Five Villages House

Structural Renovations Five Villages House

Structural Renovations Limited have completed works to a development specifically designed for Independent Living, in the small village of Icklesham, East Sussex.
Five Villages House was constructed in two separate phases; Phase 1 – 1979 and Phase 2 – 1989, both being opened by the Bishop of Lewes, with the ethos of allowing the over 60s to maintain their independence, whilst living in a safe and friendly environment, with communal hubs to socialise.

Our works concentrated on the reinforced cantilevered balconies on both Phases, which although maintained periodically over the years, now required specialist treatment. Sika Limited, who we are approved by, developed a specification to repair any defective concrete, including the installation of corrosion management capsules, which migrate to the mild steel reinforcement, to pacify any ongoing corrosion that could lead to future spalling. The undersides of the balconies were thoroughly cleaned and treated with an anti-carbonation coating, to further assist in extending the life of the concrete.

The balcony decks and faces were waterproofed with a 3 coat polyurethane coating, incorporating a natural quartz grit for slip resistance.

All works were regularly inspected throughout the project by Sika Limited and are covered 10 year Warranty.

In addition to the above works we also carried out localised masonry stabilisation, using a variety of Helifix repair details, who we are an Approved Installer for, together with render repairs to window surrounds, using a latex modified render mortar.

The project was completed to the agreed programme period and with the minimum of disruption to the residents and staff.

Sindlesham Court

Sindlesham Court - Structural Renovations

Structural Renovations Limited have recently undertaken a specialist masonry stabilisation project to a Grade II listed property in Berkshire, for a repeat business client.

Sindlesham Court was built in the Mid-17th Century for a prominent family in the area. It remained a large residential property until it was requisitioned in WWII to house female employees of the Miles Aircraft Company, based in Woodley. It is currently used as a Masonic Lodge and events venue.

Following a detailed survey it was established that part of the parapet wall was severely out of plumb (>110mm over a 1.0m height) and required stabilisation, together with areas of cracked masonry/brickwork below.

The defective length of parapet was carefully demolished and rebuilt before the installation of a Helifix Scheme.

As an Approved Installer for Helifix the newly built section of parapet was diamond drilled vertically down by 1.5m at 1.0m centres. Helifix SockFix anchors were then installed and secured in position using Helifix SockFix Grout, injected through a proprietary pressure vessel.

The cracked areas of brickwork below the grouted anchors in the parapet required Helifix HeliBeam to be installed, whereby Helifix HeliBar is embedded in Helifix HeliBond Grout before repointing to match surrounding brickwork.

Once installed both items described above ensure the parapet is tied to the main façade, to prevent future failure.

A 10 year Helifix Warranty was provided following completion.

Imperial College

Structural Renovations Limited were recently employed as a specialist sub-contractor to complete various remedial works to a number of buildings across the South Kensington Campus. Due to programming issues our works were phased to include two separate visits.

Phase 1 of the works involved masonry stabilisation and modified render repairs to both the Huxley Building, 180 Queens Gate and the Blackett Laboratory, within the main campus.
The masonry stabilisation aspect of the works involved connecting the internal and external leaves together, using proprietary stainless-steel ties, dry fixed into each leaf. We also connected brickwork and blockwork to the reinforced concrete slabs using a different proprietary tie set in a 2-part epoxy/cementitious grout.

Modified render repairs were then carried out where the existing sand and cement materials had failed due to a lack of provision for movement. Joints were also formed to allow for future movement, which were sealed using a 1 part polyurethane joint sealant.

Phase 2 saw us return to site and carry out stone remedial works to 58 Prince’s Gate. This involved the localised removal of spalled and defective areas of the previously painted stone façade, preparation of the substrate, and subsequent reinstatement to the original surface profiles, using proprietary polymer modified mortars.

East Gate, Harlow

East Gate, Harlow - Waterproofing

Structural Renovations have recently completed works to install a reinforced liquid applied membrane to the concrete canopies over the shops on East Gate, Broad Walk, East Walk and Terminus Street in Harlow. The works also included concrete repairs and masonry stabilisation.

The works were carried out in two phases, in the first phase included the application of a reinforced, solar reflective coating to the canopies and concrete repairs and the introduction of expansion joints to the soffits. The top surfaces of the canopies were cleaned and then primed with Flexcrete Bond Prime, followed by the application of Flexcrete Roofdex HB reinforced with Flexcrete Cemprotec GFM 100. Concrete repairs to the soffit were carried out using Flexcrete Monolite. Finally expansion joints were installed, using Fosroc Nitoseal MS60, at regular centres to help prevent future cracking.

The second phase of works were to install Helifix DryFix ties into the large decorative panels on each corner of the building. This was to ensure there was a connection between the decorative panels and the underlying substrate. Following our installation the panels were subsequently rendered over by others to provide a uniform finish.

West Reservoir Centre

West Reservoir Centre

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.

Hythe Imperial Hotel

Hythe Imperial Hotel

As part of the hotels major refurbishment Structural Renovations have been awarded the contract to undertake external repairs and waterproofing of the concrete surfaces.

This large imposing hotel overlooks the English Channel and the harsh coastal environment has been a major contributory factor to the defects identified.

Concrete repairs were carried out to the balcony edges and detailed cornicing using a hand-placed repair mortar, Sika MonoTop 615 primed with Sika MonoTop 610.

Failed coatings were removed from deck areas, such as balconies and a new liquid applied membrane was applied using Sikalastic 625 accompanied by a 20 year guarantee for the completed works. Existing movement joints were replaced with Sika Hyflex 250 Facade.

Additional phases are due to commence later this year.