When you build a side extension you will usually need to knock through a load bearing wall, or remove structural elements of a building. A Structural Engineer’s calculations are needed to ensure that the RSJs (steel beams) used in the new side extension meet with Building Regulations requirements.
When building most extensions a structural steel beam, or more often, several of them, are needed to support the original building. Using a structural steel beam can also improve the extension in several ways including:
- Increasing the area of the extension
- Allowing the removal of any pillars, piers or other obstructions from the new extension
- Allowing for large and longer windows to be installed in the extension
We will be able to advise you if you need an engineer and recommend a suitable engineer for your extension if needed.