Chimneys & Fireplaces Question

Removing ground floor stack - structural engineer says no steel needed?!

Hi,

We'd like to remove the chimney in the downstairs back room in a 1930s semi. We've had a structural engineer come round, and he says no support is necessary as long as the chimney remains above to stop the building from swaying/bending, and there is a chimney on the other side of the party wall. He's going to write a letter to that effect which he says will be fine for building regs.

Does this sound right, as when I told friends they said we definitely would need a steel. I'm guessing that the bricks on the floors above are held up by their bond to the wall, and the whole house structure is supported by the remaining chimneys on both sides of the party wall.

If it all sounds good, then how long does it take to knock out and plaster (3, 4 days?), as we'd like to get it done ASAP?

Thanks!

2 Answers

That does not sound correct at all; I would seek a second opinion or inform the engineer that you will be obtaining building control approval so his letter together with his PI details will be most useful - in the event that building control insist on calcs then suggest the engineer does this at zero cost to you as it is contrary to his 'professional' advice.
At the very least there should be a pair of gallows brackets.
Has anyone mentioned the Party Wall Act? Legally the engineer must have informed you!!
Hope that helps

Answered 27th Sep 2013

JLM Architecture Limited

Member since 5 Sep 2013

I'm with JLM on this. It doesn't sound like anything I've ever done lol. The party wall agreement shouldn't be ignored either!!

Answered 27th Sep 2013

Roc builders

Member since 25 Aug 2011

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