Structural engineers are primarily concerned with designing and constructing buildings and structures that are safe and capable of withstanding the elements to which they will be exposed, as well as improving the structural integrity of existing buildings. The job is very closely related to that of civil engineer.
It is their job to make sure the physical structure maintain integrity and can handle the loads and forces they encounter over time.
Structural Engineers are required for both unique and everyday projects. They work with a wide variety of clients such as homeowners, housing associations, building contractors, architects and designers just to name a few.
These are areas of work a structural engineer may be involved in:
A structural engineer is typically required whenever there are structural changes made to an existing structure, such as removing a load bearing wall or knocking out a chimney breast, or when a new structure is being designed such as an extension or loft conversion.
For more complex projects, you will also need plans from an architect or designer. However, both minor and major renovations/additions typically require a structural engineer.
It’s crucial that your structural engineer understands all aspects of building construction including energy performance as well as structural components.
If you are planning a structural change to your home or commercial building, contact Essex Structural Engineers on 01277 554 147.