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Product Training Day

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Training of employees is important, to show you have an interest in them and to ensure they are providing the correct high quality of service to our customers, and they are confident in the products and systems they are using, as well as covering the health and safety requirements of the company. New products and systems are always being developed by companies, one of our suppliers SafeguardEurope recently introduced a new damp/ salt membrane system onto the market, this being one of many new systems introduced to control dampness/salts within a property.
We arranged a training day for our employees with Safeguard representative and training officer Brian England,


Brian soon got on with the task, explaining what the products limitations and benefits over a cement render system, knowing the technical information is an important part to understanding any system.
The training was not only limited to technical information, Brian is hands on and soon got the lads involved with the correct site preparation, mixing and application of the system.
One of our apprentices getting to grips with applying the Drybase adhesive.









It wasn’t long before the older more experience guys wanted to get involved, as they are as enthusiastic to learn as the apprentices, to ensure they don’t get left behind.

Gareth getting some practice in under supervision on his first whole wall, he seems to have got the hang of
Drybase Flex Membrane, is a watertight low-profile membrane, for protection against moisture ingress (rising and salt dampness damp) suitable for application to both walls and floors.
Drybase Flex Membrane is produced in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality and environmental management systems.
As a life expectancy of minimum 50 years.
Allows the application of a number of plastering / lining systems.
Faster drying times than cement renders, as well as improving the thermal value of the wall, so reducing the risk of condensation forming and reduces heat loss.
Olympic Construction considers training of employees an investment in the future and keeping up to speed with new systems and products, as a way of providing the customer with the high quality of service they expect from us, a Property Care Association (PCA) member.
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Restoration Of Painted Brick & Stonework With Our Cleanpoint System

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The restoration of a traditional, period or listed property can be challenging and involve many forms, the cleaning to the external and the removal of the paint applied to the exterior brick or stonework being one of the most challenging Sand blasting should always be avoided, as this removes the architectural detail and face from the stone/brickwork, leaving a porous face which will allow water ingress into the building structure, which presents a high risk of penetrating dampness and mold affecting the internal of the property. Removing layer upon layer of old paintwork to reveal the natural beauty of the brickwork can be dramatic and will completely change the look and dimension of your property.

The removal of the paint by our Clean point system can add value to the property and also helps in preserving the brickwork, removing impermeable paint allows the brickwork to breathe naturally, so reducing future maintenance costs from blown brick work and damp
areas forming on the interior of the property, Even minor defects in the paintwork will allow moisture to eventually find its way in behind the paint and slowly erode the
/stone brick face.

(Photograph showing water trapped under impermeable paint
applied to the external of a house in Manchester resulting in internal dampness.)

On listed building, conservation restrictions will also prohibit the use of sand blasting in many cases, due to the extensive damage this process causes to the structure and historical detail.
There are many chemical products which can be applied to remove paint from the masonry, but these arenormally a painstaking process and depending on the location and scope of the works can take days/ weeks
to complete, and in some cases it is just not practical and there are a vast number of health and safety
implications to be taken into consideration for both the works force and the general public.
Our Cleanpoint paint removal system, can peel back the years by removing numerous layers of paint applied to the exterior brick/stonework, without causing any damage to the underlying structure and reveal the natural beauty of your property, the photograph showing over sixty years of paint having been removed from a stone cill, with no damage to the stone structure or face.




The external of your property has been subjected to years of atmospheric pollution and weathering, which hides the natural beauty of the structure and ornate detail under the dirt that has built up over the years, after cleaning the decorative features will be shown in their full glory.
We can also clean back the years of dirt and grim build up which forms on the surface of brick and stonework, without causing damage to the architecture finish or the face of the brick or stone.
Once your property has been brought back to its original prestigious condition, then we can provide you with the information required to protect the external sur face of the stone/brickwork with a Stormdry system, which will allow the structure to dry naturally, reducing the
risk of dampness affecting the internal of the property and reducing the energy bills, by improving the which in
Contact us today to arrange a survey of your property to see how we can reveal the natural beauty of your property, whilst reducing the risk of dampness and fungal decay as well as saving you money on your heating and vat.
See the results of what careful cleaning and restoration can do to earn you money


The owner of this property was struggling to sell theIMG_1192
property, due to the condition of the external elevations
which had been covered with a number of different paint
layers over the years, our client telling us.
Potential purchases made appointments to view, but didn’t turn up,
when the estate agent contacted them, they informed them
they were put off by the appearance of the outside.
The photographs on the right showing the sample test
undertaken (a small charge is made for this service).
The photographs above show the before and after views of the property, when work was completed on this contract, the customer came out in profit, by having the paint removed from the property, the value of the property was increased to well above the cost of the work, and the client sold the property within eight weeks of it being put back on the market. We can also undertake commercial contracts, the property below is the rear entrance and customer carpark to a commercial property, used as offices in Manchester, we were informed by the owner, the aesthetics of the property were putting potential tenants off. A full renovation and face lift was planned for the property to make it commercially viable, as part of the these works, we were contracted to undertake the work of removing the years of paint and dirt, before pointing works and new windows were to be installed by the main contractor.
Below Bitumen paint was applied, by contractors who incorrectly assumed moisture was entering through the brickwork, in most cases, as in this one, the properties have been standing for 100 years without water penetration, so why should it suddenly start allowing water in now, the application of the bitumen paint didn’t stop the dampness issues, infact it likely made them worse, the wall is also a cavity wall construction,
as we explained to our client the water cannot pass through the brickwork and jump across a 75mm cavity, which is filled with air. When a full inspection was undertaken by Olympic Construction, we established the dampness issues within the property were due to condensation, new double glazed windows had been installed with no ventilation and the internal surface of the gable wall was exposed and fell below dew point, resulting in condensation and mould forming on the internal s
urface. We addressed the environmental problems within the property, by installing a Nuaire drymaster to improve the ventilation and insulated passive ventilation, to reduce heat loss and the condensation and mould disappeared.
The client wanted the bitumen paint removing, as it was spoiling the aesthetics of the traditional brickwork
and lime mortar wall and reducing the breathability of the structure, we undertook a sample cleaning test and where contracted to undertake the cleaning and repointing works to the wall with a nice new lime mortar.
(Photographs showing the trial sample of bitumen paint removed (left) and wall area fully cleaned and restored, with new lime pointing.)
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Olympic Construction is proud to have won the ‘PCA Outstanding Customer service Award 2016’

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Awards Logo_silver themeOlympic Construction is proud to have won the ‘PCA Outstanding Customer service Award 2016’

The award is presented to the PCA member who has shown continued and improved customer service to its clients, not only in the past year.

Customer service, is a team effort so, I would firstly like to thank my team has a whole, for without their efforts and support we wouldn’t have the satisfied customers, they should also be proud of their achievements and dedication.

Secondly, I would like to thank our customers for the testimonials they provided over the years, we are proud and honoured to have provided you with the service you truly deserve.

Finally, I would like to thank The Property Care Association PCA, for providing the excellent training opportunities which allow us to provide the outstanding customer service, to our clients, as training is a key part being able to provide good customer service.

May 12th 2016: PCA Conference & Gala Dinner

May 12th 2016: PCA Conference & Gala Dinner

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The restoration of Christ Church School

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The property is a grade II listed building located in Accrington Lancashire, originally the property was Christ Church School Hall, which was converted into apartments, in the early 1990s.

The gable elevations are of a 600mm thick sand stone rubble infilled construction. The roof is of a traditional queens post truss and purling construction, which take their bearings from the gable elevations and queens post trusses, which in turn take their bearings from the north and south facing elevations, under a natural slate covering.

The gable elevations were causing concern, due to an outward lean on the east gable and distortion to the lower central area of the west gable. An outward deflection of 90mm in the vertical plane was also found to be affecting the North elevation, when scaffolding was finally erected. Olympic Construction were contacted by Consultant Engineer Roger Westbrook, to provide costs and specification for a structural stabilisation system which could be installed and  would be acceptable to the conservation officers.

The first issue which had to be overcome was access, as the roof gutter line was eight meters from the ground and the area below was now residential apartments, access would need to be gained from the external, once inside the roof void we had to make a safe working platform, to construct two mobile scaffolding systems to allow access to the upper areas of the roof which were a further seven meters high, health and safety on this job would be of paramount importance.


Photograph showing external view
To conform to conservation requirements, we had to provide a specification to stabilise the structure of the building, which was sympathetic to the building structure and preserve as much of the historic building fabric as possible, the stabilisation specification was designed by our surveyor Adrian Dawson, who used the existing structural elements of the property to restrain and stabilise the structure and cause minimum damage, but most importantly, if required could be completely removed from the structure in full, so allowing the property to be returned to its original condition without causing any major damage, site meetings were held with all parties concerned and the specification was agreed.

The specification
To stabilise the gable elevation a timber framework was constructed within the roof structure, using 6m 100 x 100 section timbers to form a structural frame, these connected the existing queens post truss and the purlings where they took their bearings from the gable elevation, with 200mm coach bolts.


Photograph showing constructed framework within roof void.

To fix the gable elevations to the constructed framework, the 600mm external elevations were drilled and lateral restraining ties were installed at 600mm centers along the apex and horizontally at the purling levels, in total 140 ties were installed and tested.


On closer inspection of the external structure from the scaffolding, it was found the coping stones to the East gable elevation had slipped by approximately 40mm, this had resulted in the kneeler stone which holds the large coping stones in place rotating outward, presenting a risk of this being displaced, which presented a dangerous situation, the pointing to the upper East gable being in a very poor condition.




his presented further logistical problems, due to the weight of the coping and kneeler stone sections which were estimated to be around 500 kilograms, to address these issues the scaffolding needed to be adjusted and strengthened to be able to take the weight of the additional stonework and jacking system, which needed to be used to maneuverer and relocate the stonework.

The Coping stones were first fixed with stainless steel dowels to prevent any further slipping of the stonework, the base cooping trimmed to allow the resetting and fixing of the kneeler stone, this having to be maneuvered back into location using hydraulic jacks, this then being fixed to the existing stonework with stainless steel pins and resins.

Samples of the original lime mortar were removed from within the wall structure, this was sent off to be analysed and was identified as ‘Fox cragg’ this was made up as a premix by the suppliers for continuity and delivered to site, the upper gable elevation being repointed to ensure water tightness of the structure.



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Cavity Wall Insulation can create a serious Damp Problem

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Olympic Construction are full members of the PCA (Property Care Association) and our surveyor holds the industry recognised CSRT qualification (Certificated Surveyor In Remedial Treatment). So when undertaking any survey on your property you can be assured we will undertake a professional trustworthy survey and investigation, delivering peace of mind and correct diagnosis of any dampness related problems within the property.



j2Due to funding from the government, there has been a substantial rise in the number of properties which have cavity wall insulation installed. When taking into account the points within the’ CIGA (Cavity Insulation Agency) Property assessor’s guide’ it soon becomes apparent a large number of the properties where cavity wall insulation has been installed, were not correctly inspected or not suitable for cavity wall insulation to have been installed.

Unfortunately, homeowners are unlikely to be unaware the cavity wall insulation has not been installed correctly until a problem has developed, because until then there are no obvious signs of the defects, or incorrect installation. They will not know if it is over-packed, under filled, has slumped, were areas have been missed and sub-floor ventilation having been blocked or obstructed.

As part of our pre-purchase damp and timber survey service, undertaken by Olympic Construction our surveyors are qualified to recognise were cavity wall insulation has been installed, but more importantly where this has been incorrectly installed and were it is causing or likely to result in a potential problem within the property, in relation to dampness, timber decay and structural issues. Cavity wall insulation installed incorrectly can lead to expensive problems, resulting in damp penetration and fungal decay.
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Olympic Construction awarded ‘Which’ Trusted Trader Status

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Olympic Construction are proud to announce they are the 1st Oldham based Damp proofing and Preservation Company to be awarded ‘Which’ Trusted Trader Status.


We are also members of

The Property Care Association (PCA).

Trustmark Registered (Government Endorsed Standards)

CHAS The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme

Which Trusted Trader


So whether you are a home owner or looking for a pre-purchase survey for wall ties, damp and timber or a, landlord, letting agent, building contractor or a commercial client, you will benefit from the first class, personal and professional service from our qualified surveyors.

What should your survey cover? Find out from the link

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Cavity Wall Insulation

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What is the purpose of a cavity wall?

The purpose of the cavity wall is to help prevent rain water from penetrating through the outer wall to the inside of the property.

Cavity masonry walls were introduced on the exposed western coasts in the early nineteenth century, to stop penetrating dampness to the inside surfaces due to wind-driven rain. Due to the success at preventing penetrating dampness the construction of cavity walls spread to other, dryer, parts of the country, with the added benefit of the natural insulation created by air layer trapped within the cavity. Continue reading

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Condensation used to be associated with poor housing and lifestyle

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condensation on window

For the cure for condensation within your home call Olympic Construction Certified Damp Surveyors today

Condensation used to be associated with poor housing and lifestyle, but not any longer it is now becoming a growing problem within new properties and homes which have been refurbished with energy saving materials such as double glazing, cavity wall insulation and external cladding. Continue reading

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Face fit testing


The quality of a company and the work it undertakes isn’t limited to the site, it starts much earlier than this with a sound working back ground, as well as an effective office system, correct insurance and qualifications for the staff, there is also the issues of Health and Safety to consider, looking after the health and safety of both the staff and the customers is paramount with Olympic Construction.

Our health and safety is monitored through both the trade association the Property Care Association, Chas, and construction line.

Legal requirement

It is a legal requirement under Health and Safety legislation OC281/28 that respiratory equipment must provided for employees, the equipment must be of the correct type, fit for purpose and must be tested, these tests recorded and the records kept for forty years. Continue reading

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Property Care Alternative Repair Strategies for Traditional Buildings

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Property Care Alternative Repair Strategies for Traditional Buildings, working with Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)

The course was held at the PCA practical training center, which provides excellent facilities for hands on practical and theory courses to be held for both PCA and none PCA members, to get full hands on training in many aspects in the remedial industry.

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