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Structural timber

Client: Solicitors for architect
Situation: This case concerned a housing scheme which provides sheltered housing and assisted living apartments for elderly people in a block up to 5 storeys high.
Various defects including cracking, buckling and uneven floors at external walls, lift shaft and roof, and rotation of window cills, were caused by differential movement in the timber-framed block, which included brick cladding and other constructions, requiring £0.5m remedial works.
Action: Probyn Miers was appointed to give expert opinion on alleged defects in the design and construction.  Matters investigated included moisture content of the timber frame, shrinkage of the timber frame, expansion of the brickwork and other movements that should have been anticipated, with reference to contemporary published guidance.  Tasks included analysis of architect’s and timber frame specialist’s details, including movement joints and compressible fillers.  We also compared the design with the construction as built.
Result: The case was settled by negotiation shortly after mediation.

 

 

Client: Design and build contractor
Situation: The contractor was faced with allegations of widespread and severe defects in the construction of a large hotel as the results of defective design and/or poor workmanship.  Probyn Miers was appointed to examine the design provided as part of the Employer’s Requirements, and the design as built, and comment on the likely cause and the severity of the defects observed.
Action: Probyn Miers provided a report on issues of design and workmanship, and gave evidence in the ensuing arbitration.
Result: The arbitrator’s award was in favour of contractor.

 


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