The refurbishment of existing buildings constitutes a large proportion of the building work being carried out in the UK.
Much of the work is carried out by smaller developers and contractors and even by self-builders. Issues of structural stability often occur, occasionally resulting in collapses. Often, structural engineers have not been appointed to save cost, or their advice overlooked but in many cases the dangers of structural stability during refurbishment are simply not appreciated.
CIRIA has identified a need to provide guidance about the common types of failure, which can be referred to by all involved.
The following types of issue have been identified so far:
• Undermining of foundations
• Removal of essential structural elements
• Loss of lateral stability
To emphasise the importance of the project, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued public records where there have been prosecutions in relation to structural collapse during refurbishment.
The project requires wider-industry consultation, contribution and support now the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Transport for London (TfL) have confirmed their support.
For more information, please contact Alan
or Lee Kelly