Bermondsey Wall West, London : Internal wall base damp to ground floor flats & failure of external render.

This was a very expensive gated residential development that had suffered from internal wall base damp and failure to the external render system soon after completion by the developer. Our nvestigation proved both the cause of dampness and the reasons for failure of the external render system.

High Rise Block, Stoke Newington Road. Contractual dispute relating to rooftop telecom mast installations

The freeholder was in dispute with a telecoms company with regard to alleged claims that rooftop installations had damaged the roof and as a result water was finding its way into the building. We were able to prove that the telecoms installations had caused damage and needed removing to facilitate roof repairs and that removal costs should be borne by the telecoms installer.

Resolving telecoms dispute

Walmer Road, London, Joint Expert Witness Report to determine physical condition of building & state of repair.

Joint expert witness report for Walmer Road in London

The building owner had served a section 146 notice on their tenant after it alleged that the tenant had seriously breached its obligation to keep the property in good repair. The tenant disputed this claim and we were called in to provide a joint expert witness report relating to the state of repair. We were able to demonstrate that a large range of defects were present that would allow water ingress into the building, all of which would have been obvious to any reasonably competent surveyor.

Millennium Drive Block, Isle of Dogs: Longstanding issues with water ingress to a number of flats.

This expensive development overlooks the Millennium Dome but that did not stop constructors building to an extremely poor standard. The building had suffered from water ingress since it was completed and a number of experts had failed to diagnose the problems. By opening up and exposing the construction detail we were able to prove the construction faults lay primarily with the parapet walls and the balcony construction and provide a detailed list of recommended remedial works.

Investigating water ingress at Docklands development

Southgate Road, London: Investigation of poor balcony drainage

Balcony water leaks in London

Balconies to this block had flooded on a regular basis since the block was completed. A detailed investigation and examination of the construction plans allowed us to prove that the developer had omitted to install the correct Harmer Uni-Ring system and had also punctured through the balcony waterproof membrane when installing timber firring strips as a cheap replacement for the missing Uni-ring system.

Londinium Tower, London: Longstanding Issue with rainwater Ingress into a number of flats over a 10 year period

A number of attempts had been made to diagnose the cause of water ingress prior to our involvement. After a detailed site investigation we were able to demonstrate that the metal parapet copings were poorly designed and installed. We highlighted further defects to the external render system caused by a failure to install movement joints.

Investigating water ingress in London high-rise block

Londinium Tower, London: Longstanding issue with rainwater flooding a number of flats since the former office block was converted to residential accommodation.

Investigating water ingress in central London residential block

A number of surveyors had attended this block over a ten-year period and failed to find the cause of water ingress. Within two hours of attending we were able to identify that all balcony French doors had not been sealed in their aluminium frames and were allowing substantial rainwater ingress into all flats.

Brierley Hill, West Midlands: Joint Expert Witness Case to determine the cause of condensation damp to a number of flats above a shopping precinct

Single joint expert witness for damp and disrepair
Severe penetrating damp

All residential flats in this block were affected by severe and chronic condensation damp and a dispute had arisen between the freeholder and the leaseholder as to who was responsible for the cost of repairs. Using thermal imaging and a series of diagnostic techniques we were able to determine that the property was affected by cold surface condensation as a result of cold bridging issues and generally poor levels of insulation. We set out a detailed list of recommendations for remedial works and as the cause was now scientifically proven the dispute with regard to cost liability was resolved.