Structural engineering

We deliver award-winning buildings and spaces that are efficiently designed, resilient, high functioning and productive assets for our clients. We take pride in transforming space within and around buildings to add value both economically and socially.

Economic, environmental and social considerations are at the core of our design solutions.

Across the UK, our structural engineering teams specialise in creating innovative, energy-efficient, low-carbon structural solutions. These solutions are delivered to BIM Level 2, tailored to meet each client’s unique requirements, programme and budget, and often delivered in complex and live environments.

Our track record

Whatever the size and function of the building, we adopt a rigorous approach to obtain the best designs for foundations, frames, floors, walls and roofs in all construction materials.

We have a strong track record of working hand in hand with our clients and all members of the design team, including leading architectural practices and design and build contractors, to ensure a smooth passage through the statutory and legislative processes that are part and parcel of delivering a successful built asset. 

We have an excellent track record across all sectors, including:

  • Commercial – embracing offices, hi-tech, logistics and industrial facilities
  • Education facilities - for all age groups, including student accommodation
  • Residential – including urban apartment living and emerging areas such as the private rented sector and permitted development
  • Heritage buildings
  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Energy and power facilities – including facilities at access-restricted nuclear power plants
  • Defence – including buildings for very specialist, high security use
  • Healthcare
  • Public realm
  • Sports and leisure.

A multi-disciplinary approach

Our structural solutions are regularly designed in collaboration with our colleagues who offer valuable insights into issues such as the geotechnical nature of a site, the building performance requirements influenced by M&E, and any supporting civils and infrastructure needs.

Inspiring spaces

Our goal is to create inspiring spaces that positively impact the communities that use and surround them.

Read more about our specific areas of sector expertise below:


Commercial

Our experience in this broad sector ranges from award-winning, inspirational new spaces to the most practical and functional of commercial space. But in all cases, our designs reflect very specific client needs and are accessible, workable and commercially driven. 

We deliver clear and concise information to enable our clients to make informed decisions and through the application of BIM Level 2 we positively support a collaborative approach that improves coordination and efficiency, reduces time and cost, and drives carbon reductions.

Defence

Over a period of almost 15 years we have undertaken in excess of 300 projects through design term commissions for a variety of MoD service providers on both new build and refurbishment projects.

We provide support from the concept stage through to on-site construction, delivering innovative and sustainable designs, building efficiency and pragmatic solutions.

We have an excellent understanding of the MoD’s procurement routes, procedures, working practices, standards and approval processes. We have established strong relationships with incumbent personnel and have built a detailed knowledge of many key MoD establishments.

Education

We have an excellent reputation for delivering innovative designs and pragmatic solutions for education projects that range from multi-million pound developments to small refurbishments.

Our experience covers all levels of education, from primary to secondary to higher education projects, including academies, technical colleges and private establishments.

We actively encourage the participation and contribution of teachers, the heads of colleges and schools, and students in the development of our designs to ensure outcomes that are practical and inspiring, and many of our projects have been recognised through awards for innovation, sustainability, quality and creativity.

We have extensive experience and understanding of different procurement routes and can be appointed by a local authority, architect or contractor.

Energy

Our experience in this constantly evolving sector includes the design of new, specialist low-carbon power generating facilities and all the support infrastructure that exists around major power generation sites. 

We work very closely with our clients to understand their very specific needs in relation to these unique sites and facilities. Our designs reflect the requirements for efficiency and cost-effectiveness that are prerequisites to the successful operation of these types of facility.

Healthcare

Our team has over 30 years’ experience in the provision of healthcare facilities for both public and private providers. Our experience ranges from district general hospitals to general practice surgeries.

Our close collaboration with public and private clients helps us to create informed and well-considered facilities, delivered efficiently and economically.

We have been involved in the many different procurement models used within the NHS, including PFI, LIFT and Procure 21+, and we contribute to projects at all stages – from strategic planning to implementation.

Heritage

We have an outstanding reputation for the delivery of innovative, elegant and cost-effective solutions that bring new life to both historic and more industrial type buildings. 

Working with historic or less contemporary building stock and materials is often technically, logistically and commercially more challenging. However, we enjoy finding ways to bring value to these schemes through restoration and preservation, establishing financial viability, sustainability and individual character to each project. As a consequence we have played a leading part in many award-winning project teams.

Industrial

Our experience includes major distribution and warehouse facilities designed for specialist developers and end user clients in the retail sector, and logistics, R&D and hi-tech facilities for a number of high-end manufacturing organisations and automotive brands.

Efficient design is a key driver and we combine this with elegant solutions that add value to a building, lifting it above others in the same sector. 

Our structural engineers regularly work in tandem with our geotechnical, infrastructure and transportation specialists to deliver a full multi-disciplinary design approach to the development of these high-spec industrial properties.

Residential

Our teams work on high-rise developments, housing schemes, the innovative conversion of historic industrial buildings into apartments, retirement living space and one-off private, substantial, design projects. 

With colleagues from across the business, we provide a range of services that include: due diligence and site investigation; infrastructure planning; design of roads and highways; flood risk assessments; connection to utilities; structural design; and specialist design to counter issues such as noise pollution in a mixed-use development, as well as incorporating energy-efficient design to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes criteria.

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