Chartered Structural Engineer in Berkshire

Work carried out across Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Slough, Bracknell, Maidenhead

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Experienced chartered structural engineers for your project

With over 35 years experience engineering for the commercial and domestic markets, Abbott Holliday are the ‘go-to’ specialists for structural engineer work in and around Berkshire.

Our local engineers with local knowledge are here to support your project. From home renovations and commercial design to structural surveys and inspections, choose an organisation you can trust.

– 35+ years in the industry
– £2M professional indemnity cover
– No-obligation FREE quotes
– Engineers with local knowledge
– Residential & commercial 
– Professional advice given

Our chartered structural engineering services include…

Structural design, structural defect inspections & structural surveys and expert witness for structural engineering-related litigation.

Structural inspections

We carry out structural surveys on existing buildings for pre-purchase reports or for buildings that have defects like leaning or cracking. We provide a report explaining the cause and what needs to be done to resolve the problem.

Structural design

We provide structural engineering design services for domestic and small commercial clients. This includes conversions, alterations and extensions.

Expert witness services

We provide expert witness services in structural engineering-related court cases such as personal injury, insurance claim disputes or to assist in mediation.

Locations covered in Berkshire


West Berkshire





Cracks in a listed building

Location: Reading

This property was a refurbished Grade II listed building dating from 1810.  The inspection was for a pre-purchase survey regarding a bowing wall and possible structural movement.


  • Site visit conducted
  • Walls found to be slightly out of plumb but no evidence of bowing
  • Minor cracks at the main truss seatings were due to a combination of very slight movement and plaster shrinkage.
  • Findings sent to customer, whose concerns were lifted

    Leaning chimney

    Location: Reading

    The semi-detached house was built in the 1930s.  The valuation report prepared for the purchasers noted a lean on the chimneys and  required the advice of a qualified Structural Engineer be obtained.


    • Site visit conducted
    • It was noted that this effect is typical for houses of this age
    • Remedial action was recommended in line with BRE Repair Guidance No.15
    • The customer was able to pass our recommendations on to their building contractor

    Supporting knocking through a wall

    Location: Didcot

    The customer asked us to assess the loadings on a partition wall to allow its removal and replacement by a steel beam to create an open space in their home.


    • Site visit conducted
    • Measurements for loading assessment
    • Replacement beam specified
    • Findings and advice documented in report
    • The customer was able to issue the report to their contractor so building work could commence and the load could be properly supported

    Client Testimonials

    I contacted Abbott Holliday regarding a subsidence claim I had made on my home insurance. I asked for an independent structural engineer’s inspection of my house and a report, as I was unhappy with the way the insurance company were dealing with it. I know nothing of these matters and felt out of my depth. A senior Structural Engineer did a careful inspection and provided a helpful report, which did not fully concur with that from the loss adjusters. Since then, Peter has been very helpful in advising me how to proceed, as a result of which the insurance company have changed their approach. I’m so glad I contacted Abbott Holliday and have been very grateful for their help and support. I would thoroughly recommend them. Diana R

    Contact Abbott Holliday

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    Office location: Wash Common, Newbury, RG14 6NX

    01635 745018

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