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Structural Survey By Our Qualified Structural Engineer

Ideal for someone who would rather trust our qualified Structural Engineers to take the correct measurements and photos at their home.  You will be happy to let us sort everything out for you with no hassle

Simply instruct us and we will do the rest!

Here’s How It Works

Disadvantages of A Survey By One Of Our Qualified Structural Engineers

  1. It will cost you slightly more than our Self Supported Survey

Advantages Of A Structural Survey

  1. You can be confident that we have taken the right measurements / photos for us to make our structural assessment
  2. You can contact us at any time if you have any questions and arrange an on line meeting if required
  3. We can reduce the number of assumptions that we have had to make because we have the right information
  4. Liability: because we have visited your home and taken the correct measurements, we have all the information that we need to make our structural assessment. If there is anything missing, it’s down to us
  5. Peace of mind that your design is being assessed by a Chartered Structural Engineer
  6. You will receive a comprehensive, well thought out design meaning your builder will have accurate information to base his prices on. Fewer assumptions = a more competitive quote. Your project should cost you less overall
  7. In the future you will be able to sell your house, as you will have the correct Building Control approvals, or a letter on file confirming the wall that you removed was non loadbearing
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Frequently Asked Questions

What approvals will I need?

You probably won’t require planning permission. If the wall is found to be load bearing, it is classed as a “Structural alteration” and you will require Building Regulations approval.

If your building is Listed, Listed Building Consent is almost certainly going to be needed for this work – this is not the same as planning permission and operates independently. We can help you with this if it’s requried.

How long will it take to obtain approval?

Once your application is registered with the council, it can take anything from one week to eight weeks, depending on which council you are submitting to and how busy they are at the time of submission.

How long do you take before you can attend site?

We can visit site normally one week from instruction, often sooner.

Why do I have to pay for you to come out to site before hand

Our policy is to take a deposit before our engineers visit to cover their travel time and time on site.

If your wall is found to be non loadbearing. We will issue you with a letter confirming this (you may need this when you come to sell your house in the future) and there is nothing further to pay.

If however, your wall is loadbearing, we will take dimensions, photographs and prepare plans and structural calculations.

Can I submit the Building Regulations application myself and save money?

Yes you can, but our fees include for us submitting the application on your behalf and being available to answer any technical queries that they have.

What's the difference between a Building Notice and a Full Plans Application?

A Building Notice Application doesn’t require detailed plans to be submitted. All charges (plan and inspection) are paid at the time of deposit.

Although you only have to wait 48 hours before starting the work, you do not have an approved plan to work to. If the work does not meet regulations, there may be a delay while the work is corrected and you may not know that the work is incorrect until it is inspected.

We would not recommend this route and if you start building work before you have approval, it’s at your own risk.

Full Plans Application

  • You know that as long as you carry-out the work in line with the approved plans it will meet the regulations
  • Everyone involved knows in advance exactly what is required. There should be few nasty (or expensive!) surprises
  • You can provide an approval notice to financial institutions, solicitors, and so on, when you are applying for loans or moving home
  • As long as the work is carried out in line with the approved plans, and all the relevant inspections find the work is of a satisfactory standard, you get a completion certificate
The new beam will go into the Party Wall with my neighbours – do I need to tell them?

A party wall is the dividing wall between you and your neighbour, ideally it is best to avoid working on or near a party wall, however, if there is no alternative you may need to comply with Party Wall Act, we can help you with this.

To avoid this, we’d look at designing either a “goal post” or a “picture frame”.

What is a Goal post?
goal post

Imagine a goal post made of steel – two sides and a top.

The load is transferred down both side columns and onto point loads in the ground.

If, however the load is too much, we would recommend a picture frame / box frame.

What is a Picture Frame / Box Frame?
Picure Frame / Box Frame

Simply a four-sided frame made of steel.

Used mainly where the loads are too much for a goal post or greater lateral stability is required.

“Picture Frames” are often used in situations where you are removing virtually all of the back wall of the house and extending into your garden.

Downstand Beam or Flush Ceiling?
downstand beam

Downstand Beam

As the beam is not hidden within the depth of the ceiling joists it is cheaper than a “flush ceiling”

A steel below the ceiling reduces the sightline and gives a less impressive feel.

flush ceiling

“Flush Ceiling”

Is where the beam is hidden within the depth of the joists so you are left with a “flat” ceiling. 

This is a more expensive build option but it gives you a nice, clean line without any downstand.

Particularly if your extension is double height, you want to feel that extra height as soon as you walk into the room. 

When can I start building work?

We would advise that you wait for Building Regulations approval. That way your builder knows exactly what to build and the sizes of the steelwork required and you don’t risk abortive work

Is my house insurance valid whilst the building work is taking place?

You will need to make contact with your house insurance provider, they normally require you to cofirm how long the works will take and evidence that the works are being undertaken by a competent person/company.

How much is the structural assessment and design going to cost me?

You will have our fees (please click here for a quotation), plus building control fees – typically £200 – £250

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Customer Feedback

“I had never used a structural engineer before, I always thought they were for big commercial jobs, renovating my kitchen didn’t seem like a big job, but without MAPL’s input I would have ended up spending a lot of money on a kitchen that I would never have been happy with….instead I have a kitchen I love, the whole family do.  Seriously can’t thank them enough.  I’d recommend them 100%.” Click here to read more.

Debbie, Finchampstead

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Super Easy “Thanks – it was super easy working with you.  Much appreciated”.

Ellie Sugrue, Whitchurch-on-Thames

 

Excellent, Honest, Informative, Helpful and Reliable “Michael Aubrey provided me with structural calculations for openings in walls, including those for a major house extension.  It was very useful to be able to talk directly to a structural engineer over the phone and by email and Michael Aubrey’s service was an excellent, honest, informative, helpful and reliable.  I would recommend Michael Aubrey to colleagues and friends.”

Jonathan Clarke, Reading

 

Just Superb – I searched on Google and found 4-5 structural engineers in the area.  You were the third company I called and you could visit my property quickly, provide a structural report within 2-3 days.  You also advised that should my wall be found to not be load bearing, I wouldn’t have to pay the full fee.

We were looking to widen an opening to an existing archway.  We didn’t expect what was found, although I was aware we may need an RSJ.  It was a very quick turnaround, which meant our stress was reduced and we felt we were really pulled out of a hole.

Michael Aubrey Partnership stood out from their competitors as they were superb throughout the whole process and I was blown away by their help and support.  The stress, worry and panic was completely removed when the engineer visited and arrived early and explained everything to my wife very thoroughly and clearly.  My initial call to the office was also dealt with superbly.

The whole service was excellent, from the explanations to the speed you helped us, it was just brilliant.

We would recommend Michael Aubrey Partnership, as we received great advice and help from all concerned”.

David Kinch, Bracknell

 

Happy With The Service “Michael Aubrey Partnership calculated the steel needed for our wall removal and designed a solution for supporting a previously removed chimney breast.  Our drawings were completed ahead of time, so we were happy with the service from Michael Aubrey Partnership and would recommend them to colleagues and friends.”

Calvin Degun, Thatcham

Excellent Service “May I thank you and your guys for the excellent service”.

Phil Jackson, Wraysbury

 

Competitive And Local  “Michael Aubrey provided me with a detailed report for a load bearing wall.  The survey was easily arranged, the cost was competitive and Michael Aubrey were local. I would recommend Michael Aubrey to colleagues and friends.”

Deepak Shah, Reading

 

Quick Responses “We chose Michael Aubrey Partnership as they were recommended to us.  We were kept well informed, it was painless to get building regulations and we received quick responses to any questions.  Michael Aubrey Partnership provided us with the drawings needed to make our kitchen / dining room open plan.  A specific feature that we found useful, was the detail provided with the drawings and calculations.  We would recommended Michael Aubrey Partnership.”

Simon Watts, Farnborough

 

Swift Service “I found Michael Aubrey Partnership on the Institution of Structural Engineers website and there were good reviews online.   They have a professional website and provided good communication and a swift service for our plans to removal internal walls.  I would recommend Michael Aubrey Partnership to family and friends.”

Saj Sivanadarajah

 

Very Helpful “I chose Michael Aubrey Partnership as their website looked very professional and they were used to doing similar jobs.  I needed a structural design done for a load bearing wall removal and Michael Aubrey Partnership were very helpful.  Leigh-Ann has been amazing in helping me through the process and to get the results through very quickly.  It was good that Michael Aubrey Partnership submitted the calculation directly to the council and also getting a list of potential builders was good. I would recommend Michael Aubrey Partnership to colleagues and friends.”

Matthieu Charpy, Reading