Our structures team delivers creative engineering consultancy which combines intelligent, responsive design with fully integrated low carbon solutions, creating dynamic environments for current and future communities.

With over 70 years of successful delivery, we continually refine our ability to deliver complex solutions in a practical and straightforward manner. We take a holistic design approach, driving exceptional outcomes for developers, owners and occupiers alike. Climate resilience is embedded in our design principles, creating buildings that are sustainable, adaptable, flexible and future proof.

Our broad portfolio spans the UK and includes award-winning fast-track projects, complex new-build schemes and challenging remodelling and extension projects. We combine agile engineering solutions, in-house expertise and breadth of experience with a truly cross-discipline collaborative approach, covering all elements of structural and civil engineering, geotechnical, sustainability, deep basement design and BIM. This ensures we can meet all demands across the complete lifecycle of the project, from feasibility and concept planning through to full delivery and maintenance.

Our hands-on approach draws from a wide range of specialist knowledge with a proven ability to deliver excellence, from small-scale infrastructure schemes to complex multi-million-pound developments. We recognise the importance of providing timely, cost-effective solutions to meet our clients’ challenges and appreciate the difference between cost and value.

Our engineers investigate the unique challenges and requirements of each project, ensuring our solutions align with the specific needs of each client, project and sector.

We integrate sustainability throughout our design process, working closely with our clients to challenge the status quo and develop innovative techniques, designing for adaptability and flexibility, re-engineering existing buildings, using off-site manufacturing techniques, re-using existing foundations, maximising recycled content and designing to circular economy principles.

Key Services

Architectural engineering.
Below ground Drainage.
BIM – Fully integrated Revit design services.
Building Design.
Client Monitoring Services.
Design auditing.
Due Diligence Services.
Earthquake engineering.
Expert Witness.
Feasibility studies.
Foundations and sub-structure design engineering.
Materials testing and assessment of existing structures.

Modular systems design.
Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) design advice.
Pre-acquisition and condition surveys.
Retained facades expertise.
Site Supervision and Resident Engineer services.
Structural advice / inspections.
Structural embodied carbon advice.
Sub-base/surfacing design.
Superstructure design.
Tall buildings design.
Temporary Works Design and CAT3 checking.

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Based in key locations across the UK, our structures team is delivering innovative, low carbon solutions for a huge range of schemes across all sectors. Our expertise spans all areas of structural design, and we’re passionate about creating buildings that are sustainable, adaptable, flexible and future proof.

Richard Whitehead

Richard Whitehead
Managing Director,

Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer with extensive experience of commercial, residential and retail sector building construction. He has been with Waterman for over 25 years. Richard became Managing Director of Waterman Structures in 2020.

He brings a breadth of experience in a variety of residential, retail and commercial schemes, including new – build, refurbishment and fit – out. He has a strong practical and technical background and delivers sustainable structural solutions with a particular emphasis on low carbon design.

Richard is experienced in co – ordinating and understanding the needs of multidisciplinary teams and has held a project lead role for a number of major schemes including Jersey International Finance Centre, 8 Moorgate, The Marq and The Avenue.

He is passionate about mentoring young professionals in their careers and has taken a lead role in Waterman’s scholarship and intern programme.

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