Earlsgate House, Stirling

Triage Central building

Earlsgate House - The new corporate headquarters of Triage Central

Company Profile

 

Triage Central operates a number of programmes on behalf of the Government to provide support, training and job opportunities for people on benefits, to help them back into work.

Founded by Kate Carnegie MBE in 1998, the company has grown to become one of the most successful Scottish private sector welfare-to-work companies in the UK.

From 13 locations across Scotland and the North of England, Triage works with the Department for Work and Pensions’ Prime Contractors and Jobcentre Plus to deliver the Government’s Welfare to Work agenda.

Before the Dehydration

Triage Central acquired a 150 years old Victorian building in Stirling to become its new headquarters. The 3 story building was in need for a complete refurbishment, rising damp was just one of the many problems which had to be addressed.

Because of the size of the building (400 m2 ground floor footprint, 38m length) the largest Aquapol system had to be installed, one which is capable to fully dehydrate a building of this size.

Here are some pictures of the building and the Aquapol installation process:

Triage Central building

The building from the back

The building from the back

Under refurbishment

The staircase at the entrance

Upper floor

Rising damp signs

Rising damp inside

Past chemical injections

 readings

Masonry core dampness

Large Aquapol system

System installation

Aquapol system installation

And here is the installed Aquapol system, drying out the Triage Central building from rising damp.

Installed Aquapol system in the lower basement

The installed Aquapol system in the lower basement

The Triage Commercial Director after the installation

The Aquapol System - Results After 6 Months

The first interim set of moisture measurements have been taken about 6 months after the installation. The dampness values went down consistently across all 6 sample measurement points. Please see the dehydration chart below, comparing the past and present moisture values.

All measurments have been taken using gravimetric analysis, by taking drilled samples from the core of the masonry, heating them up to 105 degrees, and determining the masonry's moisture content from the weight loss (evaporated water content) of the sample.

Moisture chart

The moisture values went down consitently across all 6 measurement points, the building is on its way to be drying out.

The changes are also visible by the appearance of the walls, see some comparative images from the basement before and after:

Earth touching wall section - Before and After (6 mo)

Freestanding wall section - Before and After (6 mo)

We will be doing another set of measurments after another 6 months.

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