A 30 year landmark has just
passed for a specialist civil and structural engineering consultancy.
Now based in Woodbridge at The Salt House, Tide Mill Way, the business
was originally launched in 1974 from the home of founder, Graham
Robertson, in Little Bealings. With his wife, Audrey, the business grew
into premises at Little Bealings railway station and eventually
expanded to its present site 10 years ago.
Specialist skills are an intrinsic part of this type of engineering,
where design proficiency and a knowledge of the science of materials go
hand in hand. Typically the firm would provide technical backup to
architects and building designers who may require anything from site
surveys to check foundation conditions or in-depth calculations and
drawings of complex structures. This service can involve providing data
for the sizes of lintels or piers for supporting work, stabilising
floors or designing roof structures etc. Work is also carried out
directly for larger clients, for instance local hospitals and schools,
and plan checking for local authorities.
The structural aspects of building restoration work and alterations to
existing buildings is also a speciality - Woodbridge's Shire Hall is
one current project, conversion of the existing New Street Woodbridge
County Primary School building into a new Woodbridge Library is
another. Experience in historic buildings includes timber framed
structures and barn conversions. The company, however, can also design
and advise on the structure of new timber framed buildings either by
providing design calculations and details or in addition undertaking
detailed fabrication drawings to enable entire building frames to be
manufactured as panels for rapid erection on site.
Other work includes structural engineer's reports of all types of
property. These reports are normally required when a chartered
surveyor's survey reveals structural defects in a property.
A qualified engineer's report in respect of prospective house purchases
can contain advice on condition and recommend remedial works to the
property. Investigations of subsidence are also undertaken with written
In fact members of the public are very welcome to contact the firm,
along with contractors and builders etc. for structural advice on basic
works such as installing steel beams and alterations to loadbearing
From June 1st 2004 the status of the firm is changing to a limited
company, G C Robertson & Associates Ltd, but the personnel and the
service given will not change.
friendly and approachable, G C Robertson & Associates do indeed
have a wide ranging team harnessed to 30 years of experience. So for
any civil and engineering project give them a call to discuss your
requirements in detail.