Jeffery Smith Associates

Consulting Structural Engineers & Building Surveyors

Who We Are

A Chartered Civil Engineer since 1970 JEFFERY SMITH has worked on civil engineering and structural projects of all kinds. He has worked in the consultancy, contracting and government sectors. His practice, JEFFERY SMITH ASSOCIATES, has a wide ranging network of professionals of various kinds.

Jeffery Smith is author of 'UNDERPINNING and repair of subsidence damage'. He has lectured on subsidence and building defects to mature architects at the University of Cambridge and at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Jeffery says,

"I have seen housing of all sorts being built and worked on since the 1960s. Whilst in England the house is the most popular type of home in Scotland and Europe apartments are common. As a teenager I was excited to see the Park Hill flats being built in Sheffield and before I was twenty had got myself to Marseilles to see the proto-typical 20th century apartment block – Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation.

En-route the gothic cathedrals of France inspired me!

Initially I worked in the civil engineering sector building sewage treatment works, water works and coal preparation plants as well as 1960 style city centre developments.

I came via the now defunct National Building Agency to work on houses from all periods in the last 200 years with particular concern to repairing structural defects. Frequently types of construction no longer built are encountered.

How to assess these is quite an art.

Building regulations will eventually require new buildings to be as near zero rated as possible in their energy use. I am interested in how existing ones can be ‘retro-fitted’ to reduce their carbon footprint. After all most houses that will be around in 50 years are here now! Incipient defects will have to be allowed for.

Too often houses have been neglected or altered inappropriately, perhaps a previous owner being enthused in an unfortunate way by a television programme, for example chimney breasts being taken out incorrectly. Therefore older houses benefit from assessment by a structural engineer who is also a building surveyor and has an architectural background. There are few 'scientific' means of assessing existing houses. Only expertise gained from years of assessing houses of all periods can provide guidance towards alterations and repairs that will last for another 100 years."

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Jeffery Smith Associates
Consulting Structural Engineers
Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1LD
Tel: 01420 544 980

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Structural Engineering Design

With loft conversions there can be added complications – we prefer working to an architectural design.

Structural Engineering

Mortgage Reports

Many buildings including houses can appear to a surveyor to have structural shortcomings.

Mortgage Reports