The practice has been involved in major and minor structural modifications to existing
buildings to form new space geometries and convert buildings from one use to another.
This has included adding floors; removing walls; adding extensions; infilling floor
voids; fitting lifts, staircases, and escalators.
These projects have been across the whole range of business sectors including conversion
of a bus station to a church; offices to residential; industrial to health; industrial
to leisure; modifications of major shopping centres. Some of this work has been in
listed buildings with the associated need to repair and conserve existing elements
MBCE have designed buildings with a range of foundation approaches depending on the
ground conditions, building and load type.
These have included: piled foundations (bored, driven CFA, voided etc); ground bearing
pad foundations; cantilever foundations (near site boundaries); strip foundations;
trench fill foundations; ground improved foundations (vibro compaction, lime stabilisation);
foundations near trees; foundations for modular buildings; foundations for machines
and machine pits; foundations inside existing buildings; remedial works to foundations
(underpinning, foundation extension, foundation stiffening); modifications to existing
foundations for building extensions to changes in load.
The practice has also designed a range of underground floors, basement and cellars
within new and existing buildings. Retaining walls both as part of a building and
externally. The practice experience includes: reinforced concrete walls or cavity
filled masonry walls, mass concrete or mass masonry walls, gabion walls, criblock
walls, close bored piled walls, sheet piled walls. Some of these walls have been
required to be located close to highways and existing structures.
In today's building environment with the requirements to design for climate change
the use of sustainable drainage systems combined with good external layout design
is essential to meet regulating requirements to prevent flooding of new and existing
structures. MBCE have been involved in the design of car parks and access roads
and flood protection schemes associated with schools, sports clubs, community facilities,
retail, Industrial, health and office developments.
MBCE as Consulting Engineers have designed and are actively designing for our clients
car parks, access roads including 3D ground modelling to minimise materials removed
off site and sustainable drainage systems such as permeable paving, soakaways, cellular
retention systems, balancing ponds and flood defences.
MBCE have been engineers responsible for the design and reinforcement detailing of
a range of concrete framed buildings or parts of buildings which contain a reinforced
These have included reinforced concrete foundations; reinforced concrete columns
and walls; reinforced concrete pits, bases, basements and cellars; reinforced concrete
ducts, access tunnels; concrete car park decks, concrete roofs, concrete floors.
In addition to designing new concrete building structures the practice has experience
of modifying existing concrete structures. We have also often been involved in consideration
of defects to concrete structures including assessment of problems, consideration
of repair strategies and specification and monitoring of repair works.
MBCE have experience of designing a wide range of steel framed building structures
for new buildings, extensions and modifications to existing buildings. This has included
large single storey industrial, retail and distribution facilities as well as multi
storey structures for education, health, offices and leisure.
MBCE have designed new load bearing masonry structures and modifications to existing
masonry structures including listed buildings. The practice also regularly designs
and provides restraint details for masonry elements to the elevations and sides of
MBCE have experience of working along side specialist suppliers to integrate their
building systems into new building structures
MBCE has experience of investigating existing building structures. Investigations
can be required for a range of reasons:
Investigations for defects (eg. acquisition).
Investigation of problems (cracks, spalling, movement etc).
Feasibly for modification including different loading.
Assessment after damage (eg, vehicle impact or fire)
MBCE works with specialist suppliers to obtain and evaluate geo-environmental information
to describe ground conditions of sites. This includes issues such as:
Foundation strata and type.
Ground water issues.
Ground permeability for drainage.
Formations for building floors, roadways and hardstandings.
Ground gases (methane, CO2, radon)
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The Engineers in the practice have extensive experience of a range of different projects
which include the spectrum from major projects of value greater than £100m to minor
investigation and structural modification works as well as a range of services for
multiple property owning clients.
Structural modification of existing buildings including extensions, over-roofing,
relocation of staircases and escalators etc. Including requirements for continued
building operation and use during construction.
Structural appraisals of existing buildings and elements of structure.
Review of designs produced by others on behalf of building owners or other parties,
Design of other elements of structure for modification of existing buildings including
single beams, lintels, trusses, shutter supports, CCTV supports, cladding support
systems, seating systems.