Aynsley Court

The Project

Crownstone were called in by a nationwide property manager of residential care homes to provide a solution to the problem of their perennially flooding lift shafts. When Crownstone arrived, vulnerable and less mobile residents had been trapped inside the property for a period of over 6 weeks, meaning that no time could be wasted in diagnosing the defect and getting everyone moving again.

Project Requirements

In scenarios such as this, water can’t just be pumped out with a ‘business as usual’ approach: strict environmental controls are in place to monitor the disposal of hydraulic oils. Furthermore, Crownstone had to work around the insurance parameters of the lift manufacturers, engineers and the property itself, ensuring that, whatever the solution specified, water could not come into contact with the operational machinery of the lift itself. Adding all this into the mix, a traditional single-strain waterproofing technology was never going to tick all the boxes. But Crownstone didn’t give up.

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Our Solution

As independent designers of waterproofing systems, Crownstone were able to draw on 20 years of structural waterproofing experience, as well as an unmatched knowledge of manufacturers and products, to create not only controlled movement of water through the structure, but a separated means of oil escape.
Crownstone applied an innovative interplay of chemical and membrane solutions which allowed the creation of a BS8102-compliant environment for the housing of sensitive electrical and mechanical equipment, whilst completely eliminating the risk of future water ingress.

The Result

Two weeks, 80 hours on the road and two utterly exhausted (but smiling) operatives later, we received the phone call we’d all been waiting for…the Thank You! The lift is now fully operational, and guaranteed to stay that way, providing all residents with the independence and freedom they deserve.