THe Re­PORt’S FinD­inGS – in FUll

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Danger Warnings -

“One can see at close quar­ter where the cor­ro­sion to the re­in­force­ment bars has oc­curred, and where sec­tions of the con­crete have fallen away.

“Dur­ing our in­spec­tion we were able to re­move sev­eral large sec­tions of con­crete at least 300mm in length and 60mm in breadth. Were th­ese to fall away they would cause very sig­nif­i­cant and fa­tal dam­age at ground level.

“The sit­u­a­tion is slightly wors­ened by the pres­ence of the gran­ite peb­ble layer on the face of the pan­els. In this case the spalling and ex­pan­sion of the con­crete is caus­ing some of th­ese peb­bles to be forced off the sur­face of the panel and th­ese, too, fall to the ground with po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects.

“Our con­cern is that where the slots are cast for the sup­port­ing pegs and brack­ets, the thick­ness of the con­crete is sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced… cor­ro­sion and spalling in this area could cause the face of the con­crete to fall away.

“This would re­sult in the peg be­ing ex­posed and the panel po­ten­tially un­sup­ported or un­re­strained. Given the fore­go­ing we con­sider that, al­though un­likely, the risk of a con­crete panel fall­ing away can­not be ruled out.

“There is a sin­gle panel to the south el­e­va­tion where ur­gent and im­me­di­ate works have been un­der­taken...This panel has an ap­prox­i­mate weight on 0.8 met­ric tonnes and if it had fallen the ef­fects would have been dev­as­tat­ing.”

An aerial pic­ture of Ash­ford town cen­tre in 1966, with the po­lice sta­tion in Tufton Street, op­po­site the Swan pub, with its dis­tinc­tive tower

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