Stavordale Lodge
Melbury Road, Kensington, London W14

As Main contractor, Triton were appointed to undertake the full external refurbishment of this unusual example of a 1970’s apartment block, which had displayed distinct signs of structural failure.

Once the building had been cleaned entirely, including surrounding paved areas and specialist poulticing, a detailed inspection was carried out by a structural engineer and all elevations hammer tested to determine the full extent of defective Mineralite render, loose quartzite and riven slate tile cladding and spalled concrete to the structural frame. The render was found to be loose and blown in several areas and the underlying concrete frame had some rusting reinforcement. All defective ferrous reinforcement bars were reinstated using stainless steel and repairs undertaken as necessary, with the Mineralite render tied to the frame with special stainless steel fixings. Defective tiles were then replaced with natural materials to closely match the existing.

At roof level, defective concrete copings were replaced and all flashings renewed in Code 4 lead.

As part of the contract, a sample new window was designed, manufactured and installed to determine its potential suitability for a major programme of window replacement at a future date. Pending a decision to undertake these works, the windows were made weather tight with 100% renewal of the existing mastic seals.

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