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Parts of unreinforced brick masonry wall break off or entire wall collapses onto ground – life hazard to those on ground and to structural integrity of the building.

Potential structural strengthening projects

Project to enhance the wall’s capacity to resist loading in a direction at right-angles to the plane of the wall, where there is a high inter-storey space between adjacent floors.

Steel frames are fitted vertically and dowel-fixed to the inner face of the masonry with epoxy. The top and bottom of these frames are fixed to the floor below and above, or roof diaphragm (via perimeter blocking) with screws.

Possible first steps with a structural engineer

They assess the structural capacity of the masonry wall and provide specifications for the required strengthening works.

Updated on 15th December 2016