When do I need a structural engineer consultant?
If the work means no additional loads are being added to the structure of your building, it’s unlikely you’ll need one. However, we recommend you always check whether you need a structural engineer for a project. Your architect or building contractor will be able to advise you on this.
The types of work that regularly require a structural engineer can include:
- House renovations that change the structure of the property
- Building an extension
- Modifying doors and windows
- Fitting solar panels
- Loft conversions
- Removing or modifying internal walls
- Underpinning floors
- Removing chimney breasts
- Adding new structural elements such as roofs, floors or foundations
This isn’t an exhaustive list. There may be other occasions where you will need the advice of a local structural engineer. Check with your architect or builder.
What is a structural engineer and what do they do?
Architects provide the design, but not the structural calculations of a project. That’s where the structural engineer comes in. Their precise work complements the architect’s and makes sure the structure will stand safely once the job is completed.
Inspections on a property
As an expert witness
How much does a structural engineer cost?
Opus Engineering covers all of the above services. We can help you navigate a highly regulated environment, and depending on the level of service you choose, we can work with all stakeholders in the construction process, from architects to contractors.
If you’re looking for a reliable, local structural engineer – or you’re still unsure about whether you need one – we can help. Simply get in touch.