The Engineer | Are you self building? The Engineer at your service

By: The Engineer  05/12/2011
Keywords: provide design, Design advice, Structural Elements

Services offered

We can prepare the necessary applications for submission to Local Authorities in relation to Planning and Building Regulation Requirements. We can also provide design advice on structural elements of the build and provide certification of these elements if required.

The service also provides for the review of tender packages and formal contracts prior to construction. The services offered also include the following:

Advice in the selection of competent building contractors; regular contract meetings to ensure that all aspects of the drawings and specifications have been fully understood by the builder/contractor, dealing with any issues that present during the construction phases as they arise so as to ensue the smooth running of the project and acting solely for you and on your behalf when you engage our professional services.

When the work commences we will administer the main building contract on your behalf, advise you by way of staged payments due to the builder-payments are normally made at fixed stages, for example, on completion of the external walls, roof works, electrical installation etc. Your lender may require this certification service.

Additional services

We will also inspect with regard to any alterations that have been made on the property and advise if these alterations are in compliance with current planning and building regulation legislation. The report will provide a full assessment as to the condition of the property and will identify defects in the property or any upgrade works that may be required. Armed with this report the purchaser can make a more informed decision in regard to placing an offer on the property. The survey is carried out for the sole benefit of the purchaser.

Certificate of compliance for planning permission
As chartered engineers we are in a position to certify building works or extensions for compliance with or exemption from current planning permission legislation. This service is available for new building works and for works that have been completed but were never certified at the time of completion.

Site safety & safety documentation:
Site-specific health and safety plans
Site-specific health and safety files.
Method statements and risk assessments
Safety Audits

Damp surveys
If you have an issue with damp in a your property we offer an inspection service which will locate and identify the cause of the damp. Advice can then be offered on a practical solution to resolve and eliminate the problem. All reports have colour photographs where appropriate.

Closed off area inspections
We have specialist survey equipment that allows us to see into closed off areas such as wall cavities. If you suspect that the walls of your property are not properly insulated or that work has not been completed in areas that have become closed off from visual inspection we can see into these areas for you. This will involve the drilling of small diameter holes so we can insert our inspection equipment into the closed off space. This approach limits the potential damage that might otherwise be required when opening up a closed off space. To our knowledge we are the only company offering the service at this time.

Keywords: Design advice, provide design, Structural Elements

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