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Structural Testing

Testing of Building Structures

Structural testing is an integral part of modern construction industry procedures and is utilised for demonstrating that individual components or materials are fit for purpose and for load testing of novel or existing structures.

Testing can be carried out to established standards to demonstrate adequate performance, or can be more customised, for example for new products during development, or for certification prior to a product launch.

Structural Testing


Full size structures may require testing in a design by test situation or in the development of novel designs or to demonstrate that an existing building can continue to meet modern standards possibly after a change of use.

As a UKAS-accredited testing laboratory (No. 0013), we can test to national, European, and international standards.

Lucideon offers testing of materials, products and structures in-house or on-site. Customised testing programmes can be designed to test novel products or structural issues that are not covered in current guidelines.


Tests performed

Here are some examples of the types of tests that we carry out on building structures:

  • Load testing
  • Impact testing
  • Tensile testing
  • Exposure site testing
  • Strength testing
  • Weatherability
  • Durability
  • Settlement
  • Fatigue
  • Cable loading on support systems
  • Air tightness
  • Water tightness
  • Light reflectance value testing
  • Slip resistance testing
  • Chemical testing


Lucideon is a UK Approved Body (1289) under the Construction Products Regulation (EU) 305/2011 for the assessment and verification of construction products. Lucideon maintains impartial procedures for all work performed as a UK Approved Body to safeguard its independence.

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White Papers

Cost-Effective Design using Construction Test Methods

This white paper examines the valuable role that testing can play in relation to reducing construction costs

Offsite Construction
Offsite Construction: The Relevance of Full Scale Testing

The purpose of this paper is to show some examples where the results from whole building tests have demonstrated distinct improvements in performance

Digital Image Correlation for Construction

This white paper focuses on potential applications for Digital Image Correlation in the  construction industry

Case Studies

Hammersmith Flyover
Lucideon Validates the Performance of the UHPFRC for Fryssinet and the Restoration of the Hammersmith Flyover

Testing provided evidence that the strength requirements of the UHPFRC were met at each stage of the flyover restoration process

Battersea Power Station
Brickwork Evaluation of Battersea Power Station

Brickwork testing for the Battersea Power Station redevelopment project

Safe Confinement at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Testing of unique cladding system and its components

External Wall Insulation System
Lucideon Develops Customised Testing Program for Mauer's Novel EWI System

One of Mauer’s unique EWI systems achieved certification through the development of a customized testing program

Lucideon Helps Hemsec Gain Composite Panel ETA Accreditation and CE Certification

Testing enabled Hemsec to attain ETA accreditation and CE certification for their structural insulated panels

Precast Concrete Panels
Major Concrete Manufacturer Extends Range to Include a Precast Concrete Modular Housing System

Testing and consultancy enabled third party insurance and building control sign-offs