Project case histories illustrating Benring's resin systems expertise
A diverse and, we hope, interesting selection of project case histories demonstrating our extensive experience of supplying and applying our own formulated resin based repair and protection systems. With a lifetime of experience and a wealth of knowledge Tony Grimes and his Benring operatives have worked on an incredible range of projects and provided resin-based solutions to many problems encountered within the building and construction industries, repair, conservation and restoration of buildings and fine artefacts.
Epoxy glass rods and resin rescue slumping historic bandstand
Biddulph, not far from Congleton, is the home of one of the countries’ most interesting gardens; in scope they span the world with specimens bought in by Mr. Bateman whose father who had accumulated a fortune from coal and steel in the early 19C; Bateman Junior moved to the Grange from Knypersley Hall and began to indulge his passion for gardens and plants and luckily his wife was also keen. The story is vividly told in NT web sites.
A feature of the garden is a bandstand, unfortunately built on a slope and with precious few foundations; over time the retaining wall has moved, monitoring highlighted the acceleration in the slumping and we were invited to tender for the all too necessary stabilisation project.
On the platform - a good viewing point for guests - was a scattering of gravel underfoot, covering a packed earth base and this meant surface/rain water was able to trickle-in to the back of the retaining wall and so add more pressure on the retaining wall; no wonder it got tired!
So, here’s a structure bellying-out like a Victorian lady loosening her corset which had to be saved for the future; how was this accomplished?
Resin repair system donated to Gipsy Moth IV restoration
This tales stretches back to 1968, when I sold the original resorcinol adhesive to Camper and Nicholson, after Peter Nicholson had attended the series of lectures I had been invited to present at Southampton University on ”glues for boat building”. Peter was impressed with the ease of use of the adhesive in the work place and its meeting BS1204 for weather and boil proof adhesives; although no-one was going to boil a boat it did mean that these veneered craft would be fine/serviceable in any of the World’s oceans and waterways.
Everyone knows of Sir Francis Chichester’s exploits with Gipsy Moth, culminating in his being knighted on board by HM The Queen at Greenwich.
Years went by and GM lay quietly mouldering in her berth near the Cutty Sark: she appeared OK but in the bilges rot was attacking her keel area. When I learned of her planned restoration by Camper and Nicholson I had phoned Paul Gelder of the Yachting Monthly to offer to donate the same resin system for repairs as the one used in the original build. This was taken up and I took the adhesive down to Gosport to find that the same man whom I had met all those years ago was the one who would be in charge of repairing GM IV’s hull!