£15 million Mill Redevelopment Scheme – Elland, West Yorkshire
A structural engineering practice determined that the existing second floor cast-iron columns of a major Mill redevelopment scheme were not structurally acceptable. The cost of taking out these columns that supported the internal structure and replacing them with modern steel columns was in the order of £250,000.
The developer decided to obtain a second opinion and where this practice was approached to do just that.
When this practice checked the structural calculations, that had condemned the existing cast-iron columns and determined that these cast-iron columns would be structurally unstable if used, it was found that the project engineers had calculated the wrong slenderness ratio. Our checking determine that the columns, other that being unsafe, were actually safe.
Thus a saving of a massive £250,000 for the client.
Foundation Subsidence on a Large and New Detached Property – Todmorden
Two separate and unconnected engineers, one a civil engineer and the other a structural engineer, determined that a large stone built property that had suffered isolated subsidence at one of its corners needed the whole of the foundations underpinning to the property and piling respectfully. The remedial costs for each so-called solution was in the order of £150,000 and £350,000 respectfully. The client, a developer, decided to obtain a third opinion on the matter, which was this practice and where we determined that neither was required and where the remedial costs were only in the order of £35,000, a massive saving of up to £315,000 on what others had recommended. This remedial work has now been completed for over three years without any further failures and where in accordance with our professional experience, there will not be any.
Large Divisional Group’s Re-Centralization of Operations - Huddersfield
A large division of a FTSE 250 Public Company centralised its operations to rationalise its operations and to reduce costs. The traditional way of undertaking the major building works was initially pursued by the client, but two things were against such a method of building.
1. The projected costs of over £3 million in current value worth was 50% over the budget allocated by the main board.
2. The work had to be undertaken quickly, as divisional sales of the existing buildings had been sold and the operations had to move like yesterday.
This practice was consulted and where the client engaged our services.
The outcome was that the works were completed within a very tight programme and the construction works were within the main board’s financial allocation - a massive saving in the order of £1.5 million in today’s values.
New Factory Re-Development for a Divisional Group Company of a medium-sized Public Company - Biggleswade
A Sheffield based PLC acquired a factory in Biggleswade which required a multi-million pound refurbishment project undertaking. Both speed of build to undertake operations quickly to commence making profits and pay-back to the PLC and investment were at a limited premium.
This practice was consulted and appointed by the Group Managing Director.
The outcome was that the factory opened prior to the programmed time and costs were slashed by a massive 43%.
Cellar/Basement Conversions (several) – West Yorkshire
Deep voids under existing ground floors and existing cellars/basements with low floor to ceiling heights are an untapped financial resource that can add tens of thousands to an existing property value, with comparatively low client investment. Indeed creating a further residential level on a property usually adds proportionately at the same square metre price of new floor area as that of the existing valuation of a property per square metre. Added to this if an existing family wishes to increase its occupational area, a cellar/basement conversion/construction, is a very viable situation. Other reasons could be that a landlord wishes to increase his letting area at a far lower cost than building an extension.
But, our system of cellar/basement conversions is different to all others and reduces costs substantially, as we do not undertake expensive underpinning to foundations currently costing in excess of £1,000 per linear metre and usually the main cost in cellar redevelopments.
Indeed, we save at least 25% on conventional cellar/basement conversions through our innovative approach that is unique to our designs.
Major Settlement Problem of a Large Mansion Property – Batley, West Yorkshire
A major insurance group were the insurers of a large property in Batley. The property concerned had suffered major settlement problems that had to be rectified eventually at a total cost of around £315,000. But due to the incompetence by the appointed consulting engineers (one practice initially from Leeds and one thereafter from Huddersfield), the property was not rectified for 4-years and not until this practice became involved.
The problem was that the engineering practices from both Leeds and Huddersfield totally misunderstood and underestimated the problem through wrong engineering assessments.
In this respect the first set of engineers due to their incompetence were not paid for their services by the insurance company. The second consultancy tried to say that the problem was due to tree root systems and where the client stated to this consultancy that he saw the particular engineer in question, place roots within an inspection area that had been taken from the outside for photographic evidence to try and prove his case. This was to basically fool the insurer and confirm what his report had stated concerning the problem and where it was due to the tree root systems and nothing more.
But the real problem was that both consultancies had not identified that there was a major ‘fault’ line that ran directly under the property in question. None of their investigations, although the information was there if they had undertaken their work diligently, uncovered this fact.
When this practice became involved, the client was in the process of instructing solicitors and barristers (his nephew was a qualified barrister and had advised the client) to put the matter in the High Courts (Construction and Technology Courts) for claims of negligence against the insurance group.
It was only with this practice’s intervention that this did not proceed and where the insurance group would have lost its case, due to the negligent actions of its appointed engineers. This would have cost the insurer at least £1 million in court costs and compensation awards. Therefore this practice through its remedies and professional actions, conservatively saved the insurance group over £600,000.
Note that the names of all clients for the listed projects within this section, will be released upon request to all prospective clients.
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Movement of Factory Crane from Leeds to Rotherham for a Large Glazing Group
A Leeds based glazing group required the main factory overhead cranes to be moved to a new portal framed building in Rotherham. Conventional design required usually the construction of new reinforced concrete bases. The cost of these and auxiliary construction works was in the order of £20,000. This practice was contacted through recommendation of a past client to see if the existing 250mm thick reinforced concrete floor could act as foundations for the crane’s columns. After site investigations, reviewing design and specification information at the time of construction and structurally analysing the situation, it was determined that the design of larger base-plates, more and larger foundation bolts, would allow the crane’s frame to be erected upon the existing 40N concrete floor. The total cost including labour, materials and plant in providing the enlarged and thicker plates including more and larger diameter foundation bolts was in the order of £5,000; a direct saving for the client of around £15,000.
Builder Who was Wrongly Accused of Inferior Building Work – Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
A long established builder that had completed a large country extension and partial renovation project was accused of undertaking inferior building works. The essence of this claim was that the extension was allowing water to enter into the property through the walls and other areas. The claim by the builder's client (who was pursuing the action) was undertaken by a large international group of architects and surveyors, part of one of the world’s largest consultancies. This international group was supported in its actions by the UK’s primary research laboratories for the building industry.
Our practice undertook the successful defence of the action against this international group who were led by a highly qualified surveyor with two masters degrees and several professional memberships. The reason, the problem was not one of the ingress of water through faulty work but a case of extreme condensation caused by the life-style of the occupants. Many things pointed to this and where the first was that the property was not serviced by natural gas but via storage vessels. Another was that the occupants of the property constantly ran the property with the heating at a very high ambient temperature. These two components together provided the ideal conditions for walls to run profusely with moisture on a constant basis and where the thick cold stone walls of the existing property added to this major environmental problem.
If the builder has lost his argument/case, that was provided by this practice, the extension would have most probably been demolished by another builder and rebuilt. The legal costs in the Construction and Technology Courts (High Court) together with the rebuilding costs and probable compensation costs would have cost the builder in excess of £175,000 (at today's values).
Therefore this practice through its knowledge prevented a total miscarriage of justice to occur and also the saving for the builder of at least £175,000.
General Comment about Financial savings for our Clients by this Practice:
The ten examples outline the financial diversity savings for clients by using our integrated services (and which is based upon true and applied knowledge) we believe. Indeed, where other consultant architectural and engineering practices look to basic solutions, we find innovative cost-effective solutions for our clients. In this respect, this hands-on experience and knowledge that has been gained over the last four decades by our founder and the last 25-years by the practice, gives our consultancy unprecedented benefits for clients we believe that are proven by our performance and where these professional skills are not usually found in the run-of-the-mill consultancy practices; no matter how large they may be. For in this respect it is the calibre and quality of the person working directly for you that really counts and not the size of the company that you employ.
But overall, the only way to realise this is to use our services like others have done in the past and see for yourself.