WHA ltd

Providing Structural and Civil Engineering, Planning and Transportation Services

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About WHA ltd

We are an independent multidisciplinary engineering practice, providing structural and civil engineering, planning and transportation services. Our projects cover a broad range of sectors:

  • commercial
  • education
  • health
  • leisure
  • industrial
  • residential
  • regeneration
  • retail

We strive to bring engineering excellence and innovation to the communities where we work.


Civil Engineering

The Civils team provides full infrastructure design covering roads, sewers, SuDS, using the latest 3D software tools to deliver efficient solutions.

The early involvement of WHA as an advisor before or at the time of site purchase can help identify and deal with critical issues. Our collective skills can then be called upon to produce cost effective solutions and define the limit of developer’s responsibilities. Our comprehensive services from feasibility to construction are as follows:

  • Road and highway schemes
  • Culverts and bridges
  • Heavy foundations
  • Water retaining structures
  • Pumping stations
  • Sewage treatment
  • Foul drainage
  • Surface water drainage
  • Attenuation
  • Ponds, sewers and tanks
  • Reinforced earthworks
  • 3D computer modelling
  • Landfill design & remediation
  • Flood control and alleviation
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS)

Flood Risk Assessment

Our expert team provide Flood Risk Assessments (FRA) for projects ranging from single infill housing to large developments. These include strategic flood reviews, fluvial & tidal flood estimations, single and multi-catchment conditions and surface water drainage strategies. All utilising the latest in 3D modelling software and techniques.

An early review of flooding issues avoids planning delays. FRA’s are required for:

  • All sites within or part within Flood Zone 2 & 3
  • If the site is greater than 1 hectare
  • Flood plain re-modelling to free up developable areas

The early involvement of the Drainage and Flood Risk Assessment Teams at WHA Ltd can help to ensure efficient, cost effective and environmentally progressive forms of drainage to dispose of site surface water. Our track record in providing solutions acceptable to the Environment Agency and Planning Authorities is, we believe, second to none and involves the following detailed services:

  • Surface water drainage strategies for Planning Consent.
  • Detailed design of surface water disposal systems utilising sustainable urban drainage techniques such as infiltration trenches, permeable paving, soakaways, flood detention ponds and flood detention wetlands.
  • Flood control and alleviation.
  • Fully detailed design, negotiation and approval from the Local Land Flood Authority and Environmental Agency.

Transport Planning

The transport planning team at WHA has assisted many Clients to obtain Planning Permission through its thorough and innovative approach to the negotiation of highway and transport matters. We have been able to unlock sites where others have proved unsuccessful. Let the team at WHA promote your scheme and assist in obtaining Planning Permission.

WHA has responded by continually enhancing its range of skills and services available to developers to meet these ever changing and increasing demands.

This ensures our clients the best possible chance and advantage to achieve sensible planning permissions. To meet the demands of planning in the 21st Century, we are therefore pleased to offer the following services:

  • Transport assessments.
  • Highway master planning.
  • Safety audits.
  • Sustainability analysis.
  • Public transport studies.
  • Safe route to schools.
  • Bus priority and cycle links.
  • Accident statistics.
  • Computerised junction modelling.
  • Speed surveys and data collection.
  • Accident investigation and prevention.
  • Travel plans.
  • Traffic calming.

Structural Engineering

WHA can provide a wide range of structural engineering services. We employ appropriately qualified engineers and we have gained a wealth of experience in structural engineering design. WHA are able to provide a full range of services from concept and feasibility through to full design including drawing services for construction.

We are employed on a wide variety of projects for clients ranging from private house-owners for a one-off project, developers, contractors, local authorities and housing associations. Projects range from minor alterations to domestic dwellings through to multi-million pound new build domestic and commercial projects.

We are able to offer structural design services for all types of construction including steelwork, concrete, masonry and timber utilising state of the art analysis and design software.

Services WHA can provide to our clients include:

  • Conceptual design and feasibility studies of new and existing developments.
  • Structural analysis and design using the latest computer software.
  • Design of steel structures including large portal frames and high rise buildings.
  • Design of concrete structures of all styles and complexities.
  • Appraisal and design of masonry structures including new-build medium rise construction and historical buildings.
  • Innovative foundation engineering solutions.
  • Structural inspection and surveys for both commercial and residential projects.
  • Design of repair and strengthening works for structures.

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