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Lintel repair in existing brickwork for water tower conversion

Client: Fieldrise Homes
Location: Shenley, Hertfordshire
Approved Installer: MacLennan-LSE
Reference No: CS028

During its conversion into luxury apartments, a 150ft listed water tower required the existing brickwork to be retained and reinforced to allow the creation of lintels for new window openings on each of its 11 floors. Built in 1932, the water tower formerly served Shenley Hospital but this prominent local landmark had fallen into disuse following the hospital's closure in 1990's.

Helifix Solution

  • Stainless steel HeliBars were bonded, with HeliBond cementitious grout, into channelled out mortar beds above and below each new opening. These formed masonry beams that created new lintels using the existing brickwork. The Helifix system overcame the need to install expensive proprietary lintels, avoided the need to remove any bricks, caused minimal disturbance to the existing masonry and, on completion, was fully concealed.
  • The fast, non-disruptive, nature of the Helibeam installation enabled the openings to be created as part of a rapid rolling programme that dovetailed with the window fitters.

The result is an impressive and eye-catching residential conversion.