Common areas where we are
commissioned to provide engineer's reports are:-
Point of sale reports on
domestic and occasionally commercial buildings where a surveyor's or
valuer's report has highlighted specific structural defects e.g.
cracking or distortion of walls where specialist advice is required.
Planning reports giving
advice on suitability of the structure of existing buildings for
conversion to other uses e.g. barn conversions.
reports giving specific advice on detailed structural recommendations
required to comply with Building Regulations when the use of a building
is changed e.g. from agricultural to residential.
We are often asked by the owners
of buildings for advice on what is required to deal with specific
building defects which can range from cracking, wall, floor and roof
distortions to decay of structural elements etc.
In these cases there is no substitute for a detailed systematic
investigation of the building in order to isolate the cause or causes
of the problem, and when this has been determined to come up with a
practical scheme, where possible, to put the problem right.
Causes of defects investigated have ranged widely from timber decay,
sulphate attack of concrete floors and brick walls, corrosion of
embedded metalwork, poorly designed roofs, poorly altered buildings
(far more common than you might think) and poorly built buildings (some
going back to the 18th century). This is an interesting area where
there is always something new to discover.
Some defects e.g. subsidence and sometimes loss due to escape of water
are covered under most building's insurance policies and usually these
are investigated by the insurance companies own engineers or by loss
adjusters appointed by them. In our experience some of these
investigations are not carried out with an appropriate degree of detail
and on occasions getting a second opinion from an independent
investigator can be useful. We can provide this service.