BEAM DESIGN

If beams are needed for structural support or reinforcement, they must be designed to the specifications of your individual project. Laytoe’s beam calculations and installation guidance for all support structures is Building Control compliant.

Our structural engineers advise on the suitability of steel, reinforced concrete or wooden beams – balancing practical with aesthetic considerations. We ensure that steel beams are fire resistant to industry standard and will also calculate the fire resistance capacity of exposed timber beams.

  • Calculation for splice connection
  • Pad footing design
  • Steel column and baseplate design
lintels and beams designed for structural support in wall openings
  • Residential and commercial beam design
  • Steel (RSJ), timber and concrete beam calculations
  • Cantilever design for use with trusses and slabs

Laytoe’s beam designs and calculations conform to Building Control regulations.

If I want to remove a wall, shouldn’t my builder know what size beams I need?

Your builder will only know AFTER a structural engineer has calculated the how much load will be taken by the beam. Laytoe will provide calculations and drawings along with installation recommendations which you can then take to your building control office for approval before your builder orders or installs a load bearing beam.

What advice does Laytoe give for wall removal?

Our structural engineers look at existing conditions and support structures and advise you on the new beams needed to provide support once a wall has been removed. We’ll assess load and span against the type of material needed for the beam. We also need to make sure that the beam shape (rectangular, flanged, steel I etc) is correct for the design as well as other lateral supports – your builder will use our calculations to order beams before removing any walls. We can discuss options for setting the beam into the existing ceiling (into the floor space above) or whether it its more cost-effective to set it below the ceiling. 

A crucial piece of advice is to retain all paperwork relating any structural engineer’s calculations in the event that you wish to sell your property in the future.

Do I need padstones if I want to remove a wall?

We’ll be able to assess whether padstones, engineering bricks or steel bearing plates are needed to support and spread the load, or to stop any stresses from fracturing the wall where bearing occurs.

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