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Repairs to structurally-unsound buildings using helical stainless steel reinforcement
This paper describes the merits of using helical steel to repair structurally-unsound buildings, instead of traditional demolition and rebuild. It promotes the use of helical steel as a way of maintaining the existing structure and reintroducing structural stability back into it, using a more economical solution. It explains the basic methods used and the types of application it can be used for. It tells the benefits of using a product that creates minimal disruption to the masonry, giving a concealed, structurally-reliable repair. The paper gives one case study as an example of using this system on a listed building, and describes how this benefited the client and the local authority.
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Bernie Smith is a member of The Association of Building Engineers and also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. He started his career within the construction industry at trade level, and quickly progressed into management. After two or three years, Bernie moved into training and spent a short time helping to set up, and running the Prince’s Trust construction school in West Norfolk, before working for a local authority as a Clerk of Works. After a number of years as Regional Surveyor for a leading high street electrical company, he then set up his own company, Smith Building Services Ltd, specialising in maintenance and remedial repairs, and focusing a large part of the business on structural repairs. Employing 20 people, the company carries out specialist repairs on both historic and modern buildings throughout East Anglia and beyond.