Services

Home Improvements

 

We have a huge amount of residential project experience. We originated from a family construction business and have built our very own extensions and self build so we can offer a sensible and practical service.

 

Please refer our dedicated Home Owners page for further details.

 

Structural Investigation / Reporting

We can conduct structural investigations reports on modern or traditional buildings, whether they are residential, commercial or industrial properties. Some of the core structural reporting we carry out are outlined below:

 

  • Class Q reports for the conversion of rural buildings.
  • Defect investigation reports for mortgage reports.
  • Chimney breast removal.
  • Fire damage.
  • Car impact.
  • Subsidence.
  • Change of use.
  • Existing load capacity assessments.
  • Arbitration and expert witness.
  • Construction inspection.

 

Site Investigations

 

With an increasing proportion of developments occurring on previously developed 'Brownfield Sites' and ever more challenging greenfield sites, there has never been a greater need to carry out adequate site investigations. A well designed site investigation can often lead to project cost savings in the long term by allowing contractors to foresee potential problems.

 

For small developments on established known ground we are able to carry out trial hole investigation, report findings and propose economical solutions.  For more complex sites we are able to arrange specialists able to carry out a wide variety of site investigation techniques including fieldwork and laboratory testing to suit any size of project.

 

Foundation Design

 

The adoption of the most appropriate and economical foundation is to a significant extent governed by the ground conditions encountered and type of structure to be supported. Our design capability extends from the simplicity of trench fill foundations adjacent tress, through various forms of reinforced concrete rafts/ slabs or ground beams, to the relative complexity of a piled solution or even a basement design.

 

We are also competent in the various methods of underpinning techniques to stabilise buildings that are suffering effects from differential settlement.  Our underpinning designs may take various forms, from traditional mass concrete blocks, mass concrete pad and reinforced concrete beam/ slab, to piled solutions or further specialist techniques.

 

Reinforced Concrete Design

 

There are numerous concrete elements across various sectors that we have design experience of. The following list is a selection of the more common concrete elements / structures that we are familiar with. This is whether they are designed as part of a new superstructure or as an individual entity within an existing building:

 

  • Foundations – strip, trench, raft, piled, underpin, beam and pad, etc
  • Basements
  • Ground bearing slabs.
  • Floor slab constructions
  • Lift/ stair core shafts
  • Shear walls
  • Liquid retaining structures.
  • Containers, tanks, bunkers and silos.
  • Retaining walls.
  • Anchor fixings.
  • Reinforcement estimates.
  • Precast concrete systems.
  • Carbon fibre reinforced plate bonding.

 

Reinforcement Bar Detailing & Scheduling

 

We offer a full Reinforced Concrete detailing and bar scheduling service produced to a high standard in accordance with latest codes of practice by experienced RC Detailers / Draughtsman fully checked by a Chartered Structural Engineer.

 

Steelwork Element Design

 

We have significant experience in the structural design of steel superstructures across a wide spectrum of sectors such as Oil & Gas, Power, Petrochemical, Industrial/Commercial, Nuclear, Residential, Retail, Healthcare, Education and Rail.  The following list is a selection of the more common steel elements / structures that we are familiar with. This is whether they are designed as part of a new superstructure or as an individual entity within an existing building:

 

  • Sway frames
  • Lintels
  • Beam and columns
  • Bracing systems
  • Floor supporting systems
  • Trusses
  • Crane girder/ runway beams
  • Connections
  • Staircases
  • Portal frames
  • Cladding rails/ purlins
  • Mezzanine/ storage structures
  • Pipe bridges / Supports
  • Balustrades and Balconys

 

Masonry Design

Masonry elements are predominantly associated with the residential sector. Some of the more familiar masonry design activities we are involved with are listed below:

 

  • Reinforced and unreinforced masonry cavity wall panels.
  • Wind posts.
  • Grouted/ reinforced cavity walls.
  • Free standing and retaining walls.
  • Lift shafts
  • Piers.
  • Buttressing fin walls.
  • Lintels and padstones.
  • Arches.
  • Movement Joints.

 

Timber Design

 

Timber elements are predominantly associated with the residential sector. Some of the more familiar timber design activities we are involved with are listed below:

 

  • Rafter, purlins and hip members.
  • Bespoke roof trusses.
  • Floor joists.
  • Glulam beams.
  • Flitch beams.
  • Timber connections

 

We are familiar with oak or any other timber species you wish to use in your project.

 

Structural Calculation Appraisal

 

We provide an independent structural calculation checking service carried out by experienced Chartered Structural Engineers for local authorities, sole practitioners, Architects and Builders.

SHEAR

Chartered Structural Engineers

07884 206 354

richard@shearltd.co.uk