Horizon can provide a broad range of engineering services to assist with your project, including:
Our engineers undertake designs in all construction materials, from the conventional concrete, steel, masonry and timber through to aluminium, glass and rammed earth.
In addition to designing to the current Eurocodes in the United Kingdom, our engineers have completed commissions throughout Europe including France, Switzerland and Germany utilising the local regulations. In addition to this, we have been commissioned to design structures using American and Indian Codes of Practice in areas of high seismic activity.
The practice formats its design methods depending of the size and complexity of the scheme to give the most cost effective solution for the client. Designs can be developed using BIM (Building Information Modelling) for the efficient transfer of information or the latest 3D software, which enables large structures to be economised and exported to suppliers. Our aim is to provide solutions that are sympathetic to the structure while being cost effective.
Our Chartered Engineers offer a wealth of experience in designing civil engineering structures, and they work closely with architects and surveyors to deliver timely, cost-effective results.
The team has worked on sites of all sizes, providing solutions to the relevant codes of practice, such as British Standards or Highway Specification. We have experience in utilising Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems to avoid discharge consents, as well as remediation systems to regenerate brown field sites.
Our team of engineers and technicians have a breadth of knowledge at dealing with the environmental aspects of engineering.
We are able to provide Level 1, 2 and 3 Flood Risk Assessments to satisfy planning conditions for developments varying from a single residential projects through to large commercial developments. Flood Risk Assessments will be developed and produced in line with the National Planning Policy Framework. The assessment will assess all relevant theoretical data, but will also use historical sources to produce the closest scenario possible. If a site wishes to gain Code For Sustainable Homes status, the Flood Risk design can generate points towards this.
Commencing with Phase 1 studies including walk over and desk study of historical data, our engineers can evaluate the risk of potential contamination both from the site or from its neighbours. If risks are highlighted from the Phase 1 study or for peace of mind, targeted in-situ testing can be undertaken and a Phase 2 report produced detailing the findings. Using this information, a remediation strategy can be produced. Our engineers will discuss this with the client, and taking due consideration for the end use and potential pathways, a specific remediation strategy will be produced. Allowing for the normal constraints, we would aim to avoid the routine 'dig and dump', preferring onsite methods such as encapsulation or treatment.
The aim of Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs) is to try and reduce the surface water runoff from a site, down to the level it would be if it was a green field site, or lower. This can be achieved in numerous ways including soakaways, ponds, permeable pavements, attenuation and so on. We would aim to produce the most cost effective solution at each specific site taking into account the clients preferences. In order to achieve this we undertake percolation tests in line with current standards to calculate the optimum solution. If a site wishes to gain Code For Sustainable Homes status, the SUD's design can generate points towards this.
At pre-planning or purchase stage, shortened combined versions of the above reports can be produced to highlight to a client the potential risks involved in a site and assist with negotiations of purchase.
Visual and non-intrusive, structural inspections are required in many circumstances, including property purchase or if a defect has been identified.
The range of properties that might be inspected varies from new builds with latent defects or subsidence issues through to barn conversions and historic buildings.
Our team of chartered engineers have a significant number of years experience inspecting properties across the UK, and in recommending cost efficient solutions where improvements need to be made. This can be executed in time scales to fit with mortgage requirements if necessary.
All buildings have an expected design life and when a building reaches this stage their structures can require detailed investigations. An investigation will highlight possible defects that can be rectified if necessary to ensure the building is suitable for future use and extend its life span.
The building boom of the 1970s produced a significant number of properties which have now come to the end of the expected design life. These buildings can continue to be developed, with their life expectancy extended, providing the defects inherent from this era are investigated and dealt with.
The regeneration of properties and ongoing maintenance of historic buildings has led to a wide range of investigation and repair techniques, including visual inspection, chemical analysis, strength tests, penetrating radar and micro gravity.
At Horizon Structures we can provide all of these to ensure buildings provide the required levels of health and safety.
The range of services we can offer our clients includes the design of temporary works where required. The construction of most types of permanent works will require some form of temporary works, and our engineers have a wealth of experience in designing solutions for these across the many sectors. We have undertaken schemes that have involved:
At Horizon Structures, our engineers have experience in designing a wide range of structures and can provide expert advice, plans and detailed designs as required. All designs will be configured to the current Codes of Practice such as National Access and Scaffolding Confederation guidelines, Eurocodes or Building Research Establishment guidelines and are supported by full and comprehensive calculations.