New Waterproofing Guidance from NHBC
Between 2005 and 2013, claims related to waterproofing below ground cost the National House Building Council (NHBC) in the region of £21 million and affected around 890 homes. As a result, back in 2013 NHBC launched a Basement Campaign highlighting significant issues with the design and construction of basements. A key recent development of the campaign has been the introduction of Chapter 5.4 ‘Waterproofing of Basements and Other Below Ground Structures’.
The new Chapter introduces meaningful benchmarks and supporting technical guidance for a range of situations where the structure is required to resist the ingress of water from the ground and other sources, where ‘normal’ waterproofing arrangements are not considered appropriate.
Newton Waterproofing Systems thank NHBC for featuring their case studies in the new Chapter
Waterproofing Riverside Properties
Newton Waterproofing Systems offer extensive solutions when waterproofing riverside properties. This spectacular multi-million pound listed property on the Thames was being completely refurbished and extended to provide a large modern property, yet retain the features of the original design. As a large section of the project was below ground level and metres from the River Thames, a robust and reliable waterproofing approach was essential. Newton Specialist Basement Contractor (NSBC) Wing Waterproofing were commissioned to undertake the project.
Both new-build and existing building elements were waterproofed to a Grade 3 habitable environment in accordance with BS8102:2009. This project was in an extremely high-risk area and the skill of the main contractor interfacing with Wing Waterproofing ensured the client had a watertight structure.
NSBC Wing Waterproofing took PI on the design and installation so the client has an insurance backed guarantee for all works.
Highlights from the Newton Race Day
In November, Newton Waterproofing Systems entertained their Newton Specialist Basement Contractors with a Day at the Races at Lingfield Park. The day was action packed and began with a welcome drink and presentation from an expert about ‘How to Pick a Winner’!
Lunch followed, interjected by races and betting, and everyone enjoyed celebrating wins and commiserating losses with their colleagues. The Newton Waterproofing Handicap Chase was a particularly exciting race, and the Chairman Christopher Newton presented the prize to the winner. Christopher, Toby Champion, Lucinda Muschialli and Aimee Goodes were then tasked with choosing the best turned out horse. Aimee in particular had done some thorough research into choosing the best, and spent much time assessing the horses’ coats, plaits and flanks!
“We were invited to spend the day with the guys and girls of Newton Waterproofing, fellow NSBCs and other guests. The day proved to be a great mixture of networking, trying our luck on the horses and of course good food and drink. Thanks to all involved, already looking forward to next time!” – Tim Herbert CSSW CSRT, Guardian Preservation