Fitting universal bean (rsj) in external cellar wall

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by OllyUK, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. OllyUK

    OllyUK Member

    we have 5 bed town house that's need renovation, the cellar is crying out for conversionto useable rooms. Outside part of the cellar the ground has been dug out and a retaining wall built. What we want to do is fit a universal beam to this external wall and construct a glass roof to get lght in. We are getting an artichet and structural engineer in but just wondered if the load of 3 floors is able to be supported itwull be about 3 m span

  2. Rizzo

    Rizzo Member

    No problem at all. Bear in mind that the beam will actually be supporting a triangle of brickwork above it ,after which the loadings are distributed towards the surrounding brickwork. Also, 3m isn't a big span. The empire state building is about a million floors high and thats all supported on steel beams.
  3. doing a bit

    doing a bit New Member

    the beam supports the triangle of brickwork above it as said unless there is a window in the actual triangulated brickwork area then the load is different and isn't transmitted the same, either your structual engineer or bco can advise
  4. OllyUK

    OllyUK Member

    Thanks for that, there is a sash bay window aboutf 10 layers of bricks above the brickwork goes back almost straight after the bay. Will this affect it massively
  5. doing a bit

    doing a bit New Member

    hard to say without a picture, more professional advice i think is reqd
  6. clarky74

    clarky74 New Member

    Why even worry about it? if you are getting in a architect and engineer then between them they will work something out, thats what you pay them for true?

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