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STRUCTURAL REPORT

ON
HIGH STREET SOUTH

Prepared by

ALPHA DESIGN PARTNERS Ltd.


36 CHADWAY RM8 1UH
Tel: 07984298418; 02085988275, Fax: 08717142137

07 Dec 2016

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BACKGROUND

I have been entrusted the said job to act as principal engineer.


A survey of 146 High Street South ist on 13-Nov. 2016 and 2nd on 02
Dec 2016.
Purpose of the survey/ report was to prepare the structural report with
regard to its current condition as lot many cracks been developed in the
building.
The report is restricted to what was visible at the time of the survey as no
material testing has been carried out.
Number 95 Grove Crescent is a semi detached 3 bed house built in early
1930s. The building is originally built as rectangular shape. The house
consisted on tile clad cut to duo pitch hipped roof, Fist Floor (traditional
timber floor), Ground Floor (traditional timber floor).
The structure comprises of traditional cut to duo pitch-hipped roof. This
roof was originally supported off the external 215mm (9”) solid masonry
walls (front and rear) and the internal spine wall. The said spine wall in
ground is previously removed.
There is a small extension including single storey front entrance and
addition of a spacious bath room at left hand side of front. Bathroom has
been constructed recently and believes that the proper care had been
taken for its foundation.

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OBSERVATIONS
Condition of this 80 - 90 years old property is in accordance to its age. All
external walls are rendered and white painted. At many points the
rendered wall surfaces appears to have been repaired for possible cracks
and where the cracks re-appeared. There are some naked eye visible
cracks on external surface particularly rear wall.
The whole building Ground Floor and rear gardens is approximately
700mm lower than the road side external. There is a Conifer Leyland tree
approx 15m high, lies @ 2.5m from the side wall of original construction.
Required footing depth is greater than 2.5m. It is believed that the
existing house is footed over 600mm deep and 500mm wide which in-
adequate to cope with the effect of conifer tree. Resultantly, the whole
hose has been damaged. Massive cracks are visible in almost whole of
the building.

REMEDIAL MEASURES:
As the cracks can be seen every where, therefore, underpinning to the
depth of >2.5meter deep is needed under all load bearing walls under the
structure engineer's proposal and method.
All external and internal walls are reasonably damaged which need
rectification. Halifax stitching mechanism could be the best option. A
comprehensive appraisal is needed for remedial measures to the damaged
walls and underpinning for long term stability.

DISCUSSION

The building is heavily damaged due to the Conifer Leyland tree in close

proximity of the house Number 95 Grove Crescent. Immediate action is

required not only to stop further damage but also its restoration for future

safety.

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RECOMMENDATIONS

1. The property needs over all refurbishment including existing crack.

The crack is to be repaired using HeliFix bars and grout in accordance


to the engineers details under the supervision of qualified /
experienced person. During re-furbishment work, additional cost of
crack repair would be in the range of £500 - £1000.

2. During inspection, I was told that the new owner plans further

extension. Therefore, the whole property must undergo repairs


including rising damp. Damp Specialist Company needs to be engaged
particularly to deal with rising damp.

CONCLUSION

This is an over century old building, therefore, needs full re-


furbishment. However, the existing structure with proper maintenance
can be safely used for long term residential purpose.

Prepared by

ALPHA DESIGN PARTNERS Ltd.


36 CHADWAY RM8 1UH
Tel: 07984298418; 02085988275, Fax: 08717142137

10th April 2015

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