Structural Engineering

Structural design incorporates all elements of the building form. It encourages creativity and requires integration of aesthetic design, functionality, constructability and commerciality. Providing structures that resist imposed loads and perform appropriately for their intended use is fundamental. The challenge of structural engineering is to provide the right solution to projects in an economical way without compromise.

Pritchard Francis implements innovative structural engineering solutions incorporating economical design and sustainable principles.

Our team regularly provides structural engineering consultancy services within the following sectors:

Justice & Correctional Services

Pritchard Francis has completed justice and correctional facilities ranging from transportable prison cells and police stations to 150 bed prisons. Understanding the specific design requirements of these facilities allows for early identification of potentially critical design elements. In addition, understanding Building Management Works’ control points and CADD protocols allows for a streamlined design and documentation process.

Generally with these types of facilities, security requirements dictate the need for specialist and unique detailing. Requirements such as wall impact ratings, maximum service pipe diameters, response time requirements, smoke indexes for materials and corridor widths all play a critical role in the design process.

Awareness of these specific requirements can assist the project team in making correct decisions at the appropriate time and result in the structural frame working in conjunction with a secure and robust facility.


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