Planning A New Build? Advice All in One Place!

new build

Today we are thrilled to announce our merger with Caversham based Architects, Greenway Barrow. Working as a separate brand under Michael Aubrey Partnership, “Create Home Design” will be in a unique position to help families to create their forever homes.John Staves, Chartered Structural Engineer will continue as Managing Director with Carly Barrow, RIBA Chartered Architect, […]

Impact of the Comms Code on Property Owners

comms code

The Electronic Communications Code (the Comms Code) is a set of rights that are designed to make it easier for network operators to facilitate the installation and maintenance of electronic communications networks across the UK. What Is The New Telecoms Code (Comms Code)? The Code provides for telecoms operators who are granted rights under the […]

Save Your Build Costs By Investing in Good Structural Design

save your build costs

Save Your Build Costs! We met Pat and Maggie whilst appearing on the “Ask an Expert” panel at Grand Designs Live in Birmingham. Questioned The Design Pat was a mechanical engineer and he had questioned the design, as he thought it was “over the top” … he thought there was too much steel in the […]

ISO 9001 – 15 Years Continuous Accreditation!

ISO 9001

We are delighted to announce this year marks 15 years of continuous accreditation for Quality Management Systems Certification (QMS) ISO 9001:2015 Talking about our achievement, John Staves, Managing Director commented:

Good Business Charter

GBC Accreditation We are proud to be signed up to the Good Business Charter, showing our commitment to its ten guiding principles. At a time when people are caring more about who they work for and who they buy from, the Good Business Charter offers a straightforward accreditation which recognises organisations which prioritise and care […]

Fire Escape Inspections

fire escape inspection

Today I’m talking to Oliver Goodyear, Engineering Manager at Michael Aubrey Partnership about the main issues associated with fire escape inspections and how we helped a recent client. What Are The Main Issues That You Encounter When Carrying Out A Fire Escape Inspection?   One of the main issues with these types of structures is […]

Link Visiting at Christmas

link visiting

The Link Visiting Scheme was founded more than 20 years ago to help reduce loneliness amongst older people in the Wokingham area and to bring generations together in friendship and shared experiences. “My volunteer’s warm welcome gave me a feeling of being wanted and restored my confidence.  With the frequent visits and activities, I’ve managed to […]

Structural Awards 2021!

Dinosaur Bridge

Structural Awards 2021 – a fantastic evening celebrating the extraordinary work of Structural Engineers across the world! Commendation! We were thrilled to see a project that we worked on with Capital Piling “Swing Bridge to Dinosaur Island” win a “Commendation” under the Pedestrian Bridges category. The “Dinosaur Bridge” – An Unusual Foundation We used a […]

Halloween Bake Off!

Halloween Bake off

Retaining his crown for another year, the winner this year (again) is ….. Andy Campbell!!Andy’s’ spider and cobweb red velvet cake, not only looked amazing but tasted great! Usually taking place at Easter time, our annual “bake off” was re-scheduled this year, focusing on Halloween.Our Halloween bake-off was judged earlier in the week, and there was […]

6 Things To Consider When Carrying Out Building Work To Your Home

homeowner services

Extending your home is probably something that you’ll only do once in your lifetime. Ultimately, you want to make sure that you can build the size of extension that you want, within your budget. Being aware of potential pitfalls and additional costs at the beginning of the process will help you make informed decisions. We’ve […]

3 Little Structural Design “Hacks” That Will Save You £1,000’s!

structural hacks that will save you £1,000

As structural engineers we can’t tell you how frustrating it is when we are brought into a project at the later stages. Often the Client is happy with the design. Planning approval has either just been submitted, or has been approved. We submit our structural design fee. Sharp intake of breath … it’s far more […]

7 Occasions When You’ll Need A Structural Engineer

when you'll need a structural engineer

Most people understand what an architect does. Did you know that on 95% of residential building projects you will also need advice from a structural engineer? So what does a structural engineer do? Structural engineers make sure that buildings are structurally sound and won’t fall down! 7 Occasions When You’ll Need A Structural Engineer When […]