Residents in Portsmouth Forced to Leave Tower Blocks

Two buildings owned by Portsmouth City Council have been investigated and found to be ‘not as strong as expected’. 18 storey buildings Horatia House and Leamington House are home to 800 people.

Since the Grenfell Tower fire, issues with LPS blocks have been emerging across the country.

The Bison system of large panel construction was used in the buildings.

Horatia House and Leamington House both featured aluminium composite material cladding. Last year following the Grenfell Tower fire, this was removed.

An LPS high rise building in Newham partially collapsed following a gas explosion in 1968.

After this disaster, LPS blocks were meant to be strengthened however Southwark Council found out that tower blocks on its Ledbury Estate hadn’t been brought up to the required standard.

Since then, many other housing associations have been carrying out more checks on large panel blocks.

In Portsmouth alone, there are five other Council owned LPS blocks. However, the Council says that following structural surveys they have no concerns about these blocks.

Once suitable relocation areas are found, Residents of the 272 affected will be moved out “as soon as possible” but flats will not be evacuated immediately.

LPS construction became popular in the UK in the 1960s as a cost-efficient way of building housing.

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Scottish Schools Double Secured

Our Technical Project Management Division has secured two external façade refurbishment projects on schools in Scotland.

Both of the  schools have 1960’s steel-reinforced concrete paneled façades. Over many years they have been suffering from distress and water ingress issues.

Following surveys carried out by the company’s Survey Division, the Technical Project Management was recently secured. The works are scheduled to commence on both schools in summer 2018.

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Concorr Associate Bill McKeown and his team in the Technical Product Management Division will oversee the Project. Bill has been working closely with the client for several months preparing for the tender and Project Processes.

Bill commented on how this is an excellent opportunity to work with one of our clients on two projects to deliver a major scheme within program and budget.

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Landmark Refurbishment Project Draws to a Close

This month a major external refurbishment project draws to a close with the summer months approaching. De La Warr heights is a landmark building on the sea front in Bexhill on sea.
The building is for mixed use, with residential areas on multiple floors and retail space on the ground floor.
The building also has underground parking.
 De La Warr Heights before
De La Warr Heights before refurbishment
Owned by a prominent London based property company, the building has been the subject of an extensive façade renovation scheme.
This included the removal of the failed render system and application of a new external insulation render. The project was technically as well as contractually demanding due to the building and its location.
The results are a fresh look to this iconic sea front building, as well as much improved insulation property.
De La Warr Heights after
 De La Warr Heights after refurbishment

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Norman Castle Canterbury

Concorr Heritage Division have secured another Norman Castle to survey. This will be the 2nd in the past 6 months having completed Rochester Castle at the end of 2017 and bidding on 2 others in the UK at present.

The survey is a stone by stone survey, therefore very comprehensive and complicated.

By using the latest 3D scanning techniques Rivet Models will be produced from which highly accurate CAD drawings will be produced showing amazing detail.

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Our roped access teams will access all parts of the structure to inspect 100% of the areas as well as making safe loose/dangerous elements.

The report will be used to formulate options for the castles future to make it more accessible to the public and explore the possibility of other users.

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New Team Member

This month we welcome three new members to our technician teams.

Seen here on a recent survey of the Norman Castle, Canterbury are (from left to right) Bradley Spurr, Chris Bennett and Connor White.

Bradley has a background in Ndt and diagnosis having worked for a testing company across the UK on a range of structures.

Chris is an IRATA trained roped access technician and has experience of bridge inspections.

Connor is an IRATA trained roped access technician with on and offshore experience in inspection and testing as well as Helipad and access netting systems.

Welcome Guys!

The latest additions to a growing Concorr Family!

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Christmas Party

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Welcome our new Finance Manager!

Jennifer KouwenhovenJennifer takes on the role of company Finance Manager and has already shown her passion for the task setting about reviewing and changing procedures, systems and generally keeping the companies Directors and Managers in-line when it comes to company finances.

She joins us having recently moved to the UK from South Africa where she had 11 years’ experience in accounts management.

Jennifer has 2 young children and enjoys art, swimming and the great outdoors – South African Safari game reserves and weather vs. Kent countryside and rain, must be mad!

Welcome to the team !

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