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December 1, 2016

UNDERTAKING ANY TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION, WHETHER IT’S A COMPLETE NEW BUILD, A RENOVATION OR A CONVERSION REQUIRES A TEAM OF EXPERTS TO NOT JUST GET THE JOB DONE, BUT ALSO ENSURE THAT THE SITE IS ALWAYS SAFE.

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Knowing which team of experts you need and when you need them is the key to a stress free project. In this blog post we’re going to explain what Architects, Structural Engineers and Surveyors do and when you need to bring them on board.

Now, all three are likely to be involved in all aspects of your project, however each will be looking with very different eyes. The Architect will be looking from the perspective of aesthetics, how does the building look? Structural Engineers will be considering the strength and stability of the project and a Surveyor will be interested in the value and use of land.

The Architect

Architects have long been considered the ‘Chief’ of the building site. Architects go through years of training which is largely still based around an analysis of the appearance, functionality and spaces within the building. But, not only does the Architect consider the look and feel of the building, they are also often the ‘Lead Consultant’ meaning they oversee the activity of not only the builders but also all the other professionals on site. But of course, as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility, meaning that ultimately the Architect is responsible for every aspect of the work.

If your building project needs aesthetic consideration and the use of space, then you are likely to need an Architect.

The Structural Engineer

As we stated before, Structural Engineers are interested in the strength and stability of a structure. Making sure a building stays standing forever is their primary aim. Structural Engineers are interested in the solid sections between the Architects spaces, like the floors, walls and ceilings.

Structural Engineers are also the best designers of temporary works, these are parts of the build that get removed once the project is finished, hence the term temporary.

There are many other types of engineers that you may need on your project (electrical, civil, mechanical and even technical.) The one thing that all engineers have in common is the use of science to solve real world problems.

If you need help with strength and stability of a building, then you need a Structural Engineer.

The Surveyor

There are many different types of Surveyor needed on a project, here are the most common;

Building Surveyor – Simple building designs, direct building works and identify any defects.
Quantity Surveyor – Calculate the value of the building work.
Land Surveyor – Produce accurate plans of any existing property, sites and buildings.
Party Wall Surveyors – Specialise in the laws regarding party walls.
There are a whole host of other Surveyors that you may need throughout your build so there is no doubt that at one stage or another you will need a Surveyor.

As you can see, each of these professionals have very different roles. Here at GSE we’re expert Structural Engineers and make the perfect partner. We work with a huge number of Architects and Surveyors to ensure your build runs as smoothly as possible.

Talk to one of our team today to find out how we can make sure your building stays standing for years to come!