Structural Engineer - North London
- Structural Engineer - North London
- What is a Structural Engineer?
- Structural Engineer Cost
What is a Structural Engineer?
Have you noticed any worrying cracks in one of the walls of your home? Planning to renovate your home, build an extension, install a solar panel or have a construction project? If so, you will need the professional support of a structural engineer in North London. They will provide structural design drawings and calculations which can be used to develop and complete the project. If you need to comply with structural building regulations or have a large-scale project, this information may be required by local authority officials. They can assess the structural integrity of your property and offer the right guidance to ensure your house remains a safe place. By identifying any potential problems before they happen, you will avoid facing stressful, expensive and time-consuming repairs and protect your investment.
A structural engineer is a skilled professional who ensures that building structures are strong, durable and safe. When you are making changes to your home that could affect its stability or purchasing a property in the North London area, a structural engineer can form an essential part of a team, working alongside architects and contractors to ensure your building is safe and structurally sound.
What does a Structural Engineers report contain?
A Structural Engineer Report (also called a Full Structural Engineers report, General Structural Inspection (GSI), SSI (Single Site Inspection), Single Defect Report) is a recognised standard for assessing the structural condition of a property. They provide homeowners with in-depth information concerning the structural condition of the property and identify any areas that are in need of repair. These reports are often required when selling, re-financing or adding extensions to an existing property and provide an expert and unbiased view of your property.
The Structural Engineer will conduct a visual inspection of your property including the load-bearing elements of the property such as the foundations of your home, roof, and any accessible structural components to look for defects. Additionally, they may address the exterior of your home to assess any potential risk posed by hazards such as trees and other surfaces, using civil engineering guides and local building codes for guidance.
Before carrying out the inspection, you will need to provide your structural engineers with a brief that includes background information such as other surveys carried out and any potential problems or concerns with the property. With this information, your Structural Engineer can arrange a home inspection and provide you with the report.
Any potential structural defects will be included in the home report including what was observed, the identified or suspected cause of the problem, recommendations for repairs and whether the home is structurally sound. This can save considerable time and expense further down the road.
Structural inspections (SSI (single site inspections), single defect reports)
If there is an existing or suspected problem with your property such as cracks in your walls or signs of sagging, you should ask structural engineers to make an assessment. Your Chartered Surveyor may also refer you to a structural engineer if they notice a problem that needs a more in-depth investigation and an identification of the problem.
Structural Engineer North London Services
- Assessing a building’s safety
- Providing calculations for design including structural drawings and load calculation
- Suggesting the optimal building materials for your structural alteration project
- Ensuring that you comply with building regulations to achieve structural stability
- Conducting basement impact assessments
- Party wall agreements - advising engineer to other party wall surveyors
Typical projects that require Structural Engineers include:
- Building an extension
- Doing a loft conversion
- Removing or modifying internal walls
- Installing solar panels
- Modifying or adding doors and windows
- Removing a chimney breast
- Underpinning floors
- Adding a rear extension
- Managing temporary works
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Structural Engineer Cost
The exact costs of a structural engineering report depend on many factors such as the size of your project, how many visits are required, the purpose of your report (renovation, party wall agreement, etc), the size of your property and your location. Structural Engineers in London are always generally higher than the rest of the country, with exact prices depending on whether the structural engineer is an independent consultant or works for a larger company. Creating a structural engineering report for the whole of a small property should take just a few hours to assess and complete and should cost around £950, whereas if it were to view a single or two small defects then it could be around £650.
Other engineers may offer a fixed price to work on your project. Depending on your project and its size, this can range from £400 to £2000. Occasionally, structural engineers may charge an additional fee for services such as a walk-around survey, generic structural report or inspection report.
For this reason, it’s advised to check with your structural engineer before agreeing to an inspection. Ensure that the final report, costs for the site visit, production of calculations and drawing or plans are included in the fee and that there are no hidden costs. For the best quote, we recommend you ask for a recommendation from a trusted professional or friend to find the right structural engineer for your needs.
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Is a Structural Engineers Report for your London Property a Worthwhile Investment?
Structural engineers are trusted experts who can carry out a wide range of inspections on your home to ensure that they are structurally sound and safe for residents. Depending on your needs, they can produce a range of professional reports that may be required when buying a home, making renovations, refinancing or assessing potential issues in your home. Prices and scope depend on several factors including the size of your property, location and requirements. It is important that you get a structural engineer who is qualified from a reputable organizational body such as the ICE. Contact us today for more information and your requirements.