With extensive experience in designing and delivering structural engineering designs, Cake Engineering offers structural engineering in a consultancy form for projects large and small. Led by David Knight, Cake Engineering has a particular expertise in the design and independent checking of bridge structures.

We provide a full structural engineering consultancy service for private or public clients, including structural design, specification and building control calculations. We have worked on projects as small as modifications to private residences through to design and checking services for sculptures, highway structures and footbridges.

Cake Engineering is the NCE Bridge Consultant of the Year 2024.


Elevation of stress ribbon footbridge over stream
view of dublin bridge soffit


Feasibility studies, option development, concept design, detailed design and construction supervision for all forms of foot and cycle bridge in steel, timber or concrete.
Vibration (pedestrian comfort and wind-induced) assessments of spans and masts.
Design of cable stayed systems including erection sequencing and geometry control.
Principal and General inspections.

Moving Structures

Feasibility studies, concept design, option development, detailed design or construction supervision for all forms of moving structure, including bascule, swing, sliding and lifting bridges.

Highway Bridges

Concept and feasibility design of all forms of highway structures from short to long span.
Detailed design of short to medium span steel and concrete/steel composite structures, including fatigue design of steel box girders.

Design Review and checking

Design reviews or independent checking of designs, both at concept stage and as a full (category III or equivalent) detailed design check.


Advice on fabrication processes and procedures, particularly for steel structures.
Tender review services.
Review of construction sequencing and programmes.

Modelling and Analysis

Parametric 3D modelling in Rhino and Grasshopper of complex geometrical objects or constraints.
3D modelling in Solidworks to provide object based information rich models.
Finite Element modelling including non-linear and time history based approaches to dynamic behaviour.