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What do you need to know about structural engineering design/calculations?
Your local structural engineer is responsible for assessing whether a building is strong enough to withstand the strain of a conversion. They need to calculate external factors such as weather elements, the surrounding environment, the strength of the walls and what type of cavity they are and what load the building can support. Based on the necessary work, as well the extent of any proposed alterations, the structural engineer should also be able to advise you on what kind of planning permissions you will need to apply for.
It will be a good sign if your chosen engineer belongs to a national organisation, such as the Institute of Structural Engineers (ISE). Engineers registered have had to undergo a rigorous entrance process, and are regularly inspected for as long as they are as members. ISE registered structural engineers are also expected to continue their professional development. Such organisations can also act as third parties in the event of a dispute between you and one of their members.
Remember to check the qualifications and experience of a tradesman before making a hire, and be sure that they are adequately covered against accidental damage and liabilities. They should also offer a guarantee in case their work is incorrectly done. Given the importance of a structural engineer's advice it is also important that they have professional indemnity insurance.