Page category: Building Regulations

Building Regulations Package

The building regulations package will ensure compliance with the following Building Regulations. Approved Document A (Structure) The structural design covers the foundations, ground floor slab, walls, walls removal, sizes and supports for new steel beams or steel frames (e.g. goal posts or box frames), lintels specification, joists sizes spacing and layout (for floors and roofs), [...]

Regularisations of lofts and extensions

Some extensions and lofts were carried out without building regulations approval. Putting aside the fact that owner may be prosecuted, the process to get the works approved by Building Control is called “regularisation”. A regularisation application is a retrospective application relating to previously unauthorised works i.e. works carried out without building regulations consent, started on [...]

Foundations near trees

As our buildings are almost always built next to existing trees, the design has to consider the impact of trees on foundations. Although this impact is understood and clear guidance on it is set out in NHBC Guidance, we are finding that this issue is occasionally ignored by builders and overlooked by clients. Building Inspectors [...]

Loft Conversions

Beta Design Consultants include architectural and structural engineers who can advise Clients on common design considerations when converting a loft: Ceiling height and available headroom following the conversion Access and ideal location of stairs Services and location of boiler Lighting issues and positioning of skylights if allowed (some Conservation Areas place restrictions on loft conversions [...]

Box Frame or Goal Posts?

The use of steel is essential in all structural modifications. Its use allows Structural Engineers and Builders to achieve Clients requirements of spanning across openings. Sometimes adding a steel beam is not sufficient and steel goal posts or a box frame is required. This page tries to answer frequently asked questions regarding the use of [...]

Openings in External Walls

Beta Structural Engineers can offer Clients advice when creating an opening in an external wall. Box frame installed in Ealing to create open plan kitchen. Box frame installed in Harrow to create open plan kitchen Box frame installed in Ealing to create open plan kitchen-diner Double box frames installed in Ealing to create open plan [...]

Openings in Internal Walls

Beta Structural Engineers can offer Clients advice and detailed structural design creating an opening in a load bearing (structural) wall. Removal of internal load-bearing structural walls (spine wall and cross wall), using RSJ on padstones Rossdale Drive, Brent Removal of internal load-bearing structural wall (cross wall), Avondale Drive, Richmond using RHS steel beam on padstones [...]