Office Contact - 01484.461193                        Direct Contact - 07880661574                

 

      email: drhill@thewif.org.uk

 

Structural Engineering Design & Supervision

 

Building Surveys - Building Reports - Structural Surveys - Structural Reports - Architectural Drawings 

Structural Calculations (all forms of structures) - Project Managers - Building Engineering Designs 

Building Cost Estimators

 

Our Experienced Engineers are Qualified to MSc higher degree level, Chartered Engineers (CEng) and members of the Institution

of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Association of Building Engineers

 

Our Chartered Building Surveyors and Engineers also have over 30-years problem-free and peace-of-mind experience for our Clients and are Fellows

of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) - the highest award of 'Distinction' of the RICS and where out of a membership

of over 160,000 worldwide there are less than 4,000 Fellows

 

             

 Offices: 48 Market Street, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, HD3 4HY                      http://www.problem-free-building-adviser.org.uk                 

    

                          Huddersfield - Dewsbury - Kirklees - Leeds - Bradford                                   

        

 

 

  

 

 

Structural Engineering Design

 

 

The 'Practice' has been designing buildings and structures in engineering terms since its inception in 1987. Over those years we have designed a multitude of structural engineering components and systems. Therefore whether it is steel, reinforced concrete, masonry or timber you can be assured of a fast, efficient and cost-effective engineering designs.

 

This 'Practice' designs all structural engineering elements in,

 

  • Steel
  • Reinforced Concrete
  • Masonry
  • Timber

 

Specific elements or a combination of these elements includes,

 

  • Beams - for internal alteration projects and part of a structural frame for larger projects
  • Columns - for internal alteration projects and part of a structural frame for larger projects
  • Floors and beams 
  • Bracings
  • Connections and bolt systems

 

Specific types of buildings and structures include,

 

  • Residential houses and extensions
  • Industrial buildings (portal frames et al)
  • Buildings for redevelopment (such as apartment blocks etc)
  • Multi-storey structures
  • Retaining walls and support structures that are part of the main building
  • Institutional buildings such as schools and higher education establishments
  • Restaurants and leisure complexes
  • Retail outlets and supermarkets
  • Mosques and churches

 

The 'Practice' undertakes an integrated system of design and analyses the best value-for-money design alternatives. In this respect a change in the type of structural frame can save the client literally thousands of pounds, a far easier process than trying to save costs on site. This proactive system provides clients with best possible solution from the standpoint of structural design and economics.

 

 

H&S Employer Certification of the Suitability for a Working Environment

We also undertake checks on industrial premises to comply with H&S requirements for a working environment for employees. Indeed, if an employer changes the loadings within a building by imposing heavier loads on floors, columns and beams et al, there is a legal duty under H&S legislation that prior to employees working in the new heavier loaded area, that the structure be checked for possible failure. Compliance not to do so can lead to prosecution and imprisonment if found negligent of the employer.

Therefore employers should be aware of their duty of care towards employees in this respect for the safety of the environment in which they work.

 

Design Costs

As a single example of our structural engineering design costs, beam and padstone designs for local authority approval can cost as little as £75 if there are more than three elements to design.

 

 

 

Some recent Feedback/References from Clients and what they think of our Professional Practice and Services provided

 

 

Feedback 1

I had cause to use Dr Hill's services in 2012 when I needed a structural engineer's input for a substantial 2 storey extension to my home. His costs were in line with other quotes I had received, but I took a chance on him based on the references I had seen. 

 

His initial report was frankly too detailed and technical for me so I could not assess how good it was, although it concluded that all would be fine.  However, once building work had started, the inspectors from the council considered the existing foundations, and what they were built upon, to be inadequate for the load they would have to carry, and recommended underpinning to the tune of £40,000, which would have been too much for me. 

 

Dr Hill disagreed with them and argued his case vociferously insisting that from his extensive experience there was no issue. His confidence and experience led the inspectors to take his arguments seriously and they requested another report from him with further calculations showing that the additional load would be supported by the existing foundations. It also emerged that my property was built upon a concrete raft, and this together with his report meant that all could proceed as planned without additional cost.

 

I was particularly impressed by Dr Hill when I witnessed him arguing his case with the inspectors - not many others would have done so. I am convinced that his knowledge, experience and strong convictions, have saved me considerable expense. He is highly professional and supportive of his clients. 

 

In my long working career I have found that there are three main areas that people may be assessed at work: ethics, competence and commitment. From what I have seen of Dr Hill, he seems to pass all three. I shall be recommending him to others.

 

Ms. Asmat Ali

Government Education Adviser & Educationalist

Halifax - 8th December 2012

 

 

Feedback 2

"I retained Dr Hill in late 2011 for a large basement conversion that ran for over 8 months, and included underpinning and large internal steel supports.  Dr Hill's advice was valuable.

His pro-active forward thinking approach not only highlighted issues we had not considered but he was able to offer solutions that were more  cost affective. The quality and clarity of his reports (calculations) meant the contractors were able to get on with the job quickly and accurately saving me time and money."
 

Tasaddat Hussain

Barrister at Law - Lincoln's Inn  - 16 August 2012

(http://www.broadwayhouse.co.uk/members/profile/29/Tasaddat-Hussain)

 

 

Feedback 3

18 August 2012

 

Dr David Hill was one of two Building Surveyors recommended to us by our Solicitors when we were considering purchasing our bungalow. We were so impressed by Davidís pleasant yet professional manner even on the telephone that we immediately decided to use his services

without recourse to the other recommended Surveyor.

David undertook the survey promptly, efficiently and most professionally. His subsequent report to us was most  comprehensive being reinforced by first class photography of every aspect of his investigation. We raised a good number queries with him on various points of his report and he dealt with these fully, courteously and most patiently, advising us as to what remedial work was necessary and how it should be undertaken. His great range of knowledge and qualifications relating to every aspect of building and construction was very reassuring to us thus enabling us to feel confident that we were armed with a full and correct appraisal of the property we were contemplating buying. We will not hesitate to use his services again if the need arises nor will we hesitate to recommend him to any person, company

or organisation. 

 

The recommendation came from Helen Atkinson of Jordans Solicitors of Wellington Road, Dewsbury (01924 457171). She too is one of life's genuine people and a pleasure to deal with.

 

Roy and Barbara Wilcock

Gomersal 

 

 

Feedback 4

We got in touch with Dr David Hill after consulting a number of   
other structural engineers.  
We have found Dr Hill to be a blessing is disguise as without his  
knowledge and experience we would have struggled to get our 
project completed at the Mosque.  Dr Hill's design for the Mosque 
extension has received much praise from within the community and 
he will definitely be our first point of call for any future  
works.  He is extremely friendly and approachable and it has been 
a pleasure working with him.
 
Abdul Ali, 
Project Coordinator
Mosque Noor Huddersfield
18 August 2012
 
 

 Feedback 5

 I first contacted David when i had structural problems with a house i had already purchased. From the start David went above and  beyond my expectations. As a complete novice trying to deal with a number of issues I have definitely found that David has helped me through the whole of the renovation process. David has been available and contactable and given me great advice on the journey, I have recommended him to others already and will continue to do so.

 

Craig Wood

Managing Director

ERS International Group/and Property Purchaser

21 August 2012

 

 

Feedback 6

1. I had problems with a builder who presented himself as professional, attentive,

and competent. He later became deceitful and underhandedly controlling. The work became more extensive and his invoicing more misleading and confusing. The costs escalated. When we complained about some faulty work, he became evasive and denying responsibility and when I refused to pay him all the money, 

he threatened me with court action. Trading Standards and Consumer Protection agencies didnít help because it was so complex. I felt victimised and betrayed with no one able to help. I contacted Dr David Hill who was a Chartered

Building Surveyor.

 

I had asked Dr Hill to help me identify the faulty building works. Dr Hill made an independent assessment and analysis of the building works undertaken, I was surprised and grateful when he brought to my attention many things that I would not have been aware of myself, and found evidence that I had been grossly overcharged. I was trying hard to explain to Dr Hill the 18 months of complicated dealings that I had with the builder but he made it easy for me, it was then that I became aware, not only of Dr Hillís professional ability and expertise but also of the ease I had in communicating with him. He was assessing and prioritising the information he needed from me in order to complete his report, reiterating it back to me, always remaining fair and impartial. He was calm and I was aware that he was kind and understanding of my situation, I felt enormously relieved.

 

Dr Hill was consistently reliable and honest, never overstating or misleading. He explained much more than the standards of the building works to me. He explained my rights, simplified the legalities by explaining the court procedures and how to deal with the paperwork, time scales, which people to speak to and what to ask and tell them, whether I might need to consult a solicitor and for what reason. He made everything clear and pointed the way forward for me. He provided me with information, support and guidance, which lead me to the knowledge that I would be able to confidently fight this builder and if necessary go to court. In the end I did go to court, armed with Dr Hillís  report, knowing that if the case was to escalate further he would be able to act for me in court himself. It did not have to go further, the judge ruled in my favour after reading all the evidence.   

2.   I had two disputes ongoing at the same time, one with a builder which Dr Hillís report helped me to win and I did not have to pay the builder all the money he was demanding. The other was a boundary dispute with my neighbour.  The advice I received from Dr Hill helped me assess my actions accordingly. I knew that his considerable expertise was invaluable to me and enabled me to fight my case to a successful conclusion, this has made an enormous difference to what the alterative would have been.

 

Elayne Rushton

Marsden, Huddersfield

21 August 2012

 

 

Feedback 7

' A common sense approach backed up with expert advice ' .  

 

Sat Sandhu

Managing Partner

Sandhu Leisure LLP

23 August 2012

(comment made on a new redevelopment scheme at the Railway Hotel, Honley, Huddersfield)

 

 

 

Feedback 8

'I engaged Dr David Hill to provide structural calculations in respect of internal modifications to a semi detached house. The modifications involved removing load bearing walls and inserting load bearing beams. The work was carried out quickly, efficiently and professionally. The design and calculations are meticulous. In addition Dr Hill was always available to help with my further inquiries. I have no hesitation in recommending him.'


Graham Harston

11 Rippon Road

Sheffield, S64NE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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