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 12:52

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 07:32

Post Grenfell High Rise Towers

Robert Thorniley-Walker is on the ICE Task Force of experts following the Grenfell Tower fire. The practice has vehemently argued against the fire policy of "stay until evacuated" in many buildings and argues that technology should be used as a way of communicating with residents.

For around 13 years, S&CC has been partially engaged on the design and site work for the forensic investigation and strengthening of high-rise residential concrete towers.

Several of the towers were the Ronan Point-type large panel system (LPS). Investigations continued to provide new surprises in the 1960's construction. In Three Towers 15 km of carbon fibre were installed to reinforce the floor slabs.

Robert has given many presentations on refurbishing high-rise buildings to members of ICE, IStructE, IMBE & BRE.

The practice has also been involved with inspection and assessment of multi-storey car parks.