Another of today’s Structural Survey to investigate a bowing wall on this 1902 block of flats in Knowle, Bristol.
The bulge in the flank wall measures approximately 3.5 metres by 4.5 metres and is due to separation between the inner and outer leafs of masonry, after carrying out our comprehensive survey a solution was achieved using a combination of Twistfix helical bars, Twistfix delamination ties and lateral restraint ties together with deep bed grout injection and ‘re pointing eliminating the need to rebuild the flank elevation at a considerable cost.
Newman Building Solutions work closely with structural engineers, building surveyors and loss adjusters offering cost effective modern day methods of building and structural repairs, to see how we can help call 0333 444 0154
Structural Repairs are ready to start on this mid terrace Victorian property in Southfields south west London, using Twistfix structural repair products. Newman Building Solutions will provide new lateral restraints to the bay window, extensive repointing and brick repairs will also be carried out as part of the repair scheme , to find out more on how we can help get in touch today on 0333 444 0154
Tower block construction began in the 1950’s with the first tower block in Britain being built, The Lawn in Harlow, Essex. The need for housing influenced the decision for tower block construction and it boomed.
Tower blocks are constructed usually using three methods; in-situ, Steel frame with infill panel and pre-fabricated panels. In theory all three methods of construction should have provided structures free from structural defect and with stand the test of time. In reality many high rise structures are in urgent need of refurbishment to ensure they do not enter a state of disrepair with the only solution being demolition.
With all three methods of construction there are common structural defects found that are often similar across the country. Cracking is usually evident within the external and internal fabric of the structure and the defects are often linked to one or more of these causes of movement, thermal movement, lack of movement joints and failed wall ties or inadequate wall ties. Poor construction methods during the build phase. Concrete failure as well is a common structural defect found which can be caused by many factors such as oxidisation of the reinforcing steel, the reinforcing steel being too close to the surface of the concrete which again causes oxidisation freeze thaw action and chemical reaction to name but a few.
Newman Building Solutions are approved designers and installers of the Twistfix and Thor Helical repair systems combined with our experience we provide our own specifications for wall tie replacement schemes as well as crack stitching and masonry beams. We are also approved installers for Fosroc and Sika concrete repair mortars and resins, mastic and coatings.
When assessing the requirements for repair to tower blocks you should only use an experienced contractor and Newman Building Solutions surveyors and engineers have extensive experience carrying out structural surveys and designing structural repair programmes to reinstate the structural integrity to tower blocks. We have worked closely with many principal contractors and façade installation specialists to provide insurance backed repair schemes prolonging the life of the tower block.
We can also provide rope access surveys and installation on schemes that it isn’t feasible to supply and erect traditional access methods such as tube and clip scaffolding or cradle access.