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Fire! Fire! Fetch The Engine(ers)

WCJ were called in when a grade 2 listed Victorian structure was ravaged by fire.  When our engineers arrived at the scene there was little left of the building.   The central core was gutted by the fire with only the main external walls surviving.  Structural steel and timber lay in a tangled mess and the remaining structure stood precariously.

WCJ were the first people inside after the fire and after the initial assessment advised the Fire Brigade on the safest mode of operation and of the no go areas. 

Asbestos surveys were undertaken and once complete, arrangements were made for the site to be cleared using specialist lifting equipment.  Skips of rubble were hoisted out of the centre of the building via cranes to open top containers waiting in nearby roads.

The building was assessed by WCJ after the general clean-up of collapsed and fire damaged materials and had been completed.  Much of the damage identified had resulted not only from the fire but from the impact of the water both during the fire-fighting action and the subsequent wet weather.

The structures subjected to fire were evaluated in a systematic manner to determine the extent of required structural repairs to restore the structural integrity of the building to its condition prior to the fire.

The preliminary structural assessment provided sufficient information to allow others to establish a realistic and objective estimate of cost of the structural works necessary to return the fire damaged structure to a structurally sound condition.

WCJ prepared temporary works designs for propping the building.  Arrangements were made for temporary raking shores and props to be erected.  Scaffolding was erected and a temporary protective roof put in place.  A schedule of structural repairs was prepared by WCJ to preserve the buildings structural integrity until a decision has been made on the wholesale repairs and restoration of the building.

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