There are a number of circumstances in which structural strengthening is required to ensure that something built from concrete has the capacity to handle its purpose correctly and safely. Usually that a structure deteriorates with use over the years is a significant factor, but there is also cases where a rapid or sudden change in circumstances causes strengthening to be necessary. Of the many cases that we at Churchill have been called in to assist with, the most frequent relates to roads and bridges.
When roads and bridges were built in the UK, they were done so with estimated projections of how traffic volumes might increase over the years ahead. As well intended and planned as these predictions were, they did not anticipate the rapid growth in both private cars and trucks used for haulage that we have today. In terms of this, whilst the volumes are problematic, it is the weight of these vehicles which places the greatest strain. The prospect of roads collapsing poses some significant danger and threat to life.
The knowledge and expertise of Churchill has been trusted time and again to put in place the necessary structural strengthening of bridges, roads and other surfaces where high volumes of heavy vehicles are a constant factor, such as multi-storey car parks. In terms of a fast, unobtrusive and cost effective means of addressing a problem, it is always preferable to strengthen an existing structure rather than to demolish it and rebuild.
Structural strengthening is not something limited to road or driving surfaces alone. Buildings which have experience some form of damage or need to be repurposed for a different use can be worked on to give the reliable strength needed to function. In many cases it is possible to achieve this, avoiding the time delay and expense of demolishing a property to rebuild.