Tuesday, 01 December 2015 16:21

Water Tower and Pillbox, Seaton Sluice

The Practice provided an inspection and report on concrete structures associated with a World War I fort house. We advised on options for concrete repairs where corrosion of reinforcement had caused cracking and spalling and we put forward recommendations on the appearance of the repaired structure.

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 15:36

Roker Pier

The Practice has undertaken the inspection of many sea walls. We were appointed by Sunderland Council to inspect Roker pier and put together a maintenance plan as part of a scheme to repair and restore the Grade II listed pier, together with the lighthouse and connecting tunnel.

Roker pier and lighthouse together provide an excellent example of a large-scale Victorian engineering project.

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:53

Widespread Cracking

r71-02Widespread cracking in these precast concrete slab units instigated a review of the existing and present condition of the units. Widespread corrosion of steel was believed to have been exacerbated by the high shear stresses, but also by poor detailing of movement joints in the insitu concrete deck.....

Published in Car Parks
Monday, 23 March 2015 12:52

Capacity of Crash Barriers

Cladding to 1960’s car parks is often reaching the end of its life and repair to such sections is often not viable. Deterioration of the structural members needs to be assessed, and columns often require strengthening to enable them to withstand vehicular impacts.

The capacity of crash barriers to restrain vehicles on the upper floors also needs to be assessed. Detailing new barriers that will not encroach on the parking bay can be difficult.

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:50

Central area Car Park

Central area Car Park, Sunderland - Inspection of Insitu Concrete Car Park and outline design of modification for new barriers and cladding.

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:49

Periodic Structural Assessments

r71-04Following a spate of collapses, it is now a requirement that owners of multi-storey car parks should ensure that the fabric is inspected regularly and that they should receive periodic structural assessments.

Published in Car Parks
Monday, 23 March 2015 12:48

Encourage Clients

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A typical fire damaged classroom block where much of the structure had survived the fire. We try to encourage clients to make new school buildings fire resilient.

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:47

Replacement Trusses

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Replacement trusses for the original barrel vault roof were modelled on MasterSeries for structural analysis and design. The gable windows incorporate flitch beam mullions.

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:44

Compilation of Repair Schedule

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Compilation of Repair Schedule for the purchaser. This end cottage on the sea front was built into the cliff face and appeared to have a history of structural distress. The end gable in the photograph is being supported by raking props.

Published in Residential Property
Monday, 23 March 2015 12:37

Masonry Arch Bridges

b16-02Bridges that have stood for centuries are now at risk from flooding.

Masonry arch bridges that have needed no significant previous maintenance suffer from two effects:

  1. Scour around the foundations and at the downstream banks and revetments.
  2. Damage to the superstructure from the force of water and debris against the masonry.
Published in Flood Damage
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