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At Mainmark, we’re focused on delivering quality projects worldwide. Here are some of the most recent media and press release articles.

Tattenhall’s 100 year old war memorial is restored ahead of Remembrance Day – 10th November 2022

Ground strengthening specialists, Mainmark, fixed the memorial’s “leaning tower of Tattenhall” issue. Tattenhall Memorial reopens to the public after 22 months of closure. Tattenhall marks the restoration with memorial ceremony on Remembrance Sunday 13th November 2022.

Property cracks are ‘biggest warning sign’ of structural issues – 3 signs they are serious – 9th October 2022

Property cracks are ‘biggest warning sign’ of structural issues – 3 signs they are serious Property cracks can be quite normal in some homes but in others, it could be a sign of a larger problem like subsidence. Subsidence is caused by the ground underneath a property sinking which can cause a home to become unbalanced.

Mark McDonagh, operations manager at Mainmark explained that when there is a heatwave or hot weather, the soil and ground underneath the building excessively dries out which can lead to subsidence depending on the type of soil and where you live in the UK.

Lifting efficiency in home production – 19th October 2021

Victor Chirilas, Director Mainmark UK, addresses the importance of efficiency in meeting the housing demand in England

In 2015 the Government set out with the ambition to deliver one million ‘net additions’ to the housing stock by 2020, which included conversions and changes of use, giving property developers two clear options: building more housing or renovating/converting existing buildings.

Hampshire: Ground engineering specialist Mainmark opens new hub – 11th August 2021

Mainmark, a ground engineering specialist company based in Milton Keynes, is opening a new operational hub in Hampshire, to support a growing portfolio of clients in the South of England. The Australian-owned company established its UK head office six years ago and has completed over 500 projects since then.

Subsidence and maintaining a heritage site – 11th August 2021

Caring for the long-term health of any heritage building brings unique challenges.

Buildings that have stood for hundreds of years, have their own cultural and historical significance and, whatever their purpose – a school, a church or a stately home – they have a special place in the communities in which they still stand. However, the methods and the materials used in their original construction, don’t always stand the test of time and issues of subsidence are one of the most common problems.

How can construction move towards a greener way of working? – 13th July 2021

The construction industry is known for its heavy use of natural resources, which is often an unavoidable part of the process. However, as the UK Government becomes more conscious of climate change and its impact on the world there is an increasing drive to re-think the way we build and re-design the built environment.

How can construction move towards a greener way of working? – 2nd July 2021

The construction industry is known for its heavy use of natural resources, which is often an unavoidable part of the process. However, as the UK Government becomes more conscious of climate change and its impact on the world there is an increasing drive to re-think the way we build and re-design the built environment.

Green issues facing the building, construction and infrastructure industries – 21st June 2021

The construction industry is known for its heavy use of natural resources, which is often an unavoidable part of the process. However, as the UK Government becomes more conscious of climate change and its impact on the world there is an increasing drive to re-think the way we build and re-design the built environment.

What is subsidence? 5 warning signs every homeowner should know – 27th March 2021

With thousands of homes affected every year, subsidence can reduce your property’s resale value by as much as 20%. Here’s how to spot it and stop it in its tracks…

Top five challenges facing a return to safe and sustainable road condition – 8th January 2021

The UK’s road and infrastructure network is in constant need of upkeep and traditional remediation methods are often too slow to keep our networks running in a timely, cost-efficient manner. This ultimately leads to much public frustration and loss of confidence in our government’s ability to, quite literally, take us where we want to go.

Issues facing the UK’s road and infrastructure networks – 7th December 2020

The UK’s road and infrastructure network is in constant need of upkeep and traditional remediation methods are often too slow to keep our networks running in a timely, cost-efficient manner.

The Importance Of Being Able To Lift A Building, And How It’s Done – 6th October 2020

Subsidence compromises the integrity of a building. While concrete underpinning and ground improvement can help to slow or stop a building from subsiding further, sometimes this is not enough. In warehouse and manufacturing environments for example, it is crucial that a building is level and stable to ensure the safety of the facility. Therefore, raising and re-levelling a building can be a necessity.

Sinking in the Sun – 29th June 2020

With May 2020 officially designated as hottest on record, it is very possible that the UK will experience another hot, dry summer again this year. As most will remember 2018 saw an uncharacteristic six-week long heatwave which caused a surge in subsidence claims. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said the ‘357% increase in the value of claims was the highest quarterly jump since records started more than 25 years ago.’ This could likely happen again if this summer follows the same trend.

A Ground Engineering Game-Changer – 19th March 2020

Some cracks are nothing to worry about, others can cost you thousands.

If you’ve got one big enough to stick your little finger in (about 5mm or wider), it could be due to subsidence. If you’ve got sloping floors and doors or windows that are jammed and won’t close too… it’s almost definitely due to subsidence.

Floors give competitive edge Are your floors robot-ready for new challenges? – 5th February 2020

Some regard floors as a liability, while others would use more denigratory language, but floors are like machinery in one respect; treat them well and they will serve you well. However, this message, while obvious enough, is often compromised by issues like lack of funds in the budget, no time for repairs, and worries over disruption during repairs. If you feel such issues are relevant to you then perhaps you are in the wrong kind of business because floors have a way of biting you, costwise, at the worst of times. What’s more, it could be argued that in this fast-changing distribution world floors can be a source of competitive advantage where every minute counts.

That sinking feeling -8th January 2020

The office building (20m x 15m), attached to a distribution warehouse (205m x 80m), had sunk by up to 70mm and needed to be raised and re-levelled to ensure the business could operate safely. The smaller building was regularly used by staff as it housed the main office and staff amenities.

Glancing back at 2019, looking forward to 2020 – 16th December 2019

It is still too early to gauge what impact the new Conservative government will have on construction going forward, particularly regarding Brexit. Putting this uncertainty to the side for a moment, we asked a cross-section of the industry, both at home and abroad, to give their hopes and aspirations for the year ahead, while also getting some insight into what 2019 meant to them.

Mainmark gains accreditation to launch CPD training for construction industry – 13th November 2019

Mainmark has launched a series of free CPD seminars for construction and building specialists, ground engineers and property managers.

This is in a bid to help improve all-around industry knowledge of the latest technologies and solutions for ground engineering and property preservation.

What is subsidence? 5 warning signs every homeowner should know – 25th October 2019

Any crack in an internal wall may well have you asking what is subsidence? With thousands of homes affected every year, it can reduce your property’s resale value by as much as 20%. Here’s how to spot it and stop it in its tracks.

Signs of subsidence: when to worry about cracks in your home – 21st October 2019

When identifying the cause, seriousness and possible solutions of cracks in a home – the type, size and location is critical. So, if you’re a homeowner or prospective buyer – at what point should you begin to worry?

How advancements in ground engineering can help reduce spend – 13th August 2019

Since the summer of 2018, the number of subsidence claims has dramatically increased, highlighting how record temperatures took their toll on UK Buildings.

South London business unit gets a ‘lift’ with Mainmark – 10th July 2019

Many industrial sites, business units and especially end units, can suffer from excessive water damage due to poor quality drainage systems. This water damage can lead to multiple ground issues, including subsidence. This was true for the South London business unit of Traders Coffee Ltd.

Mainmark raises and strengthens Milton Keynes warehouse after summer heatwave – 1st July 2019

Following last summer’s record high temperatures, MK Surveys (the landlord), an independent survey and geospatial specialist, noticed the small amount of subsidence at one of its commercial office buildings in Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes, was greatly accelerating.

Global leaders in advanced ground engineering continue to expand – 24th June 2019

Increasing support for buildings and infrastructure that require non-invasive ground improvements

Global leaders in advanced ground engineering continue to expand – 20th May 2019

Global ground engineering solutions provider, Mainmark, has bolstered its UK division by welcoming four new experts, from across the ground engineering and geotechnical industry, to the team. The new hires come as Mainmark continues to expand further into sectors including rail and highways, and will increase the support already provided for commercial businesses and residential properties that require ground improvements.

A Complete Spring Clean: Don’t put off your building maintenance this spring – 26th April 2019

As most will remember, 2018 saw an uncharacteristic six week long heatwave. This hot spell led to a surge in subsidence claims from both homeowners and building owners. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said the ‘357% increase in the value of claims was the highest quarterly jump since records started more than 25 years ago.’

Managing the subsidence surge by resolving straightforward cases – 15th February 2019

The summer of 2018 will be remembered for a six-week
spell when temperatures in parts of the country consistently
topped 30C (86F). Following the record-breaking summer,
the insurance world is currently faced with a ‘subsidence
surge’ after receiving an unusually large number of
subsidence related claims. The heatwave played havoc with
many buildings due to the sustained warm weather causing
water from subsoils to dry out, resulting in shrinkage.

Strong foundations are key to an organisation’s health – 10th January 2019

Victor Chirilas, Operations Manager at Mainmark UK, explores how unstable foundations can impact safety, performance and the operation of your manufacturing business

On Shaky Ground – 3rd October 2018

Ever get that sinking feeling? You could be dealing with a case of subsidence. Affecting a buildings foundations and footings, it occurs in response to changes in the ground or the movement of soil.

Underpinning vs Resin injection – 25th September 2018

Cracks in walls, close to doorways and windows, and sloping or sinking floors are often early indicators that a building has foundation problems that could be the result of subsidence. This can happen for many reasons, including neighbouring construction affecting a building’s integrity or when soil becomes too wet or too dry, which will affect the foundation structure.

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Mainmark’s UK team has done a great job remediating this London home suffering significant cracking due to subsidence. Thanks to renowned property expert and TV presenter Sarah Beeny for filming and sharing this project.

Understanding soil type: the key to addressing structural problems – 11th September 2018

As most property developers will know, fixing subsidence issues was historically considered both challenging and costly. This is why those involved in property development are careful when taking on a property that is showing the common signs of subsidence including cracked walls and uneven floors.

Let’s get one thing straight: the advanced way to tackle property subsidence – 22nd July 2018

Mainmark gives advice about why building foundations sink and the advanced repair solutions now available.

Let’s Get One Thing Straight: Property Subsidence Doesn’t Have To Be Scary – 26th June 2018

Between 2016/17, 184,000 homes were built in England. During this time, hundreds of homes and buildings across Britain were severely damaged, following extreme weather conditions including heatwaves, flash floods and sub-zero temperatures. According to conservation charity, WWF, the impact of such conditions is estimated to have cost the British economy tens of billions of pounds; this could increase even more by 2050, particularly if buildings continue to be constructed on flood plains.

Ground engineering expert provides advanced structural solutions for commercial businesses -18th May 2018

Historically, fixing structural issues for any building was considered both challenging and costly, however, for large commercial buildings including warehouses, factories, business complexes and retail parks, discovering structural issues can be even more disruptive. Due to the sheer size of these industrial buildings and the affect structural issues can have on a business residing in the property, it’s vital facility managers, insurance professionals and property owners understand the advanced solutions available.

Check for subsidence after recent adverse weather – 4th May 2018

Ground engineering expert Mainmark is urging owners to check the structure of their buildings for signs of subsidence following the recent weather conditions, and recommending they research the advanced solutions now available for structural remediation work.

Injection prevents interruption – 1st April 2018

Chris Charman, former loss adjuster and insurance expert at global ground engineering specialist Mainmark, discusses how new technology is providing a solution for challenging property subsidence issues. Mainmark is lead sponsor of the CILA Subsidence Special Interest Group.

Global leaders in advanced ground engineering expand UK arm – 2nd March 2018

Innovative ground engineering specialist, Mainmark, is delighted to announce that it has recently enhanced its UK division by welcoming two of its long-standing overseas experts to the British team. The enhancement will help Mainmark to expand the support provided to commercial and residential property owners that require ground improvements with minimal intrusion and interruption to occupants.

Mainmark enhances UK division – 19th February 2018

Mainmark has announced it has recently enhanced its UK division by welcoming two of its long-standing overseas experts to the British team.

Wall cracks: When should you worry? – 5th February 2018

Between 2016/17, 184,000 homes were built in England. During this time, hundreds of homes and buildings across Britain were severely damaged, following extreme weather conditions including scorching heatwaves and flash floods. According to conservation charity, WWF, the impact of such conditions is estimated to have cost the British economy tens of billions of pounds; this could increase even more by 2050, particularly if buildings continue to be constructed on flood plains.

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