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.
External concrete repairs and coatings have recently been completed by Structural Renovations at The Charterhouse School near Godalming.
The school was established in 1611 in London and moved to its current site in 1872. Since then buildings have been added, including the 2 storey Art Studio constructed in the 1970s, to accommodate the growing numbers of boarders
Following previous successful works to the swimming pool, budget figures were provided for the external concrete repairs and corrosion control to the Art Studio. Subsequently the contract was awarded for completion during the school holidays.
The ground floor concrete frame and soffit to the first floor cantilever slab were pressure washed and concrete repairs carried out using the Sika MonoTop repair mortars. Margel capsules were installed as a vapour phase inhibitor, followed by the application of a SikaGard water based elastomeric coating to provide a uniform protective coating.
Other works of a decorative nature were carried out to enhance the aesthetics of the completed works.