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Our in-house chartered structural & civil engineers provide efficient, quick turn-round, cost-effective engineering calculations and drawings to produce neat, easily buildable, solutions. We provide services to a wide variety of customers. Please click on the images below or use the side menu to find information about your particular area of interest.
Consulting us in the early stages of your planning can save you money by designing out hidden costs and problems, whether you want a new build or simply to extend your living space with a gym in the attic or a swimming pool in the basement.Learn More
Our clients include private and commercial owners and developers, local authorities and contractors who engage us as part of the team developing both new-build properties or upgrading and extending existing buildings. Our projects cover commercial, industrial retail leisure sectors as well as schools and hospitals.Learn More
Either working directly for a fabricator or contractor or advising as part of a team with architects and local authorities, our design of specialist structures ranges from timber bridges and portal frames to steel and aluminium canopies, shelters and handrailing systems.Learn More
Preparation of design calculations and drawings for building regulations submission is the major part of our work but we also advise on party wall matters, check local authority calculations, do Structural engineering inspections and reports and do geo-environmental and site investigations.Learn More
As structural and civil engineers we are part of the construction process of any new or refurbished building or structure. Typically architects send us drawings of their client’s requirements and we design the structure needed to carry the loadings sustained by that building safely to the ground. We also design the foundations required for the site specific ground conditions. We produce calculations to substantiate our design and drawings: these are used by surveyors to estimate the construction costs and by builders, contractors or fabricators to construct the building. All of our engineers have access to up to date software design calculation packages and produce AutoCAD or hand drawings. We design to both British Standards and to Eurocodes. In the majority of cases our design drawings and calculations are submitted to Local Authorities for Building Regulations approval.
As well as working with architects we also work directly for fabricators (see specialist structures) or contractors. Requests for SERs, party wall assesments, site visits and investigations are sent to us directly from members of the public or builders. We pride ourselves on collaborating with all members of the construction team to produce cost effective and easily buildable solutions.
We work all over the UK, often directly from drawings but visiting site as instructed.
Our engineers are professionally qualified and covered by Professional Indemnity insurance. We are either chartered or MEng graduates working towards chartered status under the direction of a chartered engineer. Being chartered means we adhere to the standards set down by the Institutions to which we belong (either Institution of Civil Engineers or Institution of Structural Engineers). These standards require us to work in a way that benefits our clients. Between us we have wide experience in all aspects of structural engineering design as well as in civil engineering projects and can share information such that there is always someone available to visit site or answer your technical queries. By comparing the best solutions available and advising on the most cost effective ways of achieving them we can save you time and money.
Rhodes & Partners was established in 1992 by Richard Rhodes and as more engineers joined the firm he moved to our present offices in Town Street, Marple Bridge in May 1998. Peter Graham and Penny Ribbeck, who had worked with Richard from the beginning, and Nick Ribbeck bought the company on 01 April 2011.
The company continues to expand and now employs 5 chartered engineers, 4 graduate engineers, an office manager and part time book keeping and administrative staff. We receive about 90 enquiries each month from both individual members of the public and our regular client list which includes:
BSc CEng MICE MIStructE
Peter was the first engineer to join Rhodes in 1993. After graduating from City University in London he worked for many consultancies in the southeast and northwest leading teams on the design of civil and structural projects in the UK, Middle East & Kenya as well as spending time as an expert witness and Planning Supervisor. He has been involved with the Part 3 Chartered Membership Examination as both a part time lecturer at Bolton University and an examiner for IStructE. Peter became Technical Director in 2011 with particular responsibility for canopy designs, structural engineering reports and teaching and supervising our graduate engineers.
Nick’s formative years were spent in the car industry both in Birmingham West Midlands and Trinidad West Indies. After graduating from Cranfield with an MBA he entered the field of interim management and then as a member of the Institute for Turnaround he brought increased profitability to SMEs. Becoming owner and MD of Rhodes in 2011 was a chance to put his talents to use in his own company. Nick’s role also covers PI and debt collection but he is only a wannabe engineer so don’t let him design any beams
BSc CEng MIStructE
Penny graduated from Sussex University and worked as a structural engineer in Birmingham Bedford and Swindon before taking a 3 year career break on a tropical island with a stamp in her passport saying “Forbidden to work” – tough times! Moving to the northwest she worked for a variety of engineering consultancies before joining Rhodes where she has worked ever since apart from two career breaks. Penny oversees accounts and innovation initiatives such as our new database and CAD template.
BSc CEng MICE FIStructE
George’s civil and structural engineering career began at Leeds University from where he moved to Manchester and worked on or led teams involved in a wide variety of new and refurbishment projects covering schools, industrial, commercial and residential buildings. As a FIStructE his involvement with the Chartered Membership Examination for many years led him to become a chief marking examiner and a member of the panel responsible for the training of new and existing marking examiners. George joined Rhodes in 2012 and has a special interest in Geo-environmental investigations and desk top studies.
BSc MA CEng MICE MWES
A graduate with a 1st class honours degree and awards, Sheila has wide experience in the construction industry: resident engineer, contract supervisor, design engineer, senior lecturer and project leader on jobs as varied as sports stadia, religious & historic buildings, converting/building houses for the disabled, mansion houses, hospitals, commercial & industrial developments, mill conversions, residential care homes, structural engineering inspections and reports. Sheila joined Rhodes in 1998 and continues to work on a broad spectrum of projects. A post-graduate degree in Architectural History contributes to her special interest in sympathetic structural conservation.
BEng CEng MIStructE
Al’s career before he joined Rhodes in 2007 started with computer-aided design in the construction industry but then progressed into the mainstream IT industry with roles in system development, project management and sales. He then moved to Spain where he founded and ran a company building luxury villas and swimming pools. These skills combined with his engineering degree from Leeds University has meant that Al envisioned and developed our IT and Marketing strategies into new areas, including three-dimensional analysis of shade sails and new customer areas. Al also offers Party Wall Surveyor services under the Party Wall etc Act 1996.
Jenny chose to join us in June 2015, moving from a large Manchester-based practice where she had played significant team roles on big (£20m plus) projects. Her impressive CV includes time spent at Newcastle University and BRE where she studied for her doctorate investigating wind loading on conic shaped roofs. Her love of traveling took her to Ghana doing voluntary development work assisted by travel scholarships from ICE and Newcastle University
Antony graduated from University of Manchester in 2011 with an MEng in Civil Engineering. He joined us in June 2014 bringing considerable design and drawing experience and increased our number of graduate engineers by 100%! His considerable knowledge of AutoCAD has put us on the road to standardisation of our templates and methods. He took the IstructE Part 3 preparation course at Bolton last year and now takes jobs from quotation through to completion so we expect him to achieve Chartered Engineer status in the near future.
Alison joined us in March 2015 and brought not only first class administrative and communication skills but also her expertise in marketing and social media which has been used to bear fruit in the advancement of our Linkedin page, website, new logo and company branding. An honours graduate from Lancaster University with further qualifications in PA Secretarial studies she has organised the office and us in the nicest possible way whilst introducing many efficiencies.
Dan joined us in September 2013 having graduated that year from University of Salford with a MEng in Civil Engineering. Already experienced in CAD and Masterseries his skills have been augmented by becoming the office expert on our drainage software which he has used to good effect on large jobs. His ability to grasp concepts and teach them to others has resulted in him training others and presenting one of our monthly in-house Professional Development seminars.
Having completed his MEng in Civil Engineering at Salford University, Andrejs joined us in June 2015 before the ink was dry on his degree certificate. His IT skills, ability to ask questions and aptitude for learning are proving an effective combination in extracting the maximum information from the greyhairs in the office in the quickest possible time. Having moved from Latvia in 2011 we are impressed by his ability to make jokes in his third language!
We are fortunate to work in a very beautiful part of the county and keen to support our local community in whatever way we can. We are members of Marple Business Forum and follow their initiatives to shop locally wherever possible. Two of the local charities we support are Wellspring and Barnabus both of which offer practical help to the homeless – which seems fitting given the nature of our business. We buy Fairtrade goods where possible, our water cooler supports AquaAid and our used stamps are collected to support the Leprosy mission. Even our toilet is twinned with one in Uganda through TEARfunds toilet twinning programme!
We are recruiting a Chartered Engineer who will either be MIStructe or MICE or near Chartered with 4+ years’ experience. They must have good design and project-running skills in both new build and refurbishment sectors. They should be capable of working with minimum supervision and must be IT literate. Current work load consists of new build and refurbishment projects with a build value of £1k to £10m. The role is an excellent opportunity to gain exciting project experience and work with a professional and friendly team. The benefits include a competitive salary, commensurate with skill and experience. We also offer very flexible working arrangements, ideal for those who find 9-5 a real challenge. If you are interested please send your CV and covering application to Alison Keaton, Office Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. No agencies please.