Newman Building Solutions were contacted by the owner of this victorian property in Lambeth, London SW2. She had been advised by her insurance company to find a lateral restraint specialist to carry out repairs to the front of the property where lateral movement, cracking and sagging had occurred.
Newman’s teams of Structural Repair Technicians have begun works across London and the South East restoring the Structural Integrity of Failed Masonry.
Investigation works are underway at a block of low level flats in Oxford to discover the cause of subsidence. Investigation works include CCTV drainage inspections, Water pressure testing of incoming mains water supply, Soil investigations and structural diagnosis.
Bay Window Repairs are underway in Fulham, South West London for one of our Principal contractor clients. Newman’s were called in to carry out a Structural Survey and crack monitoring as the bay window was moving outwards causing major concern. A structural repair specification was designed and installation has begun incorporating Twistfix’s Bed Joint Reinforcement and Lateral Restraint Ties which will be provide a permanent insurance backed solution.
Concrete repairs and Anti Carbonation coatings are underway in North London to a commercial shopping precinct and the social housing above as vertical and horizontal cracking had appeared across the structure. the cause of cracking was identified as lack of cover to the concrete reinforcing causing oxidastion of the reinforcing rods and spalling the concrete. An anti carbonation coating is also being spray applied to the concrete structure after the concrete repairs.
Bulging walls in period properties are a common defect that are often seen along the gable and flank elevations of a property. This defect is especially common in Edwardian and Victorian properties but is also evident in properties of all ages.
Bowing walls should not be regarded as ‘just the way it was built’ this is a serious structural defect that will require a structural repair solution in order to prevent further movement or complete failure.
If the bowing in the wall is only at the levels where the floor joists run either into or alongside then this is more than likely to indicate that lateral movement also known as outward movement has occurred.
Lateral movement occurs when there is no connection between the masonry and the floor joists or stair case allowing the masonry to move independently. In order to prevent further outward movement you must provide a connection between the two.
Newman’s utilise Twistfix lateral restraint ties which are an 8mm stainless steel tie which are installed externally through a 12mm hole in the masonry into the floor joist. With a concealed resin fix to the masonry we are able to tie the masonry to the floor joist which restrains any further movement.
In modern properties or buildings constructed with a cavity wall then the bowing if not confined to the floor joist levels only could indicate that there are other structural defects such as wall tie failure which will need to be assessed.
Out lateral restraint schemes for bowing walls can be guaranteed for ten years covered by an IGL insurance backed guarantee. Contact us today if your property is showing signs of outward movement.