Simple Guide to Using Other Specialists:
Structural engineers provide vital support and information to the other members of the design team working on your project. We recommend that your structural engineer is a member of either The Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) or The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE). They may also be professionally registered with The Engineering Council (CEng) and so be referred to as a ‘Chartered Engineer’. These professional bodies have a code of conduct and regulate the training, standards and insurance of their members which will help to protect your project and as a result, your investment.
Structural engineers provide design information which will form an integral part of a Building Regulations submission as well as occasionally, preliminary information for a Planning Application. They design and provide calculations to ensure a building will not fall down or sink into the ground and will often design the underground foul and surface water drainage including any soakaways, cesspits or septic tanks.
Not all projects will require the services of a structural engineer, but your architect will advise you as to whether this is the case.
3HW will advise you if a structural engineer is likely to be needed for your project and will recommend who to use as well as obtaining quotations for their services on your behalf.