The need for investigations into the condition of a structure can be wide and varied. We work with most of the major Property Insurance and Loss Adjusters in the UK offering investigations following damage or symptoms of damage to any type of property. We specialise in subsidence investigations which range from easy to establish to complex investigations that consider a wide variety of factors where cause isn’t straightforward to establish. Our investigations include where structural damage may have been caused by fire, impact of a vehicle and escape of water.
We also offer the same service to individual homeowners who may not be covered by their insurance, or who wish to establish causes before making a claim.
The combination of our Surveyors, Engineers, Geotechnical Experts and Construction expertise allow us to investigate and report on nearly all types of structures, old & new.
Our service also extends to claims where mitigation and 3rd party witness services are required, for example where 2 parties can’t reach an agreement on the cause and solution.
Structural Investigations Services
Visual structural surveys of houses have formed a large part of Shire’s background, working with a number of Local Authorities and Housing Associations. Shire have surveyed a number of differing housing types; these include bungalows, detached properties, semi-detached, maisonettes, three storey properties, low rise flats and tower blocks.
Impact Damage Analysis
We understand the need for a highly reactive, responsive service when it comes to analysing the extent of damage that can be caused to a building after an impact. We have teams on standby to survey the remaining structure & report back rapidly. Our survey and construction teams work together to resolve many insurance impact damage claims.
In some subsidence claims the reason for the subsidence can be relatively easy to establish. In other claims, the reasons can be complex and it could be that damage is caused by a number of factors.
There are occasions when Homeowners do not agree with either the cause of damage or the repairs proposed by an Insurance company. Shires extensive experience of subsidence matters allows them to produce independent Engineering reports to help resolve these disputes.
Expert Witness Service
In some subsidence claims the reason for the subsidence can be relatively easy to establish. In other claims, the reasons can be complex, and it could be that damage is caused by several different factors. Part of the damage could be caused by subsidence, but other areas of damage could be caused by factors such as movement of the roof structure, sulphate attack or past building alterations.
Root Cause Analysis
Our expert investigation service focuses on the root cause of the problem. Our engineers will inspect the property, reviewing all possible factors. We then investigate the likely cause by analysing a wide variety factors: the surrounding environment, the presence & proximity of trees, tree types & sizes, presence of retaining walls, topography of the ground, locations of drains, possible landfill sites nearby and importantly, the soil conditions.
Our Other Services
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
Research & Development
We love a challenge! We were first asked to find a solution for repairing terraced houses in the City of London that had restricted access but needed structural support. That was in 1998 and the Shire Pile was created. Since then the R&D team at Shire have developed more products with a focus on restricted access, concrete-free, easy to install, removable and recyclable for a wide variety of applications. And there are plenty more solutions on the way. Contact us if you have an engineering challenge we can help to solve.Find out more