Structural Renovations are currently employed at Local Government House, 10 storey office block in Smith Square, SW1.
Transport House, as it was originally named, was officially opened in May 1928 and was the headquarters of the Transport and General Workers’ Union, the Labour Party, the Trades Union Congress, and the Workers’ Travel Association.
The original building is now called Local Government House and houses the headquarters of the Local Government Association and a conference centre and is undergoing a major refurbishment which involves the removal of all existing partitioning and finishes.
Structural Renovations are employed to carry out concrete repairs to the concrete floor slabs, following a detailed survey carried out by Peter Brett Associates.
Large voids which have been formed where the concrete slab has been broken out along a diagonal fractures between the filler joists are being reinforced with 16mm diameter ‘L’ shaped reinforcing bars and filled with C40 concrete. Smaller voids such as redundant service holes are filled with Fosroc Conbextra HF.
Defective concrete has been removed from the filler joists. The exposed filler joists have been cleaned and primed, followed by the installation of an expanded metal lathing, the concrete cover is then reinstated with Fosroc Renderoc HB.
Structural Renovations have recently secured a leak sealing project within the basement of a residential complex in Central London, using Sika repair products.
The basement has been converted into secure storage, which is being managed by a private company.
A large number of the movement joints within the slabs, which were constructed in the 1970’s, have perished and failed allowing water to percolate through into the storage units causing damage. It was not possible to access the top of the joints, as they have been landscaped.
After preliminary discussions it was agreed that all works would be carried out from within the basement.
The works involve the preparation of the concrete either side of the joints using specialist grinding equipment fitted with dust suppression and collection preventing damage to adjacent areas. Once complete the existing sealant and compressible boarding within the joints is to be removed and the joints cleaned. A new polyethylene backing cord will be installed and the shoulders of the joint are to be primed and sealed using a polyurethane sealant. To further enhance the waterproofing of the joints SikaDur Combiflex, an elastic membrane, is installed fixed with SikaDur 31, a moisture tolerant epoxy resin, across the joints leaving the centre free to move with the structure.
This robust solution can be applied in vertical joints, tops of decks (assuming it will be buried) and overhead.
Structural Renovations have recently completed masonry repair works at the West Reservoir Centre in Stoke Newington, North London.
Fractures had developed adjacent to the large openings of the main tower building. A specification was developed to reintroduce the structural integrity at these locations using a combination of Helifix HeliBars, CemTies and CrackBond TE.
The building remained in operation throughout and the scaffold was specifically designed and installed so that none of the scaffolding was at ground floor level. Instead the scaffold was erected from the existing steel beams.
Structural Renovations have recently completed waterproofing works at the Port of Tilbury on the site of the Tilbury Green Power Project.
Powered by waste wood material, such as that from construction sites, the facility is expected to generate 300 Gwh of green electricity per year – enough to power more than 80,000 homes.
Structural Renovations were employed to apply Flexcrete waterproof materials within the storage pit of the wood chip storage building. Flexcrete Cemtitious Coating 851 has been applied to the junction of the concrete slab and walls to prevent future water ingress to ensure the stored materials remain dry.
As a final news item for 2016 we thought we would concentrate on our off-site activities, as this year has seen us secure main sponsorship of Leatherhead Football Club. Founded in 1907, as Leatherhead Rose, ‘The Tanners’ play in the Ryman Premier League at Fetcham Grove.
Structural Renovations agreed terms in the close season with Club Chairman, Richard Brady and our Managing Director, Craig Farrand has since been invited on to the Club committee.
September saw former Premier League footballer, Jimmy Bullard appointed as First Team Manager, his initial foray in to the world of management and this has certainly created a positive and exciting atmosphere around the club.
Since undertaking our sponsorship, we have also been involved in the organisation of two fundraising events, raising money for our chosen charity, Princess Alice Hospice, in Esher.
We are very proud to be involved with The Tanners, a club that sits in the heart of the community and wish them every success for this and subsequent seasons.
Following the successful completion of Phase 1, Structural Renovations Ltd have recently commenced work on the remaining 5 phases of external repair, decoration & window replacement to the grade II-listed Edwardian Beaux Arts Building in north London.
Originally built in 1909, the former Royal Mail administration building was transformed into an award-winning development of 180 luxury loft apartments and duplex penthouses.
The works require scaffolding to the whole building to provide access to carry out both concrete & brickwork repairs, protective coatings, window replacement and painting & decorating.
Further painting & decorating is being carried out to the penthouse buildings as well as application of liquid applied membranes to their roofs.
The works are planned to be completed during the summer of 2017.