Residential Services

Completing a home improvement project or a self build can be a daunting prospect and leave you feeling uncertain about what is needed. At M² we are here to help. We have answered some commonly asked questions below, however if you are still in any doubt please give us a call and we will be happy to talk through your project requirements.

Why do I need a structural engineer and what do they do?

You may need a structural engineer when carrying out a renovation or making changes to your home that could affect the stability of your property. A structural engineer can work with your building contractor and architect by offering vital information that is indispensable to the renovation process, including structural drawing and calculations. Essentially, any project that alters the structure of the building or requires building control approval will require the expertise of a structural engineer.
A structural engineer my also be required in the event that there is any damage or defects to your property. A structural engineer will inspect and comment on the issues and provide you with appropriate solutions to remedy the problems

When is Building Control Required

According to “Some kinds of building projects are exempt from the regulations, however generally if you are planning to carry out ‘building work’ as defined in regulation 3 of the building regulations, then it must comply with the building regulations. This means that the regulations will probably apply if you want to:”


The erection or extension of a building
The installation or extension of a service or fitting which is controlled under the regulations
An alteration project involving work which will temporarily or permanently affect the ongoing compliance of the building, service or fitting with the requirements relating to structure, fire, or access to and use of buildings
The insertion of insulation into a cavity wall
The underpinning of the foundations of a building
Work affecting the thermal elements, energy status or energy performance of a building.

What Should I expect from a Structural Engineer?

Upon receiving an enquiry our first port of call is to have a discussion with our clients to ascertain exactly what they require.
Once this has been established, we can provide a fee quotation
for the works.
Upon appointment we begin the works, this may require a site visit.
We work closely with our clients and their other appointed professionals (ie architect, contractor etc.) to ensure that our solutions are not only adequate, but the most economic and simple possible.

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