What AWA do
AWA Engineers is a structural engineering practice with extensive experience of designing structural design solutions for the conservation, preservation and alteration of churches, cathedrals, ecclesiastical and other religious buildings and monuments.
From carrying out detailed specialist structural surveys to recommending remedial works, or completing structural calculations for structural changes, additions or extensions, our knowledgeable team provides pragmatic advice.
Our team have provided structural engineering services for some of the UK’s most historic ecclesiastical buildings, giving them a unique understanding of the challenges projects of this nature can present, from shallow foundations to vaulted ceilings, stunning spires to hidden underground chambers, no two projects are the same.
Over the years the team has been involved in projects including extensions and additions to existing historic structures for the provision of new visitor centres or upgraded facilities, as well as providing structural calculations and specifications for new structures with impressive architectural elements.
You will benefit from our skills and experience to help you navigate the specific structural requirements of your project whether it is a historic, listed building, a new build place of worship or anything in between.
What is Church Structural Engineering?
Structural engineering for churches, cathedrals, historic ecclesiastical buildings and new build religious buildings, is a specialist area due to the variety of ages, structures and styles of the buildings involved.
Many of the UK’s religious buildings are of historic importance and require careful preservation and conservation work to keep them in safe, usable condition. Traditional craftsmanship using specialised materials such as lime-crete, or buildings featuring hidden underground chambers and built on shallow foundations pose particular challenges to be overcome safely in order to effect sensitive repairs.
Conversely, modern, new-built churches and religious buildings often incorporate impressive architectural features, requiring structural considerations to ensure large, vaulted spaces can accommodate sufficient people whilst offering excellent acoustic properties.
Do you need a Church Structural Engineer for your project?
If you are responsible for the building or maintenance of churches, cathedrals or other religious buildings, you are likely to need the specialist input of structural engineers with specific experience in these types of buildings.
From surveying the structure, vaulted roofs, spires and towers to providing structural advice, calculations and specifications for additions or new builds, a project of this nature will need the services of a suitably qualified and experienced engineer.
Church Structural Engineering Services from AWA Engineers
- Specialist structural surveys including;
- structural defect report
- fire-damage assessment
- quinquennial report
- load increase appraisal for solar panel installation
- Structural calculations and specifications
- Sensitive advice about building repair and conservation
- Full design services for extensions and reordering of the original building
- Structural engineering services for new build places of worship