Retaining Wall in progress at Eastcombe, Stroud

retaining wall
Retaining walls in Eastcombe, Stroud
Retaining wall
Retaining Wall










Progress in Eastcombe, Stroud with the construction of large retaining walls.  The walls are on a steeply sloping site with the lower level  incorporated into an extension to a house and the upper level forming a terrace accessed from the new first floor.  Constructed from Stepoc hollow blocks with reinforcement they can be installed quickly without the need for shuttering.

The architect is Design for Living and the contractor is InShape Stroud.

Structural Works progressing in Tetbury


Works are progressing on a large extension with extensive structural alterations to this property in Tetbury.  The architects are Jagged Edge Design.  It is a new extension with the first floor supported on a steel beams.  The stair well has been repositioned within the property to aid circulation to the existing and new rooms.

Other Companies:

Architect: Jagged Edge Design

Contractor: Virtus Construction

structural beam
New beam supporting extension
Stairwell through the building
New Stairwell

Photovoltaic Roof Panels on Roof Structures

An alert was issued recently by CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural safety) regarding the fixing of photovoltaic cells onto existing roofs.

What can potentially happen?

The panels add weight to the roof which when added to snow and wind loading can bring the capacity of the roof to its capacity.

If the panels are not properly fixed, they can be blown off through wind suction loads.

Under snow loading, a sudden thaw on top of the smooth surface of the panel can lead to snow suddenly sliding off and causing injury to persons below.

What should you do?

The alterations to the roof form an alteration to the structure and needs to be assessed.

The effect of the additional weight and all of the fixings should be assessed by a suitably qualified person. This should be a Chartered Structural Engineer or in England and Wales this could also be somebody under a Competent Persons Scheme.

A full copy of the report is available here.