RWA is proud to work in collaboration with a number of leading estate agents across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Our structural engineering expertise can help their clients to make informed property purchasing decisions, especially when considering renovations, extensions, property conversion or self-builds.
Structural Surveys for Property Renovations
Property renovations are popular because people are looking for an older building with character, which can also fulfil modern living or working requirements. Renovations can be more challenging than a self-build, because unforeseen issues can arise, along with the associated costs. A full structural report will help to minimise this risk.
As local structural engineers, RWA is familiar with the building methods, materials and styles which were widely used across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. This knowledge informs the detailed structural surveys that we undertake for property renovations.
A full structural report is essential if plans include major works including cutting roof timbers or removing a chimney breast. With open-plan living being a feature of many contemporary homes, we find that many renovation projects involve the removal of load bearing walls. Our structural engineering consultants will advise on the type, size and placement of steel supports.
Structural Surveys for Home Extensions
Many homes are sold because of the potential to extend the property. An extension may increase the footprint of the building or involve adding additional storeys to the existing property. Either way, our structural engineers can produce drawings and calculations that help to meet building regulation requirements.
Our experienced team can also advise on and provide a full consultancy service for steel structure design. This is applicable to the extension of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings.
Structural Surveys for Property Conversions
A property conversion involves changing the use of a building, for example transforming an agricultural barn into a home or a disused church into an office space. When a building was constructed for one purpose, it may not be ideally suited to alternatives uses, but structural engineers will help to determine which property conversions are viable.
A growing trend is for homeowners to convert an outbuilding, such as a separate garage or stables into an annexe. Around 2,800 such conversions were applied for last year, with the vast majority having a successful outcome.
Structural Design for New Builds
Finding the ideal plot of land is becoming more of a challenge, however, self-builds are popular for individuals with a desire to create their dream home. As construction consultants, we provide structural designs for domestic self-builds, as well as the development of commercial and industrial buildings. Our chartered engineers can also take on a project management role, providing value and efficiency at every stage of the process.
Local Structural Engineering
Contact RWA, your structural engineering experts, for surveys, designs and project management services that support your building aspirations. Our professional team are members of the Institution of Structural Engineers and of The Institution of Civil Engineers.
We’ll reduce the risks, ensure safety is paramount and be fully compliant at every step of the process. Call RWA, on 01296 624924, to discuss your construction project.