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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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