Looking for a structural engineer in Surrey?

If you’re looking for a structural engineer in Surrey, you’re doing the right thing.  When it comes to property development, compliance with building regulations is absolutely vital. 

Failure to comply can lead to serious legal and financial consequences, so advice from a fully qualified structural engineer who is professionally trained and able to analyse the structural integrity of buildings, will help you stay on the right side of the law and avoid unnecessary costs.

In property development, a structural engineer plays a critical role in ensuring that buildings are designed and constructed in compliance with building regulations. They are responsible for designing the structure of a building, including its foundations, walls, floors, and roofs, to ensure that it can withstand the forces of nature and human use.

A structural engineer works closely with other professionals, such as architects, and construction managers, to ensure that the design and construction process runs smoothly. They also work with local authorities to obtain the necessary approvals required for the project.

Here at FORM Design Group, our in-house structural engineer is Andy Manington, I.Eng M ICE.

Andy has a wealth of experience to share with you and feels that many people are daunted at the start of a  building design project, whether it’s a simple extension or major new development, and he is passionate about helping them understand what’s involved so they have clear expectations from the outset:

Andy Manington - Form Design Group
Before I start working with a client I explain the whole process… It’s all about having an open approach and being absolutely clear about what the client really needs.

Andy Manington I.Eng M ICE

In addition to compliance with building regulations, Andy helps property developers optimise profits on their developments, by providing advice on how to design buildings that are cost-effective and efficient to construct, while still meeting the requirements of the project.

For example, in coordination with our Chartered Architect Mike Chidzey, Andy may recommend the use of certain materials, such as steel or concrete, that are strong and durable but also cost-effective. He may also recommend alternative construction methods that can save you time and money.

As a team, we can help you develop desirable properties that people want to buy or lease. We provide advice on how to design buildings that are not only structurally sound but also aesthetically pleasing and functional.

For example, we may recommend the use of certain design features that can enhance the visual appeal of a property. We may also suggest the incorporation of certain features, such as open spaces or natural lighting, that can improve the desirability of the building.

A structural engineer plays a crucial role in property development, ensuring compliance with building regulations, optimised profits, and in the development of properties that people want to buy or lease.

Blue Houses at Somerset RoadCASE STUDY

We catered for a steeply sloping site in Redhill by modeling the drop and designing a series of retaining walls that enabled the two houses to be built in the best location on the site.

We also segregated the badger set from the site to protect the badgers during construction.

Read all about it here:

But it’s really important to note that not all structural engineers are created equal. So do your research before instructing a qualified and experienced structural engineer who knows Surrey and the relevant building regulations and can help bring your project to a successful conclusion.

Whatever you do, don’t take structural engineering advice from people in Facebook groups or other unqualified sources! The risks associated with not taking professional advice are significant and wrong decisions can be very difficult to unpick.

1) Failure to comply with building regulations can lead to serious legal and financial consequences, with property developers facing fines or even legal action if their buildings do not meet the required standards.

2) Buildings that don’t meet the required standards may be unsafe, posing a risk to the occupants and the surrounding community.

3) Failure to optimise profits on developments can result in significant financial losses for property developers, which can be especially damaging in a highly competitive property market like Surrey, where profit margins can be slim.

4) Finally, failure to develop desirable properties can result in properties that are difficult to sell or lease, leading to financial losses and a damaged reputation.

So work with a qualified and experienced structural engineer who knows Surrey and can ensure that your project is a success. Make sure they have a proven track record of success in property development and are familiar with the local area.

One of the most overlooked skills that we believe structural engineers should have is excellent communication skills! Finding someone who can work collaboratively with other professionals involved in the project, will help ensure that the project runs smoothly and that any issues are addressed in a timely and effective manner.

Structural engineers play a vital role in property development. Taking shortcuts or relying on unqualified sources for structural engineering advice can lead to serious legal, financial, and safety risks, but with the right structural engineer on board, you can make sure your developments are successful, compliant, profitable, and desirable to potential buyers or tenants.

If you need a structural engineer for your Surrey-based development, please get in touch.