A defining characteristic of the new construction projects underway in the UK is the number of high rise projects being planned. In London alone there was an increase of some 56% in the amount of plans submitted during 2015. This is a huge rise and showcases the challenging conditions in the capital.
One of the concerns about high rise projects is the prospect of mistakes from the past being repeated in the future. It is the case that a significant number of structural refurbishment projects are underway for existing high rises. Many of these are done to increase stability and to renovate the property. Throughout the work relevant structural supports are needed, particularly if any alterations are being made to the fabric of the building.
Whilst the level of works being carried out on existing structures might, at a broad level, cause some to question progressing with more, it’s important to understand that mistakes from the past are being addressed in the projects. The latest technologies and approaches developed to avoid problems with new buildings are also being retrofitted to existing ones.
In respect of the new technologies used in high rise building construction it would be fair to say that the most significant developments have been in the concrete used. The introduction of reactive powder and self consolidating concrete has led to greater tensile strength in buildings, helping to avoid the frequency of repair work required going forward. Unstable buildings which require structural refurbishment are benefiting from having this work carried out in a way that makes use of these new concrete developments.
Whether it’s for new high rise projects or for carrying out repairs to existing ones we’re proud of the contribution we have made to construction work of this nature. Our temporary works and structural support services have, time and again, proved to be pivotal in achieving the assured stability required in these projects.