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Masonry Specialists

Masonry specialists for commercial projects

Commercial masonry repairs expansion joints

Masonry repairs to this apartment block for the facilities managers included expansion joint installation and repairs to the copings and kneelers.

Masonry specialists, Brick Tie Preservation is a Helifix and Cintec approved contractor with vast experience in the repair and strengthening of masonry on commercial projects. Customers include Facilities managers, The department of Justice, various church diocese, commercial chartered surveyors, structural and civil engineers, architects and maintenance contractors. Our credential, qualifications, insurance protection and health & safety compliance satisfies even the most rigorous of supply chain demands.

These are our commercial masonry specialists pages, if you are a domestic residential client, please transfer to our homeowners pages.

Over the years, we’ve worked on a huge variety of different commercial assignments, such as:

  • HM Prisons
  • Ministry of Defence sites
  • Tower blocks (offices and Apartments)
  • Bridges
  • Retail premises and Hotels
  • Power Stations and other utilities
  • Multi unit residential developments for commercial clients (converted industrial buildings generally)

Experienced Helifix engineers

masonry repairs cintec ties

Fractured and weakened stone at Cusworth Hall (grade 1 listed 1740-45), awaiting Cintec anchor installation by our team

The Helix ‘stress free masonry repair’ system is extensively used throughout our work and our surveyors are all Helifix trained and qualified, Helifix engineers.

Our in-depth knowledge of the use of Helical reinforcement is of real benefit to our commercial clients and we’re often called in to support structural engineers and building surveyors in the investigation and planning of remedial solutions for cracked walls and bulging masonry.

Stitching tie systems are used on coping stones and kneeler features, where the as-built condition is suspect. In depth inspection to clarify the defects and resolve them is our speciality too. All of our tie systems are tested and a robust quality management system ensures compliance with required standards. We can be found on the  Chas register.

Common, commercial masonry problems

commercial masonry repairs qouins and copings

Failed copings, kneelers and quoins in a Brighouse apartment complex (21 units) – fixed by our masonry repair team.

Cracking caused by moisture and heat/cold cycles is common, particularly on post war commercial buildings. We can help in identifying this problem and providing a cost effective solution. This may include new in-situ expansion joints, repair, re-tying or resealing of existing joints or, where necessary, reinforcement work, to strengthen areas and mitigate further cracking.

Displaced quoins at corners of modern buildings are one of the most common results of materials expansion. Our teams regularly address this type of problem, with our thorough repair approach ensuring no recurrence of movement – the process looks like this:

  • A thorough survey both externally and when required, internally and via boroscope.
  • Agreement of a specification offering a robust guaranteed solution and value engineered to be cost effective
  • A pre-start risk assessment and a safe system of work for every project, large or small.
  • Neat re-positioning of the quoins
  • Add new expansion joints if required – dust suppressed cutting, stainless steel Helifix ‘slip-ties’ and high quality colour matched sealants
  • Fill empty ‘purp’ joints (commonly involved in the failure, particularly in newer buildings)
  • Stitch/tie weak areas where required, using the appropriate materials (Helifix, Cintec or hybrid systems)
  • Re-pointing using cement based or lime based materials as appropriate.
  • Decommissioning of the site, environmentally sound disposal of waste and recycling when possible.
commercial masonry reapirs crack stitching

Mixed retail and office building in Wetherby – stone repairs, stitching ties and testing work

Repairs derived from dampness issues.

Water ingress arising due to defective cavity trays, blocked/missing weep holes and cracks is solved using a combination of traditional and modern technology. Investigating and identifying problems is our speciality, with our CSRT qualified surveyors using several methods to ensure accuracy, including:

  • Moisture profiling
  • Thermal imaging
  • Boroscopes
  • Use of our damp diagnosis laboratory facilities for effective testing.

Modular remedial cavity trays are a cost-effective method of solving soffit damage due to water ingress. External pointing using waterproof additives, combined with our Deepshield Pro Water Repellent cream system, has been proven to solve penetrating damp problems many times, including residential mills in the exposed Pennine hills, housing developments and office blocks in Leeds, Sheffield, Scarborough and York.

Best practice means making sure the causes of any damage to masonry are identified; with decades of experience in dampness, commercial clients can be assured we will be able to diagnose the underlying cause of the damage and address that effectively.

Our service includes any re-building in stone or brickwork, to a very high standard. Great effort is made to ‘blend-in’ repairs as much as possible.

Contact our masonry repair specialists

Commercial masonry repairs expansion joints

Our team installing masonry expansion joints in one of several apartment blocks in Yorkshire – Helifix Slip-ties and a detailed survey and specification by Brick-Tie

Call our surveyors and specialists for advice on any aspect of commercial masonry repair, related to cracking, exposure to dampness or movement. We can be reach on Leeds 265 2752 York 566577 or Sheffield 224 5121 or email us  via our contact page

Further Reading:

Still need more information? There are a few links below to useful resources on a wide range of masonry related subjects:

Helifix installer in York for warehouse repair

Lindum construction needed a Helifix installer in York so naturally they turned to us. Lindum are one of the fastest growing and respected contractors in the country, with a great reputation – they do not employ sub-contractors unless high quality and service is guaranteed. The project is the Multi-million pound conversion of the former Bonding Warehouse to turn it into prestigious apartments. Continue reading

Cintec Structural anchors system for historic North Yorkshire Church

It’s not often Brick-Tie are called on to install only 2 wall ties… However, these were no ordinary wall ties, they are Cintec Structural Anchors and, the property, which required them, is rather special. Continue reading

A presentation to Yorkshire’s RICS members on structural repairs and wall tie replacement.

Last Wednesday night I was a guest at the offices of Drivers Jonas Deloitte in the centre of Leeds. The RICS are very keen on continuing professional development and local training coordinator Adam Osborne MRICS, asked me along to bring the members up to speed on specialist structural repairs of buildings and wall tie corrosion. …Continue reading

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