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.
Alison has experience in sustainable and Passivhaus design and Jackson Church has recently signed up to Engineers Declare with the aim of helping domestic clients reduce their project carbon footprint.
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Joseph Shepherd, Director, JJS Architecture
"Alison is very knowledgeable, articulates her ideas very clearly and is an all round easy person to work with. Her drawings communicate her designs comprehensibly, she is very quick to reply to emails and always available to talk in person or on the phone. What more do you want?!“
Bill and Pat Latimer
“Alison recently performed a Structural on a bungalow for us. We were very impressed with her approach, her professionalism and the quality and clarity of her subsequent report. We would highly recommend Alison."
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Jackson Church is a Structural Engineering firm, based in North East England, specialising in structural design of alterations and extensions for residential properties, small industrial and commercial buildings. We pride ourselves in creating bespoke structural solutions that are simple to build from easily sourced materials,
making your build easy and cost effective.
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.
If you're planning a home project, the IStructE has some useful advice for potential clients.
If you're planning a loft conversion, the IStructE has produced a document about when to talk to a Structural Engineer and how they can improve your project.
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