Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do I need a structural engineer?

2. What happens if I don’t get a structural designer?

3. How much will it cost?

4. Why do I need temporary works?

5. When should I talk to someone about structural design and temporary works?

6. What can a temporary works contractor do for me?

 

1. Why do I need a structural engineer?

You need to make sure that your new building is properly designed to be a safe and sound construction. Whilst your architect can plan the design and your builder can make it a reality, you need a structural engineer to produce a design that takes all the practicalities into account, such as supporting beams, external and internal wall supports and proper foundation planning.

2. What happens if I don’t get a structural designer?

Your builder will almost certainly ask for a detailed structural plan – particularly where you are building from scratch or changing the load-bearing properties of an existing building. If you don’t have the right information, your project could be delayed and you could face extra costs. This may also affect whether your new building is granted the proper planning permission and building control certificate.

3. How much will it cost?

Costs vary depending on the nature of your project – producing structural engineering plans for a small extension will be less expensive than for a complete new home. It’s best to budget for this part of your project right from the beginning, so talk to us, or to your architect or builder to make sure you have allocated some money for structural design.

4. Why do I need temporary works?

Temporary works are the construction elements that help to support the permanent work on your project. They are essential to making sure that your property is built safely and securely – and that you and the people working on your site are safe throughout the construction phase.

5. When should I talk to someone about structural design and temporary works?

You need to consider this right from the start of your project. That’s because in order to start the build phase of your project, workers will need access to erect or put in place supports and framework that allows construction to begin. Without designing or planning this into your project, you could end up with delays and extra costs from the very beginning.

6. What can a temporary works contractor do for me?

We know that a large residential building project is something you only do once, so you need to work with contractors you can rely on. A temporary works company can help you with:

  • Advice on how to design your project to maximise time and minimise costs
  • Expert advice on the type, size and scope of temporary works needed
  • Site inspections before, during and at the end of your project
  • A single point of contact to arrange the delivery, installation and striking of all the necessary works
  • Someone to handle all building control processes so you don’t have to
  • A complete overview of health and safety on your site, for the temporary works components