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Renovation of historic smithy into modern dwelling

Client: Private homeowner
Location: Beausale, Warwickshire
Reference No: CS030

The ruins of an historic blacksmith's forge, subject to a conservation order, were extremely dilapidated with severely cracked and damaged brickwork that was suffering from loss of support due to inadequate foundations. They were also covered in vegetation growth and close to nearby mature trees but had to be retained as part of a sympathetic restoration and conversion to a modern house.

Helifix Solution

  • Helifix engineers produced a designed repair programme to stitch the cracks and secure existing masonry, tie it to the new build sections and avoid potential future structural movement.
  • As work progressed on the new build structure, pairs of stainless steel HeliBars were set into the mortar of predetermined beds and bonded, using HeliBond cementitious grout, into channelled out mortar beds of the existing masonry to encircle the entire building.
  • The fully concealed Helibeam System secured and reinforced the complete structure, stitching cracks and forming masonry beams that distributed the structural loads while linking the old and the new sections