Entries by HLN Group

What Does an Engineering Consultant Actually Do?

Structural engineers, civil engineers, principal designers, architects, design technicians, etc…all these job roles and more all under one roof (well, three technically, as we have offices in Cardiff, Bromsgrove AND London).  We’re a multi-disciplinary consultancy, and proud of it.*   Whilst everyone at HLN Engineering Ltd is customer facing in some respect – everyone has […]

A Short Guide to Beam Design

  Beam design is practically unheard of outside of professional circles, yet it is one of the most important elements of a building’s design.   Beams come in various different forms and serve a variety of functions.  Furthermore, beam design is applicable to both domestic and commercial construction.   This short guide will explore the […]

Our Guide to Mansard Loft Conversions

Mansard loft conversions are extremely popular of late.  Whilst they require a bit more work compared to other styles of loft conversion, they offer home owners the opportunity to turn an unused attic or loft into a fully functional living space.  Not only that, but they also provide the most room!   HLN Engineering Ltd […]

What is Subsidence?

If you’ve found cracks appearing in the walls of your property, or seen them in a property you’re considering purchasing, then you’ve probably feared the worst.   Subsidence can be a major problem; it can hinder your mortgage application, increase your insurance premiums and reduce the value of your property. It’s no wonder that the […]

What is Architecture?

  For most people, architecture is a discipline shrouded in mystery.  Of course, we all have a rough idea of what it entails (building design, right?).  And some, if not most of us, have a favourite building (this writer’s favourite is the Guangzhou Opera House designed by the late, great Zaha Hadid).   However, there’s […]

What is a CDM Principal Designer?

  Many of the services we provide are no doubt familiar to you.  For instance, we all know what an architect does; loft conversions and house extensions are self-explanatory.   Chances are you can distinguish between the role of a structural engineer and a civil engineer.   There’s one service we provide, however, that you’ve […]

What is Civil Engineering?

    In our last blog, we explained what a structural engineer does and when you might need to call one.  This week we’ve lifted the lid on one of the oldest professions known to man: civil engineering.   Starting with a brief history of this ancient discipline, we go on to discuss the impact […]

Do I Need a Structural Engineer?

  A structural engineer practices the art of building design, construction and maintenance.  With a focus on strength and durability, structural engineers ensure that buildings are designed to cope with environmental stresses and the pressures associated with human use.  The role of a structural engineer is varied and encompasses a wide range of responsibilities.  These […]

House Extension Ideas

There are a number of reasons why house extensions are so popular.  Not only do they increase the size of your home, but in many cases building an extension is more cost effective than moving.  It’s often more practical, too-moving house can be a real hassle.  This is especially the case if you have young […]

Loft Conversion Ideas

A loft conversion is a great way of utilising dusty, old attic space whilst adding value to your home.  Converting your loft or attic into a livable space is typically less disruptive than building a house extension, or making alterations to a room that is in constant use.  This is mostly because the renovation work […]