Tonbridge, Kent

Contract Type:

Contamination & flooding

Contract Value:



A most unusual event that necessitated the careful reinstatement of a beautiful period property.

As a result of a major pipeline infrastructure project through adjoining land, Bentonite (a clay polymer slurry used as a drilling bore barrier sealant) burst into geological fissures under high drilling pressures, this then proceeded to escape via a traditional water well adjacent to the property, resulting in extensive damage to the property and grounds.

The Bentonite slurry was pumped from the well and property, followed by specialist certified decontamination and strip-out works to facilitate detailed assessment and investigations.

Internal fixtures, fittings and defective renders were removed, followed by a long period of closely monitored dehumidification & drying, to protect against any further damage to the property's exposed original brick work and period structural oak beams.

WCBS prepared a detailed reinstatement specification and undertook a procurement tender, liaising closely throughout with the property owner, Building Control and agreeing the scope of works with the loss adjuster, including CDM Regulations, Design Risk Assessment and Health & Safety.

There was extensive joinery reinstatement work, incl. a new staircase, plastering, decoration, along with the replacement of plumbing, heating and electrical services.



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