Social Housing

Newman Building Solutions – Case Studies relating to social housing.

Social Housing Repairs – How Newman’s Can Help

Social Housing

The decent homes scheme is still running and Newman Building Solutions work with many main contractors on window replacement schemes and External Wall Insulation contracts in order to repair masonry and allow the safe upgrade of properties.

Bed Joint Reinforcement
Bed Joint Reinforcement

Often with window replacement schemes it is discovered that lintels are defective and in some instances have even collapsed upon removal of windows. We carry out lintel surveys on behalf of the council or the main contractor and specify repair programmes that will not hold up the schedule and will restore the structural integrity of the brickwork saving time and money on costly lintel rebuilds.

Lintel Failure
Lintel Failure

Wall tie failure is another common structural defect within social housing  due to many properties being built within the 1930’s to 1960’s using iron fishtail ties which have corroded and failed or in some instances simply a lack of wall ties have been installed during the construction phase. Only specialist contractors like us should be used for wall tie replacement schemes.

Wall Tie Failure
Wall Tie Failure

Often these structural defects only come to light whilst other trades are on site requiring us to have a fast turnaround, we can normally attend site within 24 hours and will design a repair strategy on site using our in house surveyors.

If you are currently working on any social housing schemes that require our services please do not hesitate to contact us right away.

Author: Jon Newman
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Categories: Building and Structural Repairs, Current Projects, Lintel Failure, Social Housing

Structural Repairs Oxford

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Soil Investigation

Soil investigation underway in Oxford: works began on three soil investigations to determine the soil type and condition so that suitable piling schemes can be designed for to a number of properties for one of our social housing clients due to the cracking indicating subsidence. Our investigations include camera drainage tests to ensure the drains are in good condition and working correctly, sampling of the soil in a laboratory and recorded soil conditions down to 4.5m’s.

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Showing Signs Of Recent Movement

The above property is showing signs of recent movement  and is in close proximity to a very large mature tree which often cause subsidence and roots ingress damaging foundations. The gable elevation recently had a large amount of ivy removed which has revealed number of further cracks.

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Currently Being Monitored For Further Movement

The property is currently being monitored to check for further movement, contact us today to see how we can help with site investigation and crack monitoring call 0207 559 1410 or email info@newmanbuildingsolutions.com

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Monitor shows movement has stopped

This block of garages has suffered from cracking close the the front and rear corners at mid to high level, the monitor period is now complete showing the movement has stopped, our structural repair scheme includes Twistfix bed joint reinforcement installed around each corner preventing further rotation and cracking.

To find out more information on how we can help with your Structural Repair needs contact us on 0207 559 1410 or email info@newmanbuildingsolutions.com

Author: Jon Newman
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Categories: Building and Structural Repairs, Social Housing, Subsidence And Heave, Surveys

Lintel failure and lintel reinforcement

Newman’s have begun a lintel reinforcement scheme for a social housing client in south London to a low level block of flats.

The original timber windows were removed by a glazing contractor who discovered that the brickwork was built without any Intel’s present so upon removal of the frame the masonry above failed causing cracking and sagging.

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Helical Rods Are Installed

Twistfix helical rods will be installed between the window openings to repair the masonry and create lintels within the brickwork and pinning ties installed vertically through the last course of bricks pinning it into sound masonry.

Our technicians will be onsite for only one week to allow the glazing contractor to ccarry out their works safely.

Author: Jon Newman
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Categories: Lintel Failure, Social Housing