carry these out on residential, leisure, commercial and industrial properties either because a problem (subsidence, cracking etc ) has been identified or to assess present structural condition or for potential alterations. The process is outlined in more detail in the section below.
We can carry out site visits at the beginning of a project to investigate the ground conditions and/or the existing foundations through a trial pit investigation where a hole adjacent to the foundations is dug at predetermined positions. The foundations are visually inspected and sometime further excavation with a hand augur is required. During the construction phase of a project we can make planned visits to suit your architect or contractor and, if requested, we also make site visits to inspect the builders work in order to give a Certificate of Structural Adequacy.
All Building Regulations submissions received by local councils need to be checked to see that they comply with Building Regulations. Some councils commission other engineers to do the checking on their behalf and over the years Rhodes & Partners have been asked to do this on behalf of Halton Borough Council, East Cheshire Council, High Peak & Warrington Borough Council.
We provide cost-effective geo-environmental appraisals to investigate both geotechnical and contaminated land aspects of proposed development sites. These include the provision of Phase I (desktop study) and Phase II (site investigation) reports.
To comply with Safety at Sports legislation, we attend safety Committee meetings every 3 months and carry out an annual structural inspection at Select Security Stadium at Halton.
Structural inspections and reports on barns concentrate on the structural feasibility of converting them into residential accommodation. We investigate roof coverings, structural timbers & walls and may investigate foundations. Where necessary we bring in other specialists in this field.
We are regularly commissioned to report on the condition of a variety of non domestic properties including Care Homes (with a view to adding or removing walls), Town Halls and Churches with particular respect to the condition of the roof, disused and functioning Mills and Student accommodation. Our most recent mill inspection has been that of the condition of a derelict mill in Reddish.
Some of the other structures on which our expert opinion and recommendations have been sought are outside the scope of the above properties. We have advised on the condition and subsequent propping of an old tunnel to Mellor Mill, the condition of the Marple Churches Together Cross, the condition and loading capacity of rock salt hoppers and the condition of Buxton Pavilion roof and Buxton Town Hall roof to name a few.