At Cantilever we work hard to maintain the architectural vision, the clients’ requirements and the needs of other consultants throughout the project. We work in true collaboration with our clients, architects and consultants to achieve results which complement and enhance the architectural vision. Cantilever provides a flexible approach to our engineered solutions. At the heart of our philosophy is the understanding that every project is unique, and our reaction to each project reflects that entirely.
Cantilever has provided innovative solutions to many projects. Innovative engineering solutions are achieved by taking an active role as part of the design team, working closely with the architect, spending time with the project and using an in depth exploration of the alternatives. Innovative solutions also require the backing of high quality economic engineering, intelligence, time and experience. It requires experience with cost implications; experience we have gained working closely with builders, material suppliers and quantity surveyors.
Innovative engineering solutions for the lateral stability elements, floor and wall systems, efficient and economic use of materials and other considerations are explored during every project. We pride ourselves on spending the extra time and going the extra distance to explore innovative solutions. Sustainable solutions are also a result of these innovative endeavours. Constructing a cantilever was one of the major hurdles in the story of aviation – abandoning the seemingly obvious idea that the aircraft needed to be lightweight was the key to advancing aviation and creating rules of flight. This forms the fundamental basis for why we do what we do, and how we approach design projects – looking beyond the obvious to find new and innovative responses, and finding the pathways which will unlock a building’s potential.
We believe that sustainability should be at the front of engineering solutions, not an afterthought. At Cantilever sustainable engineering solutions are achieved through:
Producing efficient engineering solutions, not over-engineering or over-specifying materials, and taking full advantage of a material’s structural capabilities are the primary objectives to producing sustainable engineering solutions. Since Cantilever was founded we have been dedicated to engineering solutions that minimise material use and environmental impact. This requires time, intelligence and experience. The solutions must also meet the demands of the structural requirement for safety and serviceability, architectural intent, clients’ needs and requirements of other consultants.
There is, of course, another consequence to producing engineering solutions in a sustainable way. Following these guidelines inevitably produces far more economical solutions. In this way all engineering solutions produced by Cantilever Consulting Engineers can be considered to be sustainable engineering.
Our studio encourages open investigation, enthusiasm for structure and architecture, and innovation. Our staff maintain contact with projects from inception to completion, ensuring cohesion and transparency throughout. We are predictable, consistent and reliable, achieved by being systematic and organised. Our use of Radial WorkMAP is invaluable in achieving consistency and unparalleled work flow on every project. These systems allow us to focus on being truly innovative. We are aided by advanced customised in-house programmes and industry standard software packages which encourage a focused, diligent approach to our work.
At Cantilever we believe that every project is an opportunity to engage, question, and examine our methodology, fine tune our processes and apply innovation to our thinking and our design outcomes. The rigorous approach we have to each project has a positive and actual effect on the design solutions we provide.