Projects –¬†carried out in 2014/2015 and on-going

Timber decay and insect infestations

Ashridge House

  • Distinguishing between current and historic beetle damage
  • Identification of beetles causing damage
  • Distribution of damage within timber faces

Doddington Hall

  • Re-survey of status of dry rot infections and deathwatch beetle infestations following original Ridout Associates report carried out in 1998.

Pathology Block, Dublin

  • Re-survey of status of dry rot infections and deathwatch beetle infestations following original Ridout Associates report carried out in 2012.

Holy Trinity, Ettington

  • Inspection of the wood block flooring in the Nave and Lady Chapel.
  • Inspection of roof timbers in the Lady Chapel.

Oswaldkirke Hall

  • Assessment of damage in embedded truss bearings
  • Assessment of current status of decay fungi and wood boring insect activity
  • Assessment of recommendations supplied by remedial companies

St Edmund Hall Chapel

  • Inspection of damage to floorboards

King John's Hunting Lodge

  • Deathwatch beetle survey

Termite control

Waterloo House, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

  • Termite populations and fungal growth resulting from faulty drainage/rainwater goods

Teak Monasteries in Mandalay, Myanmar

  • The termite infestation is a secondary problem that is a consequence of serious decay caused by a range of wood-destroying fungi. These fungi destroy the chemicals in the teak that make it resistant to termites. The termites cannot attack the unmodified teak and cannot, therefore, spread to all other timber in the building.
  • Termite population was linked to decay, which is entirely caused by trapped water.

Bahrain

  • An investigation of termites and their control on Muharraq Island, Kingdom of Bahrain – initial visit 2013. Project on-going.

Environmental monitoring

Kingsmeador, Peebles

  • Mould identification using microscopic techniques
  • Assessment of moisture levels in timber and masonry following fire damage

27-35 Poultry

  • Monitoring environmental conditions and timber moisture contents within panelled areas during demolition/building works
  • Monitoring and advising on implementation of background heating to ameliorate seasonal environmental changes
  • Analyses on-going

Westminster Hall

  • Monitoring environmental conditions: timber moisture contents, relative humidity, temperature, wall temperature, timber temperature
  • Weather station data
  • Analyses on-going