Rhodes & Partners launches new approval service for timber structures

North-west structural engineers Rhodes & Partners has launched a new service which provides a valuable sales aid for manufacturers of timber buildings and similar structures. The company now offers a full design and drawings package which confirms the design quality and structural performance of off-the-shelf, packaged or bespoke timber-frame buildings, such as barns, garages, stables and porches.

Rhodes & Partners’ Managing Director, Nick Ribbeck, explains:

“Having provided this type of support to a number of our existing clients, we decided to officially add it to the range of services we offer.”

“We found that timber frame manufacturers really value our input in this area. They told us that it really helps when they can show customers that their own design calculations and drawings have been verified by an independent, professionally qualified third party. The manufacturers can thus assure customers that their oak, other hardwood and softwood buildings conform to the structural requirements of current Building Regulations, British Standards and Eurocodes.  Customer confidence increases, easing the sales process and enhancing the manufacturers’ reputation.”

The verification process can be tailored to each manufacturer’s individual requirements. In addition to the design of generic packaged or off-the-shelf structures, the service from Rhodes & Partners can be extended to include the site location, altitude and physical exposure of a specific installation. This establishes the likely wind and weather conditions it will be subjected to, and the consequent wind and snow loadings the structure needs to accommodate in order to comply with regulations.

Where required, Rhodes and Partners can add to this new service by also designing any associated elements which are required for individual projects, such as ground slabs, foundations, basements, retaining walls, drainage or party wall arrangements.

Rhodes & Partners – which received the accolade of ‘Property & Construction Business of the Year’ at a recent awards ceremony – provides a full range of structural and civil engineering services for both small and large projects in the residential and commercial sectors. It also works with architects, fabricators, contractors and local authorities on projects involving specialist structures such as bridges, portal frames, shelters and balustrade systems.