Helifix engineers have designed sympathetic non-disruptive repairs for a Grade II listed period cottage in south Wales, which was suffering from a number of defects, including outward movement of the gable end wall, internal cracking along the ceiling lines and cracking over the front door entrance. The Helifix product range and associated repair details provided lateral restraint and restored structural integrity to the damaged masonry, leaving the cottage’s original aesthetics and materials intact.
Deep masonry beams were created across the full width of the gable wall by bonding pairs of stainless steel HeliBars into slots cut above and below the first and second floor joists. These stabilised and reinforced the masonry and addressed the cracking over the front door. SockFix stainless steel anchors were then inserted into clearance holes drilled within the Helibeam zone, through the rubble-filled wall and the first two parallel floor joists. The concealed repairs were completed quickly and caused minimal disturbance to the property fabric, the inhabitants or neighbouring properties.