The design of these buildings requires a specialist structural engineer able to provide suitable calculations to achieve sign off from building control. A structural engineer can also visit during the construction stage, for peace of mind that the plywood chassis is being installed in accordance with the design.
Using their extensive experience of providing WikiHouse advice for residential and commercial builds, across a range of locations, AWA’s specialist structural engineers offer detailed advice and design services across the UK from our offices in Hampshire and Somerset.
What AWA do
AWA are one of a small number of structural engineering companies in the UK who have experience working with WikiHouses. Our experienced team provides design services and can attend site to confirm the building is structurally sound.
AWA offer a full structural design service for projects utilising the existing Wren, Blackbird and Skylark systems. We can provide outline advice on the right system for each project, undertake detailed structural checks and provide calculations to satisfy Building Control. We also provide designs for foundations and below ground drainage, producing drawings to coordinate with the WikiHouse chassis.
Read about our work supporting the technical development of WikiHouses.
What is a WikiHouse?
The WikiHouse project is designed to make building houses easier and more affordable.
They are made of timber panel materials such as plywood or another product called Oriented Strand Board (OSB). By using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, the material is cut into shapes that can be slotted together; these arrive with an IKEA-like set of instructions for easy assembly.
Depending on the size of the build, the chassis of a WikiHouse can be built in around 2-4 days. From start to finish, WikiHouse designers estimate that a property can be ready to move into after as little as 12 weeks.
Find out more about WikiHouses on their website.
Do you need a Structural Engineer for your WikiHouse project?
A WikiHouse needs sign-off from a structural engineer before it can be approved by building control.
Choosing a structural engineer who has experience working with WikiHouses is important. Not only will it make your design or sign-off process quicker but it will also give you peace of mind that your building is structurally sound.
WikiHouse Engineering Services from AWA Engineers
- Specialist WikiHouse structural oversight for new residential and commercial buildings.
- Detailed design with calculations provided to achieve approval from building regulations.
- Construction-stage site visits to monitor the progress of the works.