Optera were asked by our insurer client to respond to a property which was damaged after a late night incident where youths crashed into the customers house in their car. The house has a large single storey extension to the rear with steel lintels which support the first floor of the original house. The force of the impact, moved the flank wall of the extension 1m along the damp proof course and supporting steels were compromised to such an extent that there was a considerable risk of collapse.
The Optera Solution
The insured was swiftly moved into alternative accommodation and following agreement of costs, Optera carried out a temporary works design and implemented a scheme to support the first floor of the property from steel needles and acro supports above the displaced steel.
The remaining extension was taken down and the property shored and secured. The 7m long steel I beam was lowered and lifted back to its original geometry before securing.
New pad stones were constructed for the steel supports and the extension was rebuilt from damp proof course back to reconstructing the roof which was tiled and the original roof lights refitted as part of the salvageable materials from the original build.
New aluminium bi-fold doors, underfloor heating and first and second fix plumbing and electrics were all replaced within the area of damage and the bathroom, removed as part of the temporary works scheme, refitted and tiled.
The property has been returned to its pre-loss condition with the insured returned from the alternative accommodation within the required timeframe and works on budget.
Optera have delivered a very technically challenging project on time and budget through the most challenging of times, managing the health and welfare of those on site with the requirements to minimise the impact on the customer and returning their house to their home.
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