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Sika helps repair residential building

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Sika has supplied a protective solution for a residential building, as part of refurbishment works being carried out on the Heathgate Estate near Norwich city centre. Work is being completed on a phased basis, focusing on two residential blocks at a time, in order to ensure the long-term comfort and safety of its occupants.

Spalled concrete had occurred and steel reinforcement was exposed in many areas. Norwich City Council turned to Sika for a total solution.

Specified by main contractors, JB Specialist Refurbishments, the Sika MonoTop repair mortar system is renowned for its simple application, as well as offering superb durability and reinforcement for a range of cementitious and steel applications. A full structural report carried out by engineering firm, Conisbee, outlined the required refurbishment at Heathgate. It revealed large areas of the buildings were in a poor state of disrepair due to corrosion initiated by carbonated concrete.

Initial repairs began in February 2016, with the building’s external coating removed in the delaminating areas. Areas where the coating was found to be well adhering following adhesion and compatibility tests were allowed to remain. Hammer test surveys were also undertaken to ascertain the extent of both visual and non-visual defects and subsequent repair areas broken out in preparation for reinstatement. The exposed repair area surfaces were applied with Sika® Monotop®-610, a high-performance, one-component, cementitious polymer-modified primer.

Sika® Monotop®-610 simply required mixing with water to provide a superb, reinforcement corrosion protection and bonding primer in preparation for concrete repairs using Sika® Monotop®-615. This concrete repair mortar – which also requires nothing more than simple water mixture for preparation – is the perfect reinforcement mortar for delaminated, weak, damaged and deteriorated concrete.

To address the carbonation induced corrosion within the concrete which hadn’t yet propagated cracking or delamination, Sika ® Margel VPI 580, a patented vapour-phase corrosion inhibitor and part of Sika’s Total Corrosion Management portfolio , was also installed to all concrete elements.

The product provides a well-bonded layer of corrosion inhibitor through vapour release within and through the matrix of the concrete to provide protection to the surrounding steel reinforcement, by controlling corrosion from exposure to chlorides, water and oxygen.

Sikagard®-550 W Elastic, a one component plasto-elastic anti-carbonation coating system provided the final application over the existing sound well adhering coating. Sikagard®-550 W Elastic is solvent-free, and even at low temperatures, offers superb crack-bridging properties in concrete structures.

Alan Burd, Quantity Surveyor at JB Specialists, said: “The failing concrete sections throughout the building required a reliable, robust system which offered easy application and long-term protection for the building. Sika MonoTop is a quality system with a well-established and prove track record.

“It’s compatible with Sika’s anti-carbonation – and anti-corrosion – systems, so it provides everything required for successful large-scale concrete refurbishment project.”

During the 26-week refurbishment programme health and safety guidelines had to be enforced, as the buildings remained occupied while repairs were being carried out. The project was completed successfully and to the client’s full satisfaction.

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