Shire Stabilizers have been used to repair a Subsidence issue, following an enquiry from Thor Helical Remedial Approved Installer, Trident Refurbishments. Our technical manager, Spencer Caizley visited a mid terrace property in Brixton for Lambeth Living.
The property had suffered from a long term subsidence issue which had caused the front elevation to settle causing the windows to distort, the column of masonry adjacent to the front door to drop and the neighbour was also starting to experience problems associated with the related effects.
Thor Helical Remedial designed a scheme using Shire Stabilizers to support the masonry along the front elevation and porch area. In this instance, ground conditions were suitable to attempt jacking the front elevation back into alignment and remove a significant amount of the recent movement.
Upon completion, the masonry had returned to its original alignment around the window head, avoiding the need to rebuild or provide additional support to the flat arch lintel over the ground floor lintel. The clients witnessed the operation first hand and commented the works were better value than their traditional repairs as well as quicker and less disruptive.
The works were combined with a scheme of Thor Helical masonry reinforcement to compliment the sub structure works. Technical Manager, Spencer Caizley advised that there are thousands of properties in City Centre locations similar to this where Shire Stabilizers can be used to remediate the effects of street trees or long term settlement issues.
He commented “ We hope the success of this operation will highlight to clients the potential this system has to offer technically competent solutions to their problems whilst offering huge savings on their repairs in the current economic times of austerity when budgets struggle to meet the demands of their housing stock.”
Shire Stabilizers and Shire piles have been researched and developed many years to provide a very cost effective, engineered solution for subsidence repairs and to support new lightweight structures.