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 From the times of Henry VIII there has been a fort at Tilbury to protect London's seaward approach   The current fort was begun by Charles II and was in use until World War II but has never actually seen military action.  It is now an English Heritage property, open to the public.

 As part of English Heritage's repair and maintenance plans, Topbond were awarded the contract to stabilise the Blast Wall of the West Powder Magazine at the Fort.

 Working closely with English Heritage, the brief was to find a solution which would provide the necessary stabilisation without compromising either the historic integrity or the aesthetic appearance of the wall.  This was achieved by using a combination of Tendon Anchors, which can be pre-tensioned and locked off below ground, and CINTEC grout anchors which enable grout to be pumped into the wall to strengthen it. 

 As approved installers of both the Platipus and CINTEC anchoring systems, Topbond havew gained a reputation as specialists in the field.  This form of repair is recognised as ideal for heritage sites since repairs can be more sympathetic than conventional methods.  When working on scheduled ancient monuments, special legal conditions apply and sometimes  an 'Archaeological Watching brief' is required which means that in certain circumstances no excavations are permitted without the presence of specialists observing the operations. 


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