Frequently Asked Questions


These are a selection of questions we are often asked. If your question is not listed, please add it in the comments.

What does a structural engineer do?

Structural engineers use science and mathematics to estimate the strength of a building. A more holistic explanation is given in this video.

When do I need a Structural Engineer?

We are called on at different stages of building projects either pre-purchase, pre-planning, after planning, during construction or if a fault is discovered.

We might be requested to look at a property pre-purchase to advise if the structure is sound. For example an international client wanted to know if they could rearrange a five-bedroom flat into four ensuite rooms before they negotiated an offer. Or another example, a developer wanted to purchase some land over tunnels and needed to assess how many storeys could be built above them.

We could be brought in to assist with the planning process. For example a client who worked in finance wanted a new basement under their property, which requires a Chartered Engineer to prepare particular documents.

We may be appointed post-planning to prepare Tender information and calculations for Building Control. For example a client wanted a new two-storey extension to be designed.

We may be asked to oversee the construction. For example a housing association wanted a Chartered Engineer to inspect their construction site every two weeks and produce a report as part of the Client Monitoring Team.

How much will my project cost?

Every project and building is different so please contact us with whatever information is available and we can provide a quote for our services. If you would like an estimate of total construction costs we can recommend a suitable expert. Our contact details are:

99 Structural Engineers

87 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London W11 3JZ | 07956 013942

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