The house needed to be adapted to accommodate a downstairs bedroom. The side of the property was selected & several challenges were noted. Firstly, the whole area needed to be maximised & the neighbours foundations could not be undermined. A shallow gas pipe was noted along with shallow drains. The finished floor level would be a challenge due to the comparison between internal floor level & external floor level.
A 30.1m2 QuickBase was installed in 4 days, with 21 piles down to a depth of 3m each. The
foundations were designed to avoid the need to divert the gas pipe & drains. Shire also
designed a bespoke steel beam for a supporting wall, free of charge for the client.
4.3m x 7m
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Civil & Structural Engineering
Engineering Innovation is at the heart of our approach to structural engineering. Shire were formed during 1988 in the belief that many clients were dissatisfied with the traditional reactive response of some Engineers.
Shire have a vast array of in-house design skills and expertise. Our dedicated telecoms team are often driving a gold design standard in the industry for others to follow. Our commitment is to provide quality design in a proactive, forward-thinking way & quickly! Our services also include site surveying, building analysis, tower analysis and line of sight surveys.
Shire originally started the geotechnical service to provide our own engineers with information on site, while the structural surveys were being carried out. This allowed us to offer a reactive, rapid response to our clients as a ‘one-stop shop’ for Design, Investigation and Construction.
As Structural Engineers, we have worked with the Property Insurance sector since 1998. We conduct structural inspections, impact damage analysis, specialist investigations and root cause analysis. All of which is engineer-led using straightforward language. Our experienced engineers are also asked to conduct Expert Reports and Expert Witness Service for homeowners and clients alike.
Shire offer a specialist building repair service registered under the Safe Contractor Accreditation and the Contractors Health & Safety Assessments schemes. In conjunction with our inspection & investigation services, we can offer a full solution from initial cause analysis through to structural repair.