HOW WE WORK
At Jackson Church we understand that what might be a small project to your builder, like taking out a structural wall, is a Grand Design to you and we can help make the process as straightforward as possible. We will attend site to assess whether a wall is structural (i.e. load bearing), then advise on options to support the loads which will allow the wall to be removed. Once we have decided on the best solution for your home or business we will provide a full calculation package for submission to Building Control with drawings and details to enable your builder to carry out the works.
For projects such as renovations, conversions and new builds we will work from your Architect's plans. We will advise which elements are structural and provide a full calculation package for submission to Building Control with drawings and details to enable your builder or contractor to carry out the works. If you don’t have any plans ready we can point you in the direction of someone locally who can help.
All structural works to your home or business, whether a renovation or new build, will require Building Control approval. Our wide range of experience includes:
– Wall removals
– Knock throughs
– Chimney removals
– Loft conversions
– Barn conversions
– New build housing
– Commercial and Industrial extensions
– Commercial and Industrial conversions
– Change of use/refurbishments
– Retaining Structures
– Freestanding walls
FOR HOME BUYERS
We can arrange a site visit to inspect structural issues highlighted by your homebuyer report or Building Surveyor. We provide a written report advising the significance of the issues and what action, if any, is required.
FOR HOME OWNERS OR BUSINESS OWNERS
We can carry out site visits to inspect cracking/ bulging/leaning structures, damaged structures or those falling into disrepair with the aim of identifying the cause and extent of damage and recommending remedial works. We can then provide a written report with drawings and details for your works.
Alison Church, our principle engineer, is a Chartered Structural Engineer and member of the Engineering Council. She has over ten years' experience in designing structures of all shapes, sizes and materials.
Alison graduated from Newcastle University School of Civil Engineering with a First Class Honours Degree. She carried out her initial graduate training at global engineering leader Arup and has worked at a number of consultancies in the region and beyond. Alison's design experience covers all common structural materials and construction types, ranging from the smallest lintel replacement to some of the largest projects in the North East, including converting existing buildings into new spaces for commercial and residential uses.
If you're planning a home project, the IStructE has some useful advice for potential clients.
As a client who has construction work carried out, whether it is on your home or business, you have legal responsibilities under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. This HSE website explains everything you need to know.
If you want to carry out any building work near or on your shared property boundary, or ‘party wall’, in England and Wales you will need to notify your neighbours. More information is available at this government website