New service to ‘extend the life’ of buildings
20 September 2023
Construction engineering and infrastructure services business Keltbray has launched a new service in response to the growing need to deliver a more sustainable circular economy-led approach to the safe re-use or extension of life of buildings and infrastructure.
The Wentworth House Technical Services (WHTS) team will provide testing and analysis of the integrity of materials in existing steel and concrete structures.
The company says that it will help developers and constructors overcome the challenges faced by incomplete and imperfect structural data to facilitate re-use, caused by modification and information loss over a building’s history.
The technical offering includes a complementary range of services to enable structural re-use of a range of building types across built environment and infrastructure sectors.
Technical services cover: Surveys and investigations; Materials sampling and structural testing; Design support for these activities; Monitoring of structures; Structural strengthening and protection (Extension to service life).
The new division will sit within the existing Wentworth House Partnership specialist business.
“Our recent experience has revealed a fundamental shift in clients’ treatment of building assets at the traditional ‘end of life’ phase, with an increasing swing towards re-modelling and re-purposing of existing structures, away from the old de-facto model of demolish and rebuild,” said Tim Lohmann, Keltbray’s Director of Strategic Engineering.
He added that, “WHTS represents a step-change in our technical capabilities, enabling our clients to extend the life or re-use of existing buildings and structures, which would otherwise be destined for demolition.”