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Change of Use

If you are refurbishing an existing building or retrofitting it for change of use, we help to ensure that your materials, designs and structures are fit for purpose, by providing structurally intrusive and non-intrusive investigations.

There are generally no plans available for the construction of older buildings and hence investigations are required in order to allow new designs to be adopted; these can include a structural stocktake, and assessment of redundant capacity and of useable life left in the structure.

We employ techniques such as coring, rebar plotting, structural loading, GPR scanning and material analysis, and consider all substrates:

  • Reinforced concrete
  • Timber
  • Steel
  • Cast iron
  • Masonry.

Our experts will design a full program of sampling and assessments in order to understand the building construction.  The results of the investigation will include a photographic log, full engineering annotated CAD drawings, UKAS accredited test reports and detailed log of findings.  This information is key when designing the new building application.

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Resources

  • Guidance Document

    Top Ten Tips for On-Site Inspection - Testing of Existing Brickwork Buildings
    pdf (389 KB)

  • White Paper

    The Use of Digital Image Correlation in Masonry Research
    pdf (3.58 MB)

  • White Paper

    Cost-Effective Design using Construction Test Methods
    pdf (963 KB)

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