Since its launch in 2020 our Structural Support Division has achieved significant growth firmly establishing our place in the market.
2023 has seen further investment in our UniShore product to keep ahead of demand. Alongside this our specialist sales and engineering teams have been expanded to maintain and improve the service we give to our customers.
We now have three dedicated Structural Support Depots across the UK ensuring that we support customers from project concept through to completion.
We have been fortunate to work on interesting and varied projects throughout the country all presenting different challenges for the team and uses for the equipment.
In a busy year in Scotland, we have provided support to the historic Adam Bridge in the Marchmont Estate, the bridge was given a Grade B listing by Historic Environment Scotland. Built in the 1700’s, the bridge has deteriorated due to the effects of weathering and time and was in urgent need of repair, working with contractor Smith & Garratt we designed a UniShore® support system for the arch founded on the riverbed below.
In the North West we were involved at retail warehouse in Blackburn following a fire that extensively damaged the steel portal frame.
UniShore light towers were hand build inside the store to prop at the apex of the frame so that the damaged elements could be removed avoiding the cost and environmental impact of replacing the entire frame. The towers incorporate a hydraulic jacking facility so that the frame can be realigned when the new structure is attached.
In Aldridge in the West Midlands we worked with the structural engineer to develop and provide a wall support solution. As part of the building redevelopment the external walls were to be reduced in height and the internal structure of the building altered. To ensure the safety and stability of the wall we provided a raking prop and waler system that is anchored to the existing slab outside the building allowing works to continue inside uninterrupted.
Earlier in the year we designed and supplied a major temporary as part of the refurbishment and extension of the Grade 2 listed IBM building in central London.
The building was extended by adding floors which in turn necessitated the replacement and strengthening of four of the existing column foundations. The new foundations were to be piled within the footprint of the existing foundation. To allow this, loads in excess of 300 Tonnes were picked up at the underside of 1st floor level. The load was taken through raking props tied at ground floor level through to basement level. Several of the permanent piles were installed early and used to found the props, the system was pre-loaded using UniShore’s hydraulic capability.
Overall another successful year for our structural support team continuing the expansion of our business working with our customers on challenging and interesting projects throughout the UK.
We look forward to 2024 and further developing our team supporting customers old and new.
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