A total corrosion management concrete repair specification from global product supplier, Sika, provided the protective solution for residential buildings’ deteriorating exterior to ensure the long-term comfort and safety of its occupants. Major refurbishment works have been carried out on the Heathgate Estate near Norwich city centre, with works completed on a phased basis, focusing on two residential blocks at a time. The works totalled approximately 70 units, made up of a mix of social and private properties.
Spalled concrete had occurred throughout the 50-year-old buildings, with steel reinforcement exposed in many areas. With the health and safety of the occupants at risk, the buildings’ owners, Norwich City Council, required a proven concrete repair and protection system with long-term corrosion control measures to extend the structures service life. Sika offered the total solution. Specified by main contractors, JB Specialist Refurbishments, the Sika MonoTop repair mortar system is renowned for its simple application, as well as offering superb durability and reinforcement for a range of cementitious and steel applications. A full structural report carried out by engineering firm, Conisbee, outlined the required refurbishment at Heathgate. It revealed large areas of the buildings were in a poor state of disrepair due to corrosion initiated by carbonated concrete.
During initial repairs, which started in February 2016, the buildings’ external coatings were removed in the delaminating areas, where the coating was found to be well adhering after adhesion & compatibility tests, these areas remained. Hammer test surveys were also undertaken to ascertain the extent of both visual and non-visual defects and the subsequent repair areas broken out in preparation for reinstatement. The exposed repair area surfaces were applied with Sika® Monotop®-610, a high-performance, one-component, cementitious polymer-modified primer. Sika® Monotop®-610 simply required mixing with water to provide a superb, reinforcement corrosion protection and bonding primer in preparation for concrete repairs using Sika® Monotop®-615. This concrete repair mortar – which also requires nothing more than simple water mixture for preparation – is the perfect reinforcement mortar for delaminated, weak, damaged and deteriorated concrete.