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Architects and designers use artistic vision to work with a client and draw up the idea of a building or modification of a building that fits the client’s requirements. The initial design will then be checked by engineers with specialist knowledge of structure, services and electrical regulations.. Read More...
All buildings have to be engineered. The natural laws of physics apply to all structures. There will be some settlement or movement of any building after construction. The weight inside a building and any movement of this load – people and contents – has to be taken into account when calculating the stresses and strains on the structure. This is turn dictates what materials the builder will need to use.
It may seem like a simple thing to add a small extension to your property or knock through from one room to the next. Any such change will inevitably alter the structural stability of the property and it may be necessary to add reinforcements.
DK Building have a good working relationship with a structural engineer who has specialist knowledge of the design elements – columns, beams, floors and joists. He will check the designs and plans, take measurements and make calculations before advising on how a building should be constructed.
Steel bars may be used to reinforce concrete or retaining walls, and steel
beams are used in load bearing situations.
Designs and calculations are further checked by the Building Control officer whose approval is required before a completion certificate is issued. DK Building may draw up your plans and will always consult an engineer if there is any doubt about the safety and stability of a proposed construction.
A simple trench for the foundations of an extension. If the excavation undermines a wall or other structure, the engineer may recommend some underpinning to prevent future collapse of the wall.
If there is a boundary or party wall close to the proposed development, it may be necessary to negotiate a party wall agreement.
All aspects of construction work fall under the Building Regulations. DK Building will liaise with the authorities on the client’s behalf and ensure that all their work is carried out in accordance with UK / EU standards.