When carrying out any building work to – or even near – a party wall, property owners are legally required to inform their neighbours. To avoid disputes arising, a party wall agreement should be made. Here’s everything you need to know about them.
Over the past several months, we’ve been delighted to have been featured a number of times in the press: discussing a range of topics affecting the engineering and construction industry, sharing advice, and showcasing some of our exciting projects.
According to a study conducted by the Institution of Civil Engineers, around half of the work undertaken by civil engineers in the developed world involves working with and around existing structures or brownfield sites. As an engineering consultancy based in Central London, we understand that some of the reasons behind this could involve the costs, or lack of sufficient building space required to build elsewhere. As a result, engineers like us enlist a range of techniques and approaches when working on these projects to ensure they retain their value and exceed expectations. All of these techniques do well to highlight the growing role historical research is playing in the engineering sector.
The UK recently marked Flood Action Week 2020 – a campaign to raise awareness of the risks floods pose to communities and provide timely advice on the steps individuals should take if they live in an area at risk of flooding. This year, floods could have a particularly devastating impact as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – and subsequent social distancing guidelines – could mean that recovery from flooding will be even more complicated than usual.
We’re back with another instalment of our Project Spotlight series, which showcases the projects we’re currently working on and the engineering techniques involved. In this instalment, we’re delighted to share with you our work at St Dunstan’s College where we’re helping to deliver the civil and structural engineering design of the school’s new junior school, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Centre, and Sixth Form Hub.
It’s no secret that as an industry, we have a long way to go when it comes to tackling waste. Contributing around 50,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year, the construction sector is the UK’s second largest producer of plastic waste, and comes only second to the packaging industry. Whilst these statistics are alarming, we know from our work with a wide range of clients, contractors and construction workers that there remains a steadfast commitment to championing greener building practices on site, and to share knowledge on the ways this can tangibly be achieved.
Whilst every project we work on is a special and significant undertaking, education projects present us with a particularly unique opportunity. Studies have found that well-designed classrooms could potentially boost students’ learning by up to 16%; making any school design a crucial one to get right. With a view of fostering students’ learning to the best of our abilities, engineers and architects must also strive to meet the diverse needs of a range of stakeholders in the process: including governments, councils, teachers and, of course, students. With these needs evolving with every school year, education design must inevitably do so too.
At Lyons O’Neill, we love the opportunity to breathe new life into a development. Whilst every renovation comes with its own unique challenges and opportunities, the process required to transform a listed or historic building in particular requires a special level of respect and attention to be paid to the original structure. To many, these buildings represent more than just bricks and mortar, and our experience with this type of building has meant that we’re well versed in the techniques needed to ensure the balance between cultural value and modern functionality is always met.
As engineers, we have spent the past few months acclimatising to the challenges social distancing measures have presented us with, and have carefully considered the kind of service our clients may require during this period. As part of this process, we have closely observed the rising demand for prefabricated, temporary works schemes. The demand is linked to the immediate need for temporary healthcare facilities, such as the NHS Nightingale Hospitals, and poses the question: should we expect a sustained interest in these integrated services post-Covid?