Michael Hadi Associates is a practice of structural engineers that takes pride in the design of elegant yet economic and robust structures that are appropriate to the project brief. Finding for each scheme the correct balance between quality, cost, sustainability, innovation and programme is an activity that genuinely informs every aspect of our working methods. Our holistic approach is based on close liaison with the design team to ensure a complete understanding of the needs of each project and to see that the structure is fully integrated within the scheme. The practice’s standard service extends beyond principle structural elements to include those tertiary structures that are often neglected by others but which have a strong influence on the appearance, functionality, buildability and cost of a scheme. The practice employs state-of-the-art software for structural analysis. We are careful, however, not to allow complex analyses obscure our subjective understanding of structural behaviour and all analyses are checked with simple, often ‘rule of thumb’, hand analyses. Successful communication of ideas and principles is fundamental to the success of every project. During the early stages of projects we illustrate the structural options with lucid sketches; this allows for the rapid review of a wide range of options. Thereafter, working drawings are produced using our CAD systems. The success of our approach is reflected in the many prizes and awards received for our work. The practice works with all construction materials and in all building sectors. Project values range from £25K to £60M.