The client had recently purchased this farmhouse building to discover that a section of the original timber roof carcass had collapsed. In addition the ground floor was subject to water ingress caused by flash flooding.
We investigated the problems and identified the causes and prepared a specification for repairs. The works were Tendered and we acted as Contract Administrator.
Upon completion of the works a large percentage of the repair costs were recovered from the company that carried out the pre-purchase survey for the client.
We were instructed by the Housing Association to investigate the cause of damage to a large residential care home in North London.
The building had been partially underpinned, following previous damage a number of years ago, but the damage had progressed further.
We carried out detailed site investigations and a three dimensional distortion survey of the building.
Our investigations enabled us to determine the cause of the further movement and we designed a remedial scheme of works in order to stabilise the building.
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 were appointed by Loss adjusters acting for the Building Insurers to advise upon the extent of damage and likely repairs following a major fire within the main building situated at the far end of the Pier. Apart from the obvious damage above deck there was major concern at the damage to the cast iron beams that tied together the main supporting piles.
STRUCTURAL ADVICE TO BUILDING INSURERS FOLLOWING MAJOR FIRE
An electrical fault resulted in a serious fire causing damage to two timber framed houses.
KMASS were engaged to establish the extent of damage to the buildings and were subsequently appointed to prepare a specification of all repairs, to tender the works and to act as the Contract Administrator overseeing the works to completion.
A UK based client who owned a large Chateau in the Dordogne instructed KMASS to advise in respect of damage following a major flood.
Major cracking had developed to the Church tower and the Parish wished to install a new and much heavier ring of bells.
We investigated the cause of the cracking, carrying out a structural appraisal of the tower.
A structural repair scheme was prepared that would remedy the cracking and permit the installation of the much heavier bells and bell frame and our proposals were put into a Faculty application to the Church of England.
The proposals were approved and the work was completed within programme and to budget.
Not long after purchase of these luxury properties several of the owners experienced problems with the suspended floors deflecting to such an extent that some of the doors on the lower floor would not open.
Our investigations revealed a number of inadequacies and the Buildmark Insurers were notified of the problems.
A scope of repairs was agreed and the floors were replaced in their entirety.
Loss Adjusters acting for the Buildmark Insurers instructed us to investigate the cause of cracking to balconies and the surrounding brickwork facade.
Poorly detailed steelwork and brickwork was identified and a suitable method of repair was advised.