Example of Planned Maintenance Works- Following failure of the existing roof covering to this city center public house we were appointed to undertake the extensive recovering of the pitched roof with new composite slate, new treated timbers, vapour-permeable under felt and consequential improves in insulation levels.
Following complaints of moisture ingress and ongoing discoloration of internal finishes and decoration to the interior of their property on this 3 year old housing development, as their recently appointed framework contractor Radian appointed us to investigate, determine the cause and undertake suitable remedial repairs to address the problem.
Through our building surveying team we identified what we believed to be too root of the problem, we subsequently undertook localised opening up of the external brickworks and confirmed that cavity trays were breached and cavity penetrations poorly designed or protected from moisture ingress. We cleared out congested cavities and where practical re-introduced more robust tray detailing.
This quickly and conclusively arrested the water ingress issue for the occupier.
The above images reflect an all too common occurrence relating to home owners undertaking unauthorised and unsubstantiated wholesale removal of load-bearing masonry to a disused chimney stack within the habitable rooms below. Notwithstanding failing to notify under Section 2 of The Party Wall Act 1996 to Adjoining Owners, the consequences of not dealing with the residual structure above the ceiling places a huge health and safety risk to the occupants sleeping below,
Fortunately, following this discovery, our client were quick to respond and appoint us to undertake the structural support to the residual brickwork within the roof space. Operating from a basic drawing concept, we formulated and installed the structural steel support system shown in the images. Assembled as a series of sections to fit within the confined space, this bespoke structural steelwork was designed to pick up the over-sailing brickwork and carry structural loads back through robust load-bearing elements of the building and arrest any further movement.