A large expanse of concrete slabs were cracking and this was causing serious concern at the environmental impact of contaminants escaping and causing contamination to a nearby watercourse.
Investigatons centred around the suitability and weight of heavy machinary on the slabs, high thermal gradients and temperatures generated by the process of composting and adequacy of the design of the reinforced concrete slabs.
A scheme of remedial works was put in hand.
We were instructed to investigate the causes of severe cracking to the main buildings and to specify a series of detailed investigations and laboratory tests to enable the cause and extent of the problem to be established.
We advised upon various repair options and associated costs.
A private Secondary School in St Albans had difficulty arranging building insurance because of extensive cracking to a number of buildings.
We assisted in the resolution of the problem by investigating the various causes of the cracking and we specified a range of suitable specialist structural repairs.
KMASS investigated the extent of damage to this listed property following the Buncefield Oil Depot “Explosion”.
We advised a suitable scope of repairs to the walls, roof and internal finishes. The matter was settled by Insurers.
Following a flash flood, the external drainage system surcharged resulting in extensive flood damage to the basement flat within this mansion block.
KMASS were engaged to prepare a specification of repairs that included design and specification of a retro-fit waterproofing system.
The waterproofing system was designed to comply with BS 8102; “Protection of structures Against Water from the ground” and the installation company provided a 20 year guarantee on the system that was backed by an independent Insurance company.
KMASS prepared the design & specification, Invited Tenders from suitable specialist contractors and fulfilled the role of Contract Administrator.
Over a weekend a leaking water pipe and tank within the roof space of the main building caused extensive flooding to several classrooms, offices, entrance area, the IT Suite and the kitchen.
KMASS were instructed by the school and an immediate plan of action was implemented involving:
1) Isolation of a work area for repairs.
2) Construction of temporary classrooms in the rear playground and temporary toilet facilities to the front garden area.
3) A scope of repairs were identified and builders instructed to proceed.
The work was sequenced so as to allow the school to continue to operate, albeit with some level of inconvenience to the normal routine.
KMASS performed the role of Contract Administrator seeing the work through to completion.
Upon instruction we carried out a structural survey in order to identify the full extent of defects.
Following further instruction from the client, we prepared structural and building details for the remedial works and dealt with Party Wall matters.
Loss Adjusters acting for the Buildmark Insurers instructed us to investigate this multi-storey building in Wandsworth following concerns raised by the residents at gaps appearing within the floorboards on the upper levels.
Our investigations revealed that the outer brick gable wall was inadequately supported at first floor level and it was pulling the building over to one side.
We engaged with the original Developer of the site and they carried out a major scope of repairs at their own cost in order to remedy the defect.