Understanding the limits and properties of materials allows those materials to be exploited to achieve the best results from their inherent properties. A simple example is that concrete is best used in compression while steel is best in tension.

We have extensive experience in specifying materials for use in different environments from as varying as swimming pools to pharmaceutical plants to locations in coastal environments.

We have previously designed creative structures by the efficient use and choice of materials.

Examples would be

  • tension structures so materials are working to their limit but yet kept small.
  • the use of timber and aluminium in corrosive environments.
  • the use of stressed skin structures to achieve the most from the materials used and to exploit the form and shape of the materials.
  • the use of concrete as a compressive and ballast element.
  • the use of plastics and composite materials
  • the use of structural glass