|Client:||Ipswich Borough Council|
|Location:||Browning Road, Ipswich, Suffolk|
A semi-detached property, owned by Ipswich Borough Council, was suffering from extensive masonry cracking, both internally and externally, and widespread masonry failure.
The kitchen, living room and three bedrooms, as well as all three external elevations, displayed a variety of cracks from hairline up to 15mm wide. Cracks were present in walls, ceilings, chimney stacks and at wall junctions with distortions of door and window frames.
The cause of all these problems was structural foundation movement to the flank wall. Consequently, reliable economical repairs were required to restore structural integrity to the superstructure while the foundations also needed to be fully stabilised.
Helifix systems were specified for several reasons: special purpose products were available to undertake all the necessary repairs, both above and below ground; all repairs techniques were fully proven; the use of Dixie micro-piles avoided the need for mass underpinning; pile installation uses hand-held equipment which enabled easy access for the internal piles; the Helifix warranty covered all aspects of the repair.
The works were completed quickly and efficiently, fully stabilising the property.