Removing A Wall ? You May Need A Beam Designing!

Wall removal – first things first.  We need to find out whether or not the wall you are taking out is “loadbearing”.  Not sure what that means …. read on ….

Your ground floor wall may be taking the weight of the floor joists from your bedrooms above, or the weight of another wall built directly above it. It may also be taking part of the weight of the roof, so it’s vital to get it checked out if you aren’t really sure what you are doing or looking for.

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The Questions Most People Want The Answer To Are:-

  • Is my wall loadbearing or not?
  • Will I need a steel beam / rsj?
  • How much will the rsj cost me?

3 Things To Bear In Mind When Removing A Wall Or Knocking Through:-

1.    A wall that is solid is not necessarily load bearing

2.    A wall that is stud is not necessarily non-load bearing

3.    You will need to apply for Building Regulation approval, which may require structural calculations to make sure the beam is designed to carry the weight on it

How Can We Help You?

We arrange to come to your home and make a structural assessment.  If the wall is loadbearing, then we will take measurements and photos, prepare plans and structural calculations.  If the wall is loadbearing then you will require building regulations approval. If it isn’t found to be loadbearing, then you will not require local authority approval to remove the wall.

Can You Submit To The Local Authority On My Behalf?

To save you hassle and time, we submit the building regulation application on your behalf to the Local Authority and deal with all their technical enquiries.

This service is free and is included in our fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

What approvals will I need?

You probably won’t require planning permission. If the wall if found to be load bearing, it is classed as a “Structural alteration” and you will require Building Regulations approval.

How long will it take to obtain approval?

Once your application is registered with the council, it can take anything from one week to eight weeks, depending on which council you are submitting to and how busy they are at the time of submission.

How long do you take before you can attend site?

We can visit site normally one week from instruction, often sooner.

Why do I have to pay for you to come out to site before hand

Our policy is to take a deposit before our engineers visit to cover their travel time and time on site.

If your wall is found to be non loadbearing. We will issue you with a letter confirming this (you may need this when you come to sell your house in the future) and there is nothing further to pay.

If however, your wall is loadbearing, we will take dimensions, photographs and prepare plans and structural calculations.

Can I submit the Building Regulations application myself and save money?

Yes you can, but our fees include for us submitting the application on your behalf and being available to answer any technical queries that they have.

What happens if my wall isn't loadbearing?

If your wall(s) are not load bearing you won’t need Structural Calculations or Building Regulations approval. We just charge for our time on site and a letter confirming that the wall is non-load-bearing (you might need this confirmation if you ever come to sell your house)..

When can I start building work?

We would advise that you wait for Building Regulations approval. That way your builder knows exactly what to build and the sizes of the steelwork required.

How much is it going to cost me?

You will have our fees, please click here for a quotation, plus building control fees – typically £200 – £250. We can give you a more accurate cost when we submit your application.

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Quick Response

“We chose Michael Aubrey Partnership as they were recommended to us.  We were kept well informed, it was painless to get building regulations and we received quick responses to any questions.  

Michael Aubrey Partnership provided us with the drawings needed to make our kitchen / dining room open plan.  

A specific feature that we found useful, was the detail provided with the drawings and calculations.  We would recommended Michael Aubrey Partnership.”

Simon Watts, Farnborough

Very Helpful

“I chose Michael Aubrey Partnership as their website looked very professional and they were used to doing similar jobs.  

I needed a structural design done for a load bearing wall removal and Michael Aubrey Partnership were very helpful.

Leigh-Ann has been amazing in helping me through the process and to get the results through very quickly.

It was good that Michael Aubrey Partnership submitted the calculation directly to the council and also getting a list of potential builders was good. I would recommend Michael Aubrey Partnership to colleagues and friends.”

Matthieu Charpy, Reading

When knocking A Wall Out Just Isn’t Enough

Yes we can help you remove your wall, but sometimes that just isn’t enough.

That’s why we have developed “Open Plan Plus“.

Open Plan Plus is for families who want Open Plan living PLUS an extension, or Open Plan living PLUS internal alterations.

Watch our video to find out more …

No Stress For Me

“Michael Aubrey Partnership provided advice and drawings for an internal load bearing wall. 

Leigh-Ann was most helpful arranging engineer’s visits and keeping me up to date. 

Michael Aubrey saw the project through from first contact to submitting plans to the council.  Most useful when I have a job to go to. 

The service provided was very transparent and I would certainly recommend Michael Aubrey to colleagues and friends”.

Andy Jones, Woodley