Builders and homeowners looking to include a conservatory as part of a project can now take advantage of a new consultancy service launched by a leading structural engineering practice.
Greater Manchester-based Rhodes & Partners have introduced the service, which eases the process of conservatory construction by allowing customers to access the considerable expertise which the practice has in this area.
“We know from experience that including a conservatory can present various challenges, especially when it is being added to an existing structure,” explains Rhodes & Partners’ Technical Director, Peter Graham. “Our new service will help builders and homeowners overcome those challenges by examining such areas as the suitability of the framing members and overall design from a structural point of view. No matter whether it’s a steel, aluminium or timber-frame conservatory, we can also provide reliable guidance on any related concerns, such as party wall issues and access openings that need to be made into existing structures.”
Over the past 25 years, Rhodes & Partners has gained considerable experience of all types of conservatories. These range from small domestic projects through to large commercial conservatories, and the practice regularly liaises with other parties involved such as architects, contractors and glazing specialists.
“We’ve also handled a number of particularly unusual projects,” adds Peter. “These include such challenges as helping design a visually unobtrusive and almost ‘invisible’ structural framework for a conservatory-style ‘glass box’ structure which was being added to a listed building, so we’re confident that we can help, no matter what type of conservatory a customer may have in mind!”
For more details, visit www.rhodesandpartners.co.uk.