Barn Conversions


Impact Damage Assessments


Confined Space Access

A client recently acquired a site for development. On the site were a number of Listed Building status barns which needed to be incorporated into the development. We assessed the buildings and reported on their structural condition and subsequently specified the repair and strengthening works necessary.

A Grade II listed masonry building was badly damaged during restoration works. The local authority instructed Abacus Design to undertake an urgent inspection and structural appraisal of the building so as to remove the immediate danger to public safety and to make recommendations for the longer term.

Abacus Design has staff trained to enter confined space areas such as sealed basements, under-floor voids, and chambers. A confined space can be defined as an area that has only one entrance and exit route or where there is a danger to health due to hazardous conditions or substances.

Heritage & Historic
Building Inspections


Difficult Access


Concrete Testing

Abacus Design has carried out inspections on historic buildings for a number of clients over the years. We understand the nature of heritage buildings and the utmost need for sympathetic repairs. Abacus Design typically produce a report identifying appropriate remedial works and can subsequently provide site inspection/ project management services for any repair works.

We are able to carry out materials testing on concrete framed buildings. Site tests include cover meter, half-cell and carbonation testing. Abacus Design are also able to arrange for laboratory testing of concrete samples taken from site, such as petrographic and chloride testing so that a comprehensive report providing recommendations for remedial works can be prepared.

Abacus Design regularly inspect difficult access situations using ‘cherry-pickers’ or within confined spaces. A recent scheme included the inspection of an historic pedestrian bridge situated 3 metres above a flowing river which could not be closed to waterborne traffic. A report was produced indicating recommendations for short and long-term repairs.