CINTEC SAVES HIGH-RISE FLATS IN SOUTHWARK

 

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Cintec International working in conjunction with Arup have saved high-rise flats in Southwark from costly demolition and re-cladding with brickwork. The 1970’s built flats have a reinforced concrete frame with a concrete nib projecting at each floor level upon which the external brickwork is seated. Over the years the concrete nib had deteriorated to a point at which there was the real likelyhood of it detaching along with the brickwork.

The selected repair option of using the Cintec Corbel anchor was chosen for its serviceability and proven durability along with economical cost. This meant that the brickwork did not require replacing on a new concrete nib or steelwork thereby saving an enormous length of time and cost.

CINTEC FIRE RESISTANT ANCHORS

 

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In view of the recent fires and loss of life in refurbished buildings, Cintec™ has been fully aware of the danger of fire and has always produced fire resistant remedial anchors and reinforcement. In the past few years, fire has been an increasing concern when buildings are being retrofitted, restored, or modernized. On June 14th, 2017, a fire broke out in the 24 storey Grenfell Tower, widely reported as the worst residential fire to take place in the U.K since the second World War, due to failures by design.

As concerns over fire safety spread through the country, Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a public inquiry. As stated in the final report of the review of building regulations and fire safety, England is by no means alone in needing to improve building safety, as building regulations are a global concern. Under the terms of the EC Construction Products Directive, resistance to fire is one of the essential requirements for which performance tests are required. In Europe, thin-joint mortars have become popular, thus there are a number of situations where fixings are made using organic polymers as either the tie body, or in the form of resin glues. Such ties are not inherently fire resistant and could fail and shorten the life of a cavity wall in a fire, or lead to the collapse of cladding resulting in danger to escaping occupants and fire fighters.

Cintec™ anchors are the cementitious fire-resistant alternative to resin anchors. Since Cintec’s™ anchors are based on reliable restoration materials, cementitious grout and stainless steel, they easily provide the elusive fire rating typically absent in other systems.

Over the last few years, a number of fires have had a devastating effect on refurbished buildings, resulting in loss of life. Cintec has put together this leaflet in order to provide additional information to those professionals involved in the rehabilitation of the built environment.

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WEST BLOCK RESTORATION

 

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The West Block was constructed between 1860 and 1865. In 1897 the building was damaged by fire. The West Block is one of the three buildings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario that forms the Parliamentary precinct. The West Block after renovation now houses offices for Parliamentarians, a branch of the Library of Parliament, committee rooms, and some preserved pre-Confederation spaces, which are used for some state occasions. All Canadian laws now originate here.

The world has changed radically since the Parliament Buildings were completed. The stone buildings, although repaired over the years, had begun to deteriorate. Cintec first started work on the west block in 1994 when Cintec reinforcement anchors were installed in the south west tower by Public Works based at Plouffe Park Ottawa. Since then, the West Block has been fully restored and modernized.

WEST BLOCK RESTORATION CASE STUDY

 

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