The subject building was a socially-owned Victorian terraced house with significant bay window cracking and rotational movement reported. Structural engineers had been engaged and their investigation revealed the bay windows’ footing had been affected by leakage from a damaged drain and repairs instigated.
To avoid costly underpinning and new footing, the structural engineers recommended delaying any further works to allow some recovery of the underlying clay to take place. Thereafter, they recommended that remedial works should be undertaken to include some rebuilding of the rotated brickwork at ground floor and the reconnecting and restraining of the bay window structure at ground and first floor levels with bed joint reinforcement and lateral restraints.
Our remedial scheme provided a viable repair by introducing bed joint reinforcement beaming, crack stitching and brickwork repairs to reinstate the uniformity of the structure.
To the basement level of the front bay window we provided temporary support and braced the brickwork columns to accommodate the deconstruction of a sufficient amount of distorted brickwork to accommodate the realignment and reconnection of brickwork and masonry elements onto the existing footing.
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