21 High Rise Residential Blocks – Condition Surveys

  • Client: Watmos Community Homes
  • Services: Investigation / Testing of Building, Appraisal of Structural Form and Risk Management
The project involved the close visual survey and testing of 21No.high rise residential buildings using roped access techniques and the provision of interpretive reports on the findings including recommendations for repairs with budget cost estimates.
Contract Value:
Feb 2017 – May 2018
ACE Agreement
Capital were responsible for scheduling and procuring the specialist survey/testing works which were carried out by two specialist sub-contractors in order to meet a tight programme requested by the client.

A programme of works, method statements and risk assessments were provided to the client for discussion and acceptance prior to commencing the surveys.

The surveys of the external fabric of the buildings was supplemented by intrusive investigations in order to confirm the construction and condition in areas likely to have potential defects. All loose material was removed during the survey and any Health and Safety concerns that could not be mitigated at the time of the survey was immediately reported to the client. Following completion of the surveys and interpretive reporting, the client extended our commission to procure the recommended holding repairs and to specify permanent structural repairs for the 21No. high rise buildings (£16M of works).


  • 01
    Investigation / Testing of Building
  • 02
    Appraisal of Structural Form
  • 03
    Risk Management


  • Interpretive reports included the likely cause of the defects, potential rate of concrete deterioration, recommendations for repairs, timescale for repairs and any potential Health and Safety issues.
  • Individual building reports provided a summary report of all the buildings including timescales for holding repairs, future safety surveys and permanent repairs.
  • Provision of a schedule of budget costs for both holding repairs and permanent repairs and
  • Provision of a schedule of defects and recommended repairs which clearly identified (using a visual red, amber, green system) the risk to Health and Safety of each defect

A thorough and detailed survey and investigation on the condition of the blocks has provided the Client with the information necessary to prioritise and programme a three- and half-year programme of repairs

Steve Davis Project Manager Capital

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