Structural Concrete Alliance COVID-19 Update

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the UK remains a rapidly changing and uncertain landscape. Coronavirus has impacted every avenue of our lives and altered the way we live.

The Chair Writes…

Hello everyone and welcome to the second “The Chair Writes” from the Structural Alliance. The first thing I would like to say is that I sincerely hope that you and your families have remained safe and well during the COVID-19 crisis. Naturally, all of our businesses have been affected in some way by the pandemic. Some […]

COVID-19 causes CITB delays

COVID-19 has unfortunately delayed the qualification process and although CITB have issued a holding notice on the funding available, we have not stood still and 9 assessors have been successfully identified, as well as  2 internal quality assessors. These are being registered for the relevant courses via the National Specialist  Accreditation Team (NSAC). As we […]

Highways England Publishes Standard Specification for Galvanic Anodes within Repair Patches

Engineers with responsibility for managing UK highways structures can now quickly specify galvanic anode patch repair protection, without preparing a Departure from Standard, by incorporating Clause 5712 from the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works (MCHW). It has become common practice to install galvanic anodes at the boundary of concrete patch repairs to control […]

Flexcrete Facelift for DVLA Car Park

A multi-storey car park in Swansea is receiving a major facelift using Flexcrete’s concrete repair and protection products. Foreva Concrete Repairs, a subsidiary company of Freyssinet, is undertaking concrete repair and waterproofing works at the car park on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) site in Swansea. Flexcrete Monopour has been specified as waterproof […]

Gunite: India Building – Liverpool

India Building is a commercial building with it’s principle entrance in Water Street, Liverpool. Mainly an office building it also contains an internal shopping arcade and the entrance to an underground station. It is Grade II listed and must be one of the largest buildings its age constructed of steel and concrete. Gunite (Eastern) Ltd […]

Vector Corrosion Services – Post Tension Impregnation Rawcliffe Bridge

Vector provided material, equipment and technical services to impregnate post-tensioned tendons on the Rawcliffe Bridge over Dutch River in Yorkshire. The work was completed over 5 weeks with support from the main contractor. Bonded post-tensioned cables can experience corrosion and reduced durability when grouting problems such as voids or defective grout are present.  The Post-Tech […]

Cathodic Protection and Masonry Clad Steel Frame Buildings: An Exercise in Preservation and Durable Repairs.

Transitional masonry, clad steel frame construction was an engineering feat of the late 1800s.  Originating as a ‘fire-proof’ construction technique which utilized steel frame elements encased in masonry to transfer load led to immense technological changes in architectural design and construction. By utilizing steel frame construction, the designer was no longer reliant on heavy, thick […]

CRL Continue Working Throughout the Lockdown …

During lockdown Concrete Repairs Limited (CRL) were fortunate to be awarded a new project through our Area 10 Highways England (HE) Framework. The works took place on the Helsby Viaduct and comprised mainly of the following; sill beam repairs under the viaduct, installation of a temporary propping system, abutment bearing replacement, repair works on the […]

M60 Palatine Road Bridge

Balvac is Principal Contractor delivering the structural concrete repairs and impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) works to pier crossheads supporting the M60 Palatine Road Bridge, for Highways England in Area 10. The bridge carries 80,000 vehicles per day over the River Mersey and Palatine Road in Manchester. Each carriageway is constructed from 11 pre-stressed reinforced concrete […]

Rapid Return to Service for Bridge Deck Repair

The A404M Cannon Lane – Bridge Deck End Reconstruction works was a Highways England Project managed by Kier and undertaken by contractors Currall Lewis and Martin. The works included reconstruction of joint edges and repairing defective concrete in the bridge deck. The bridge which carries the A404(M) over Cannon Lane is a busy major route […]

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