In recent months, the investment in the major cities of Spain has increased significantly. This investment has been focused on the areas called “primes”, where most of the buildings are over 100 years old.
We would like to share our experience in historic buildings restoration from this post. These constructions are particularly interesting because they usually involve both structural performances and restoration of protected elements.
Structural measures in these kind of buildings can be due to different causes:
- Deterioration of structural materials (corrosion of steel, wood rot ...)
- Overloading foundation and structure because of new uses or construction of new floors
- Variation of environmental conditions (new adjacent loads, changes in water table, aggregate washing ...)
- Changes in the arrangement affecting structural elements
These actions range from underpinning of foundations (micropiles, bataches, concrete injection ...) until reinforcements vertical structures and slabs. For its performing, a high experience and technical knowledge is needed because usually, there is no certain information about the condition of the building.
The protected elements restoration intervention are motivated by material degradation caused by the passage of time. These actions require experience and craftsmanship, ranging from restoration of plaster moldings, ironwork, woodwork and plaster, to repair roofs and facades using different techniques (mechanical, chemical and biological).
Therefore, it is proper that specialized construction companies execute such kind of works in the field of historic buildings restoration, as they have personnel that besides knowledge and expertise, also have an elevated architectural sensibility.