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

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.

Recent Reviews from Harding Chartered Surveyors

Great service from start to finish. The report covered all areas and included elements that we didn't think off.We will be using the services again if needed
Jason Golding
10:51 01 Apr 22
Really outstanding sevice by Al. Very responsive and couldnt do enough to help.
Lewis Nurcombe
13:02 08 Mar 22
Professional and courteous. Thank you for your service.
D Alwan
19:02 19 Feb 22
Overall very pleased with service provided and costs for a recent RICS property valuation as staff were very helpful and accommodating, I would have no hesitation to recommend.
Ian Newman
18:08 19 Feb 22
Great service. We have done quite few surveys in the last 20 years and a recent one in Cotswolds that was not comparable with the one done from Harding Charted Surveyors. This was extremely precise and in much details with a lot of photos. Alaa Ali was helpful in explaining and answering all our questions and available in a very short amount of time. Highly recommended
Monica Cereda
16:48 10 Feb 22
Very professional, knowledgeable and efficient service from Harding. My surveyor (Al) - was very thorough, he took time to review my property internally and externally, discuss in detail the current situation and then followed up with an excellent detailed report and commentary. His inspection and work have given me vital and essential documentation on my property for now and the future. Thank you Al and I would highly recommend this organisation.
Nick Gee
13:01 03 Feb 22
Alaa is a very nice, helpful and knowledgeable, patient person. He was willing to spend time with me to go through the report in detail and provide me recommendations for any problems. Very professional service and highly recommended.
May Yao
16:56 21 Dec 21
Having recently been provided with a New Build Snagging ReportI would like to praise the administration staff for their prompt and professional communication.Similarly I am very pleased with the work that Alaa Ali has done in producing the Snagging report -it is a very comprehensive and detailed report and he has also made further recommendations on how to improve specific areas of the property to avoid potential problems un the future.
Chloe Avraamidou
22:03 02 Dec 21
Very quick service, extremely thorough survey, excellent communication via phone and email. 10/10 would unreservedly recommend.
Alex Macleod
10:16 19 Nov 21
Incredibly efficient and professional service. Survey report was very through and helpful in identifying areas of work needed to be undertaken urgently, together with a ball park cost. Speed with which they undertook the survey and turned around the report ensured the transaction kept to the tight timeline set by the vendors. Can 100% recommend them.
Jonathan Biggs
13:25 31 Aug 21
Very in depth and comprehensive survey
Vivek Thanki
19:58 18 Aug 21
Very good communication and fast turnaround! I highly appreciated their service.
Juriana Spierenburg
13:34 02 Jul 21
Professional, helpful, friendly, prompt, value-for-money. I cannot speak highly enough of their thoroughly excellent and efficient service - in particular I really commend Kate's quick and friendly service (I always heard back same day on any query), and Jason's thorough but clear survey (he also phoned me to talk through report as well as submitting formal in writing).
Alex Durbidge
13:09 10 Jun 21
A very helpful, competent and customer-oriented team. Thank you for a great job.
Umar Manzoor
03:11 02 Jun 21
timely & friendly service. thank you
Ilian Walker
08:28 24 May 21
Very quick and efficient, building survey was completed within a very short space of time and the report was delivered the following day. Very satisfied with the service.
James McDonald
16:42 30 Apr 21
We received a a very detailed and informative survey report and were very happy with the service provided by the friendly and knowledgeable team!
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12:20 23 Apr 21
A FRIENDLY, PROFESSIONAL AND EFFICIENT SERVICE.I needed a probate valuation for a property, I used a search to locate Hardings and they seemed to fit the bill. I am pleased that I did come across them. From the first contact to receiving the report everything was efficient and straightforward. The survey was thorough and informative and the report clear and concise, the fee was reasonable. I have no hesitation in recommending them.
12:14 31 Mar 21
Very professional, friendly and helpful. I would definitely use them again.
Camilla Horsfall
13:18 02 Mar 21
The homebuyer's report carried out by Harding Chartered Surveyors was clear informative and timely. The level of detail was just what I needed in order to appreciate what the property needed doing and to help me with my decision to proceed with the purchase process.
Sara Thomas
09:07 19 Jan 21
Really helpful, made the process easy and really efficient service even though it was over the holiday period. Would def recommend / use again
Aimee Glensor
19:09 08 Jan 21
Kate is very responsive and also took time to advise me on the phone at the very beginning. Scott Ingham did our report. It was thorough and informative. Felt in safe professional hands throughout.
Claudio Mascolo
18:24 30 Nov 20
Fast responses from Kate were much appreciated. Thanks to Jason for undertaking the inspection.
Farid Malik
11:24 11 Nov 20
Scott completed a survey for me on a flat purchase and both he and Kate were great - very quick to respond, knowledgeable, thorough and happy to address any additional questions I had. Would definitely recommend and use them again.
Martina Glaser
17:56 28 Oct 20
Prompt service and a detailed report
John Dennis
17:24 28 Oct 20
David Toogood produced a very thorough survey, and was extremely helpful and friendly in giving us balanced and clear advice. His in-depth report was detailed and painstaking, with lots of illustrative photos. the survey was a not inconsiderable expense, but one that we feel is fully justified by the quality of work produced.Recommended!
15:12 17 Oct 20
I requested Harding to provide a valuation for a lease extension. Albert Wellington was in charge of my property and he was extremely professional and helpful in addressing all my concerns. I would recommend him and the company with no hesitation.
Bene Walters
10:47 05 Oct 20
I was very impressed with how quickly Harding's got my survey booked in a and the surveyor was very responsive to the questions I had following the report. Very professional.
16:16 26 Sep 20
A very efficient, timely and thorough service for us, as we go through the house buying process. I'd definitely use them again.
Claire Brown
14:17 19 Aug 20
Very satisfied with service. Report was delivered promptly and provided the information we needed.
Nicholas R.
10:05 23 Jul 20
Very impressive. I was struggling to book a survey quickly as most Surveyors time frames were three weeks. Kate was very helpful and booked in a survey on the following day. What was more impressive was the report was ready the next day. Highly recommend.
Nathan Stewart
08:02 22 Jun 20
Excellent service; professional, helpful, communicative and courteous as well as relatively quick. I would highly recommend.
Richard Denison Gay
14:49 02 Jun 20
A big thank you to Kate, Max and Lee at the Fulham Office for their engagement and professionalism in undertaking a recent survey at Greenwich. We were very appreciative of the ease of access to those involved in the work and the very friendly attitude. best of luck. Bill
William G. O'Neill
23:03 24 Apr 20
Harding Chartered Surveyors were recommended to me as I needed a property valuation to be completed. They kept me up-to-date throughout the process, were professional and a pleasure to deal with.
nicola handley
20:58 11 Feb 20
Very efficient and professional. I had my survey few months ago before buying my house and I am still following the advice from the survey to fix and repair what needed. I dealt with Scott Ingham and I think he worked very accurately and checked everything very carefully. Highly recommended.
Marianna Ciampa
14:25 30 Jan 20
Needed a valuation for a property purchase and can honestly say the service was 1st class from start to finish. Queries were dealt with promptly and followed up via telephone to make sure I was happy with the responses.The team are extremely knowledgeable.Thank you Kate, Albert, David and the rest of the team I will definitely use the company again.
Amel Ahmed
16:15 13 Nov 19
Harding's were great - very responsive, gave a very clear and detailed report and were happy to run through their comments with me over the phone.
Millie Jones
16:07 30 Oct 19
Brilliant thorough service!
Emma Goldschmidt
16:21 01 Oct 19
Dealt with James Brook, very efficient and professional, James had the report sent out to us within 24hrs. would highly recommend.
Harry Coaker
09:46 22 Aug 19
Harding Chartered Surveyors are a very professional business who handled a challenging task for us with ease. I highly recommend them and will be using their services again.
David Good
10:34 20 Jul 19
Very efficient service and very detailed report. We are very satisfied.
Karen Ng
22:30 01 Jul 19
Really quick turn around and professional service.
Lily Kwong
10:38 24 Jun 19
The surveyor turned up on time as planned to survey the roof, both inside and out, then was happy to discuss it all with us afterwards. Bit tricky in high winds. Report arrived 2 days later, just what we needed. Professional and thorough. Recommended.
Kevin Loughlin
20:27 28 Mar 19
Quick, responsive and very thorough. Would definitely recommend Hardings to others, and will come back to them the next time I need a survey completed.
Jon Brennan
09:44 01 Mar 19
Quick, efficient and excellent service. Came as a recommendation from a friend and we’d happily recommend too.
Abi and Andy La Fontaine
20:57 20 Feb 19
Thorough and professional surveyors. Very happy with their service. Highly recommended.
Giulio Pepe
16:25 16 Dec 18
Good, thorough, and promptly scheduled homebuyer survey in Fulham. The surveyor called me and explained everything clearly.
Simon Wilson
15:54 10 Nov 18
I highly recommend David. Very good technical knowledge. He was always available for our questions, which included a detailed call on the same day as the survey. The written survey report was clear, detailed and included pictures and estimates of the cost of repairs.
Daniel Vernazza
10:41 29 Apr 18
David gave us a fantastic service and has been a huge help during our property purchase process. We have had 2 surveys carried out, both of which were arranged very promptly. Thorough and extremely useful telephone calls and full written reports were received shortly afterwards. David's reports and advice have been invaluable to us.
James Palairet
11:16 09 Jan 18

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.

Harding Chartered Surveyors offer other services such as surveying, valuation and party wall services.