Structural engineering

Modern Building Techniques – ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork)
Modern Building Techniques – ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork)

Over the last 12 months, we are seeing an increase in the use of different construction techniques.  Lack of materials and rising costs of labour have resulted in homeowners, developers and builders adopting different projects and techniques to save money.  The first in the series, presents ICF, or to give them their full name Insulated Concrete Formwork. ICF building systems comprise…

Industrial Archeology
Industrial Archeology

Over the last 25 years we have been involved in the preservation and restoration of many historic buildings across Cumbria and the Midlands including supervising industrial archaeology surveys.  This includes old factories, shops and buildings which have undergone transformation or alterations over the years. One such project was preservation of a property in Gas Street, Birmingham.  The site of one of the first gas producing…

Historic Structure and Damage
Historic Structure and Damage

I was recently assisting a local builder, Croft View Construction, on a historic structure near Longtown, Cumbria.  The project involved the removal and replacement of a roof from the Grade 2 listed Coach House, at Netherby Hall.  The building had been over-roofed in the 1950’s, covering a large internal gutter and series of valleys.  Once removed, the underlying roof revealed the long term effects of moisture…