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INTRODUCTION TO KEYSTONE DESIGN ASSOCIATES LTD

Keystone Design Associates Ltd are consulting engineers specialising in the built environment. We are principally structural engineers but also offer a range of ancillary support services including planning supervision under the design management regulations (CDM 2007), building design and project management.

 

HISTORY

The business was originally founded in 1989 by the current Managing Director David Hadwin trading as Keystone Design Consultants. The company grew steadily over the next decade despite the recession years, and in February 1998 was incorporated as Keystone Design Associates Limited. With a head office on the Fylde coast the company operates predominantly in the North West although we have been involved in prestigious schemes as far a field as St Lucia. The experience of our staff includes work in the local government and private sector environments. We have gained particular expertise in the local geology and in foundation engineering, structural engineering, (including seismic loading and bridge design), civil engineering (including water related projects, airfield design & maintenance, and coastal engineering), and are chartered planning supervisors.

 

COMPANY POLICY

Our company policy is based upon the concept of ‘….making it work for clients.’
We achieve this by consistently listening to our clients and responding quickly with creative but practical cost effective designs and solutions.

 

Quotation from client:
“ Keystone is a team of architects led by an engineer, or a team of engineers influenced by an architect – either way I get my building good looking, practical and cost effective to build without any of the unnecessary”.

 

WHY USE KEYSTONE DESIGN ASSOCIATES LTD ?

An obvious question from any prospective client; however we believe the following attributes set us apart from the competition and make us special.

 

RESPONDING  TO CLIENTS’ NEEDS
Our staff are noted for their professional yet enthusiastic approach to projects. We have a genuine interest and ability to listen to clients and respond accordingly. We believe in talking straight to clients and as a consequence we tell them:
“..when they can and when we can and when they can’t and when we can’t..”.


FLEXIBILITY
Our range of services and our experience of working with other professional s means we understand the need for changes during design development. Coupled with the extensive use of IT we can amend and adapt the design quickly in response to client requests.
Underlining these attributes our management philosophy is to be as flexible as reasonably possible in order “ to make it work for clients.” 


MEETING CLIENT DEADLINES
Although it would be foolish and misleading to claim that we always deliver on time we certainly do our best and we’re always focussed on clients’ deadlines. All timetables are set in agreement with the client assuring them that they are practical and achievable thus potentially saving time and avoiding possible abortive work.


INDEPENDENCE
We are an independent company with no allegiance to any other organisation. This benefits our clients with unbiased and objective advice.


CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS
In all our design work construction costs are always foremost thus ensuring an economic yet stylish project.


USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The company enjoys the benefits of fully networked IT systems and uses the  world-class market leader Masterseries structural design suite and Autocad. Other CAD packages include drainage design systems, highways design packages and National Building Specification (NBS). This enables us to create professional design calculations, drawings and specifications to the highest standards of presentation. All information produced can be provided in any format required, either hard copy or digital, on CD, email or disk.


WIDE RANGE OF SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
We combine professional and academic theory with practical know-how based upon many years experience. Via our extensive associate network we are able to draw from a wide range of specialist skills and experience. As we are a multi-disciplinary practice this helps us to interface with a diversity of clients’ needs.