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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 or games room 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 care homes, theatres, 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 Jenny Capp and Dave Armstrong, 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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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 travelling has also taken her to Ghana to undertake voluntary development work.
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Peter was the first engineer to join Rhodes & Partners in 1993. After graduating from London’s City University 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.
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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.
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.
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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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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.
25 February 2021
We are currently working on projects for Coventry Railway Station, The Peel Centre, Stockport and Resolve Biogas.
27 January 2021
About to start work on a survey of a water tower roof at the top of a mill in Ashton-under-lyne. Rhodes & Partners have a long CV of inspections of the many industrial mills in the region.
25 January 2021
We are working on a number of basement conversions to residential properties at the moment, a popular trend currently in this sector.
16 November 2020
Nearly completing work at the Battersea Power Station development.
3 November 2020
Rhodes & Partners instructed on civil engineering and drainage design services for a residential development in Stockport.
13 October 2020
Canopy work started on the luxurious Bodmin Jail Hotel.
12 October 2020
Further work commissioned at Coventry Station.
1 October 2020
Structural engineering reports commisioned by Park Cakes, Lion Steelworks and Hills Biscuits.
8 October 2020
Instructions received for structural design work at the University of Birmingham.
30 September 2020
Street furniture designs for planters, cycle racks and station signs.
18 June 2020
Structural design and details for canopies at York University.
24 January 2020
Structural survey of the iconic Magna Science Adventure Centre completed for a TV production company.
11 November 2019
Work beginning on The Tobacco Factory Manchester with Heightvale Ltd.
20 August 2019
Rhodes & Partners have been selected to provide structural engineering design for Walton Homes new residential development of approx 40 houses in Staffordshire.
19 August 2019
Work commencing on canopy structures at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
15 July 2019
Work completed on roof lighting at Pall Mall in London, and work ongoing at the London Screen Academy with Wilde Contracts.
11 June 2019
We're happy to announce Rhodes & Partners will be working with Leander Architectural on the design for the Peterloo Memorial in Manchester.
5 March 2019
We're pleased to be working with High Peak Architects on the refurbishment of the Mechanics Institute building in the heart of Whaley Bridge.
21 February 2019
New project for structural design of Antenna installation at Manchester Airport.
1 February 2019 - Ashton Methodist Church
Ashton Methodist Church, Wellington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne - project win.
1 February 2019 - Owl House, Stockport
New commission awarded for refurbishment of Owl House, Great Underbank, Stockport.
28 January 2019 - Strood Riverside Regeneration
New project designing handrailing installations.
10 January 2019 - Oriental Mandarin Hotel, Hyde Park
We are looking forward to working with Calibre Metalwork on canopies for the Oriental Mandarin Hotel, Hyde Park.
15 November 2018 - street furniture for Ipswich tidal barrier
New commission for handrailing at this £70m development of Ipswich's coastal defences.
17 October 2018
Work just commenced on 80-bed care home in Congleton.
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!
Marple Hall School Sponsorship
Rhodes & Partners is delighted to be a sponsor of Marple Hall School.
Read the Headteacher's blog here:
Marple Memorial Park Treasure Hunt Sponsorship
Wear Red for RedR 2019
Thursday 28 February 2019 - we're all wearing Red to show our support for RedR.
Collecting Stamps for the Leprosy Mission, January 2019
We've been colllecting used stamps to send to The Leprosy Mission fundraising team.
16 November 2018 - Children In Need
Auction of mince pies to raise funds for Children In Need: Update - no mince pies left .....
Rhodes and Partners is evolving and we’re looking for a Senior Engineer to enhance our existing team. Our business is widely varied, from domestic and commercial extensions and alterations, inspections and reporting, research projects on innovative new construction products and systems, through to new build industrial, residential, and commercial designs. We are looking for an experienced Senior structural or civil engineer who relishes the challenge of working within all areas of the business and is willing, and able, to get involved in all areas of structural engineering. Competence in managing numerous simultaneous designs and reports is essential.
You will be responsible for the management of projects from conception to completion, preparing fee quotes, supervision of junior team members, attending client meetings, as well as undertaking your own designs, inspections and reports.
Our office is located on the edge of open countryside with train and bus connections from Stockport and Manchester and ample on-site parking. We offer flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to manage your own workload in an open and supportive environment.
Chartered with ICE or IStructE and with at least 8 years' post graduate experience
A proven track record in structural design and analysis in a wide range of materials on a variety of projects, from feasibility to construction. Experience of civil engineering would be an advantage
Able to undertake site inspections, structural surveys and write clear and concise reports
Proficient in the use of software such as Masterseries, Tedds etc.
Able to deliver technical work without supervision
Confident in leading a team, checking and approval of work of junior engineers, providing support to junior team members
Experienced in liaising directly with clients, contractors and other design team members
Able to prepare fee proposals and monitor and manage expenditure throughout a project
Self-motivated and keen to be involved in business development
Full UK driver’s licence and own transport
Applications should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a cover letter and CV.