Building Pathology

H+R Rostron is a team of independent scientific building experts and surveying consultants, with a specialism in building pathology and other types of building defect reports and remedial specifications. Our multidisciplinary team of building pathologists have many years of experience and a wealth of specialist knowledge that enables us to bring a uniquely holistic approach to our investigations.

Whether you are looking for building pathology services in terms of remedial work, risk management or future use purpose, our team would be delighted to work with you. Contact us today to discuss your property requirements.

Building defect investigation

With 30+ years of experience in building pathology, the team at H+R deal with all aspects of building surveys and investigations.

Our building defect reports

To inform our building pathology work, we conduct building defect reports that can cover a wide variety of issues including:

  • Structural building failure of external envelope elements including windows and roof finishes
  • Structural building failure of component elements, including brickwork and timber
  • Movement due to moisture/thermal movement and subsidence/settlement
  • Damp issues, including penetrating damp, rising damp, condensation and failure of heating/acoustic insulation
  • Presence of anthrax in plaster and heavy metals in paint
  • Dry rot and wet rot infection and decay
  • Wood boring beetle and other insect infestations
  • Mould growth and VOCs and other potential health hazards to building occupancy
  • ‘Mothballing’ consultancy to protect the capital value of properties during periods of reduced occupancy or prior to re-development

What is building pathology?

Building pathology is the study of building defects, building decay and building performance failure for the purposes of formulating suitable remedial and management solutions. The discipline looks at the interrelationships between the physical building, its use, occupation and environment to gain valuable insights into why a building fails.

Our Associate Director, David Watt has published on the subject of building pathology, which you can read here.

Our approach to building pathology

Years of experience and knowledge have furnished us with unrivalled expertise to offer a truly holistic approach to building pathology. Our remedial property surveys and consultancy services effectively describe the investigation, diagnosis and reporting of any building issues. Our reports form the basis for developing sustainable solutions to deal with the defects and deterioration that have been identified.

Our building defect reports typically begin with a compilation of background and historical information that we have thoroughly researched. This is followed by a comprehensive property site inspection which may involve specific investigation and measuring techniques. To assist us in obtaining robust results, we use our extensive practical experience, a wide range of minimally invasive, non-destructive investigation techniques and specialist instrumentation and laboratory facilities.

At H+R, we routinely work with a broad range of clients comprising commercial property organisations such as contractors, developers, real estate companies, landed estates and property management companies, in addition to private property owners. We also act on behalf of fellow industry professionals as well as numerous heritage sector organisations, institutions and charities.

H+R are experts in resolving and preventing building defects and decay. We offer cost-effective services and provide specialist advice tailored to the individual goals and objectives of your commercial or private property. As a valuable resource to our clients, we can help you act in good time to mitigate potential losses.

Building Pathology Gallery

Get in Touch with H+R

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