Libraries &
Community Buildings

& Alterations

Abacus Design have extensive experience in the structural design of school buildings from small alterations (£5,000) to new school buildings (£10m). Previous work has included providing structural design, drawings and advice for many traditional and flamboyant architectural schemes, new build and refurbishments in timber, glass, concrete, steel and masonry.

Abacus Design work closely with local authorities providing structural design and advice for new libraries and community buildings. Starting with the architect’s conceptual designs, we produce calculations and drawings for the contractor. Of great importance is the full interaction between design team members to ensure that the client’s requirements are best met.

We provide design calculations and sketches for alterations, extensions, renovations, removal of load bearing walls and loft conversions. Often needed in a hurry, this work can be commissioned either directly by the building’s owners or through an architect or project manager. We can also provide a structural survey service.



Drainage Design

Steelwork and

Steel Connection Design

Abacus Design provide structural engineering services to a number of national house builders. We provide foundation and superstructure design, ensuring that proposed buildings are compliant with Part A of The Building Regulations. Our team of Chartered Structural Engineers are also able to provide rapid solutions to problems which might arise during the construction phase.

We have extensive experience working for steelwork contractors across the UK. In particular we offer design and detailing of complex steel connections. Previous projects include Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester (£350m) and Broadmead Shopping Centre, Bristol (£550m). We can design to tight timescales and deliver cost effective schemes to suit even the tightest programme.

Abacus Design prepare foul and storm water drainage design for many projects. Our previous designs have included private drainage within new sites and connections into existing public sewerage systems, into soakaways or into temporary storage areas. Often, we are required to liaise with the local water authorities so as to obtain sewer adoption by the local authority.