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Building on the Move- Risk of Collapse | Hexagon Property
building on the move

Building on the Move- Risk of Collapse

Leaning building in Royal Docs was put straight after concerned landlord made contact with our team.

In July 2012, a concerned landlord got in touch after concerns that the premises were going to collapse.

The premises, located in Royal Docks, London, E16, is a Victorian end-of-terrace property. It has been converted into two self-contained flats that were sold on long leases with 82 years remaining.

It became clear to the concerned landlord that there was a design defect in the Victorian property.

High Risk Structural Issues

It was shortly found that the building was structurally falling apart and had moved. It was apparent that the building was at risk of collapsing, with the hazard of causing injury. There was also significant risk of loss of investment in the case of collapse.


A very considered approach was needed by our team to proceed with resolve the problems apparent in the building.

We first had to identify whether there was subsidence, and whether it was prudent to make a building insurance claim. In order to be sure, we appointed a trusted surveyor to accurately identify the situation.

It was subsequently established that the direction of the joists was the cause of structural faults, identified by the type of build and by the date of the building.

The solution was to install lateral restraints, also known as tiepins, which bolts the building back with the adjoining building.

This is a common issue for end-of-terrace properties which can frequently be resolved with tiepins. You can identify whether your end-of-terrace property is likely to move if you can see large bolts with crosses at the end. If the bolts are present, building is bolted and will not likely move.

The Conclusion

In addition to the key structural repairs, we also carried out further cosmetic work to the external front and side elevation to provide a modern feel. After the work was completed, you wouldn’t be able to notice that the building had ever moved.

To consult our team for any major works required, please contact the team today.

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