The restoration of a Derbyshire town house

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Olympic Construction was contacted by the owner of a stone built town house in the Derbyshire town of Glossop who found the information on the Heritage and period properties page of our website. The reason for the original call being dampness affecting the internal elevation of the lounge.

On inspection it was discovered there were a number of defects which were presenting a risk of water ingress into the front elevation of the property, this most obvious one being the incorrect installation of the gutter and rainwater down pipe, this was a simple fix and was undertaken the flowing week.

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The restoration of Delph Lodge Chimney

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Olympic Construction were proud and privileged to be instructed to undertake the restoration works on the chimneystack of Delph Lodge, Delph Oldham, the property is a prestigious private residence recently purchased by our client who wanted to restore the original chimneys into working order, as part of an ongoing restoration project using traditional construction methods and materials.

Delph lodge forms one of two properties located at the foot of Saddleworth moor, believed to have been constructed in the early 1900, which was later extended to the right hand elevation, the property became a grade II listed building on the 3rd July 1986 (English Heritage Building ID: 212088).

The restoration works to the chimney structure being required to repair the damage as a result of neglect, long term water damage and lack of inappropriate and unsympathetic maintenance of the property by past untrained contractors.

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Wall tie training and continual development day

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As part of the continual training and development of our staff and so ensuring a first class service to our customers, four of our technicians, plus our head surveyor and managing director, Adrian Dawson attended a wall tie training course at the new Property Care training center in Cambridge in association with Pam ties.

The training center is fully equipped to provide training on all aspects covered by the Property Care Association, from damp/ water proofing to structural related defects, with fully equipped training rooms for both theoretical and practical sessions.

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The course covering both the theory side of wall tie installing, which is covered within documents ‘BRE digest 329 Installing wall ties in existing construction & BRE Digest 401 Replacing wall ties. Continue reading

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What You Should Expect From a Damp Survey

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When purchasing or selling a property following the valuation inspection being completed by the RICS surveyor, you may find a recommendation to have a further damp and timber survey undertaken by a ‘Specialist damp and timber surveyor/ contractor who is a member of the PCA Property Care Association, the reason the PCA is recommended is simply because RICS acknowledge members of the PCA will be both qualified and accountable. Continue reading

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Rising dampness

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What is rising dampness?

Rising dampness: Is the upward movement of ground water through permeable building materials by capillary action, the level rising dampness can rise is affected by many factors.

  • The water rises through a series of inter-connecting pores within the structure by a process termed ‘capillarity suction’ in simple terms a porous masonry acts like a wick.For rising dampness to occur the suction of the wall must be greater than the suction of the ground otherwise water will not rise.
  • Evaporation will have an effect on the height rising dampness will affect a wall.
  • Gravity will have an effect on the height rising dampness will affect a wall.
  • The Porosity of material the wall is constructed from, will have a major effect of the height moisture will rise.
  • The construction and the thickness of the wall structure, will also have a bearing.

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Institute of Materials

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Managing director and head surveyor of Olympic Construction Adrian Dawson has been awarded the grade of Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) with the IOM3 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. To qualify for the award requires the candidate to achieve an approved Level 3 qualification of OND, ONC or qualification gained as part of a modern apprenticeship, in a relevant engineering, science or technology subject with 4 years training and experience.

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Cavity wall insulation causing damp?

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Cavity wall insulation a way of saving money or in some cases a free path to causing damp within your property.

Cavity walls were introduced around the early 1900’s ,originally to properties constructed in coastal areas and properties in exposed conditions to reduce the risk of rain penetration from driving rain, prior to this properties were constructed of thick stone wall structures or two separate leafs of masonry infilled with rubble. Continue reading

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Insurance Backed Guarantees

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Are YOU aware the Guarantee system is changing in 2015

 

This is mainly due to issues which occurred during the financial collapse which occurred in 2009 commonly termed the ‘Credit crunch’ which left a number of banks, lenders and insurance companies in serious trouble, with many having to be bailed out by the public money and we are still feeling the aftermath of the in 2015. Continue reading

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