CRL has recently completed a significant CFRP structural strengthening works at Triton Square, London. The project is the biggest CFRP wrap project that CRL have undertaken to date.
The building, which was designed by Arup in the 80’s, https://www.arup.com/projects/1-triton-square was undergoing a major refurbishment which involved adding 4 storeys to the building. In order to avoid increasing internal column sizes, and reducing the rentable floor space of the slabs, Arup and Sika developed an innovative scheme to wrap key columns in carbon fibre fabric. The fabric resists bursting stresses and assists in strength in bending.
After exhausting design checks by Tony Gee and Partners, and concrete strength testing, CRL were finally given the go ahead one year after the original enquiry. Twenty nine, 3.5m high columns were prepared, primed with Sikadur 330 then wrapped with between 2 and 5 layers of Sikawrap 900C embedded in Sikadur 300 resin. The installation technique of the Sikawrap was achieved to the highest standard with no signs of bubbles, or hollow areas being found when checking after the curing period.
CRL successfully passed an exhaustive QA inspection regime from Arup and Lendlease, and Sika commented that the quality of work was “the best they’d ever seen”.
Well done to the team, in particular to our two City University of London student engineers who held their own against the big boys!