Services – Approach

Introducing our Services

Structural Engineering

We offer best-in-class Structural Engineering across a range of industry sectors. By combining creativity with technical know-how we can improve the structural performance of designs in order to optimise aesthetics, make efficiencies in cost, time and quality in order to Materialise the true potential of a project.

With the right materials, techniques and construction methods we can realise the vision of an architect and provide adaptable, long-life buildings.

Furthermore, we challenge ourselves to find solutions that will last and make a positive Impact upon the planet through a commitment to repurpose and retain landmark existing structures as much as possible – or by building with innovative, low carbon approaches.

  • Building structures
  • Heritage structures
  • Building retrofit
  • Low carbon structures
  • Modern methods of construction
  • Parametric design
  • Bridges and Infrastructure
  • Basements
  • Temporary works
  • Building envelope
  • Timber engineering
  • Expert witness
  • Tall buildings
  • Strategic advice
  • Masterplanning

Civil Engineering

We provide a full range of Civil Engineering services across industry sectors, advising on anything from heritage restoration and transport networks to bridge building and water systems.

In short, we ensure the ground of a project can cope with the buildings, activities and communities that sit upon and around it.

With a combination of technical and creative thinking, we design structures that meet the desired outcome for clients in terms of cost, safety, reliability, durability and energy efficiency.

  • Sustainable drainage strategies
  • Flood risk assessments
  • Foul sewerage assessments
  • Swept path analysis
  • Cut and fill analysis
  • Site-wide level designs
  • Strategic infrastructure advice and Master-planning

Sustainability

Beyond delivering excellent sustainable capability to each project, we now offer Sustainability as a Strategic Consultancy in order to strengthen our Impact further.

We have focused on embodied carbon for many years and know how to comprehensively assess embodied carbon in our structures, but this doesn't go far enough. We believe being involved in early decisions is where we can make real Impact with greater returns.

The challenge of sustainability requires broader thinking than just a creative response, so we always consider economics, legislation and policy as other keys to unlock the problems. It’s why we also work collaboratively with other practices, academia and research institutions.

You can read more about our Sustainability Services here

  • Planning Reports and Certifications
  • Circular Economy & Reuse
  • Carbon assessments
  • Corporate strategy for net zero
  • Climate resilience and adaptation

Transport

Transport services combine our expertise in planning and design to advise on all transport aspects of a development, from the initial feasibility study through to completion.

Importantly, we examine how people use a building, how they get there and whether it can support the demographic. This allows landowners to improve access and enhance the value of their assets.

By devising cost-effective, environmentally-friendly strategies with new technologies, we can minimise capital and operational costs and assist negotiations with planning and transport authorities, to achieve timely and successful planning consents.

  • Transport masterplanning
  • Feasibility studies / Site access appraisals
  • Transport assessments
  • Transport statements
  • Delivery and servicing plans
  • Construction logistics plans
  • Travel plans
  • Car and cycle parking studies
  • Environmental statements
  • Public consultation
  • Highway and Public Realm Design

Adding value through BIM

  • We have a simple approach to BIM, one that seeks to remove any ambiguity from the BIM process. We advise on the correct BIM approach for your project, outline the required strategy for the team and support your team to achieve the desired project outcomes.

  • When materials captured in building models are modelled accurately, we can explore how existing materials on a site can either be kept in situ, re-used elsewhere on the site, or recycled to be re-used elsewhere in construction, rather than downcycled into lower grade materials or even worse, landfill.

  • Modelling in 3D allows the team greater visibility of potential risks. H&S information can be automatically tabulated to allow the project team to review, assess and communicate the hazards and risks associated with the project more effectively.

  • Sharing information is intrinsic to BIM, creating a common data environment where project information is housed, improving the way information is shared and managed during the design and construction phases.

  • A Digital Twin is a realistic digital representation of a physical asset. Changes and new ideas are tested on the Digital Twin to measure the effect that they may have on the real world. Testing on the digital before the physical means that action can be taken to save time, cost and minimise disruption for everyone involved on a project.

  • We work with leading surveying companies to provide a detailed survey scope that will consider all forms of geospatial survey requirements, including topographical and measured building surveys, underground utility and tunnel surveys as well considering how drone technology, point clouds, and photogrammetry models can be utilised on your project.

  • BIM supports a strategy for whole-life thinking, taking account of operational and cost requirements and futureproofing. It can be used for facilities management, to link maintenance and operational planning systems and inform capital and lifecycle costs.

  • Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) include a range of offsite manufacturing and onsite techniques that provide alternatives to traditional construction methods. By modelling buildings early, MMC can be considered, from whole homes being constructed from factory-built volumetric modules, through to the use of innovative techniques for laying concrete blockwork onsite.

  • The BIM Coordinator role is key in the smooth running of projects. Our team ensures collaboration and stakeholder engagement from the start, working with the project team to determine objectives and offer advice throughout the BIM process.

Digital

Our Digital services, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) have helped revolutionise information sharing – enabling project teams to collaborate and communicate seamlessly and efficiently.

While the benefits in relation to risk management, productivity, construction time scales and cost savings make a clear case for its use throughout the project lifecycle, BIM is also a powerful tool that can drive our industry towards achieving net-zero carbon targets and a circular economy in construction. It is an important catalyst for change in our efforts to understand how to do better things for the planet and encourage the use of sustainable materials and construction methods.

We are strategic partners of the UK BIM Alliance and also chair the Institute of Structural Engineers BIM Panel. Our in-house specialist BIM team provides the full range of services to allow project teams to make well-informed decisions faster, achieve more efficient and effective designs and deliver buildings that can be built and managed more sustainably.

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