EXPERT VIEW: Sound advice on structural engineering

NEW figures from the Halifax have laid bare the soaring demand for controversial basement conversions.
It found that the number of planning applications for these fashionable schemes increased from 1,084 in 2012 to 3,064 in 2016 – a 183% rise.
Although the trend for subterranean living is predominately London-based, the demand for extra room extends nationwide, writes our Director of Structural Engineering Noor Awan in our latest our Expert View blog.
The Halifax’s analysis also showed that the number of planning applications for extensions shot up by 49% and loft conversions by 43% over the same period.
Structural engineering is integral to these schemes, whether it is the rich and famous installing cinemas and swimming pools in their basements or families adding an extra bedroom in the roof.
A reputable, experienced and professional firm of chartered surveyors may have its own in-house qualified structural engineer to help.
He or she will be able to provide specialist advice and support on all kinds of issues, including the structural stability of a building itself and its adjoining or adjacent properties, as well as ensuring plans meet building regulations.
Indeed, some councils now require a detailed engineering statement to support planning applications for basement conversions.
Additionally, structural engineers can also offer professional support with creative solutions for modern buildings, appraisals and reports, structural steelwork designs, engineering calculations, technical solutions and health and safety compliance.
The principles remain the same whether for residential projects or larger commercial or public sector contracts nationwide. At McAndrew Martin, we have our own Structural Engineering division which is intergral to the success of many of our projects from smaller regional schemes to major contracts nationwide.
It dovetails neatly with our other directorates – Architecture, Building Surveys, General Practice (including party wall work), Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Project Management and Contract Administration – whilst also delivering added value for clients and helping us to provide the best service and professional solutions.
Cutting corners can only lead to disaster as the owners of some basement conversions have discovered when their multi-million pound house has collapsed around them.
MCANDREW MARTIN – PROFESSIONAL SOLUTIONS BY DESIGN

NEW figures from the Halifax have laid bare the soaring demand for controversial basement conversions. It found that the number…

11th June 2024

Is your supply chain secure?

Disruption of critical infrastructure is becoming more and more prevalent with hackers targeting UK Government departments directly, with recent high profile and high impact attacks on the NHS (link) and UK MOD Payroll (link). Whilst the obvious targets would seem to be in the defence environment, hackers are looking to…
4th June 2024

McAndrew Martin proudly supports Thomas Bennett CC Fundraiser

McAndrew Martin proudly supports Thomas Bennett CC Fundraiser for St Catherine’s Hospice At McAndrew Martin, we believe in supporting our local communities. Recently, we were approached by our client, BAM FM, with a request to support the inspiring children of Thomas Bennett CC about sponsoring their efforts to raise funds…
28th May 2024

Empowering Future Engineers: Max Marshall inspires students at TBS, Ascension Island

At McAndrew Martin, we believe in nurturing curiosity and inspiring the next generation of engineers. Recently, our very own graduate engineer, Max Marshall, visited TBS (Two Boats School) on Ascension Island to engage with Year 11 students, to shed light on the fascinating realm of structural engineering. Max, who has…
23rd April 2024

Mc Andrew Martin Limited has been awarded a place on the Framework for Worldwide Electrical Inspection & Testing Programme

We are delighted to announce that following a rigorous tender process, Mc Andrew Martin Limited has been awarded a place on the Framework for Worldwide Electrical Inspection & Testing Programme in the Asia region covering a range of FCDO assets in some highly prestigious countries such as Hong Kong, Malaysia…
15th April 2024

A Glimpse into the Minds of our winners of the McAndrew Martin Ltd Staff Awards

As we celebrate the successes of the past year at MML, it’s time to recognise the outstanding individuals who have played a pivotal role in our achievements. Today, we have the privilege of hearing from some of our award winners as they share their thoughts and reflections. Lee Sergeant –…
4th April 2024

Bastion Protects as Partner of the Year

At our recent End of FY Presentation event, MML were delighted to invite our trusted partner Bastion Protects and present them with the award for MML’s Partner of the Year.Over the past 12 months, MML and Bastion Protects have joined forces on over 100 projects throughout the UK, consistently surpassing…
4th April 2024

McAndrew Martin Ltd completes MBO, backed by private equity firm Roycian Ltd

Roycian, the Private Equity firm backed by a portfolio of private investors and family offices, completes £7million MBO of specialist property services business, McAndrew Martin Ltd. Founded in 1989 by Bill McAndrew, McAndrew Martin is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary property services business, with its headquarters in Cosham, Hampshire. The business provides…
21st March 2024

Welcoming Dave Sykes as Director of Security

McAndrew Martin Ltd is excited to announce that David Sykes has joined our team as Director of Security to lead our new Security consultancy business. With 22 years in the British Army in security and intelligence roles, and a further 11 years supporting blue chip clients in UK, Dave brings a wealth…
13th March 2024

McAndrew Martin Ltd.’s Inaugural Staff Awards Ceremony

The inaugural Staff Awards Ceremony, hosted at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel, marked a significant milestone in McAndrew Martin Ltd.’s history. Employees gathered for an afternoon dedicated to celebrating staff members’ efforts and providing crucial updates on the company’s direction. Here’s a brief recap of the afternoon: Bill McAndrew, our founder,…