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TWI Assists in Creation of Innovative Wall Propping System

Tue, 13 June, 2023

Experts from TWI have assisted a local company in the creation of an innovative propping system for supporting brick walls against wind loading.

Working as part of The Materials Integrity Technology Transfer (MITT) programme, TWI experts offered fully-funded technical advice and support to Tees Valley SME Harris Brick Safety Systems.

It is estimated that one in every one hundred houses under construction suffer from collapsed walls, leading to an estimated cost of over £2.65 million per year in lost and replacement materials and labour.

Carl Harris of Harris Brick Safety Systems devised a prop system to support walls against wind loading as the cement dries. This is a major issue that has the potential to injure people on site and can cause the costs to escalate.

Through the MITT programme, we were able to provide design and polymers advice to enable the creation of a demonstration item and manufacturing plan for the system.

You can find out more about this work on the MITT website.

The Materials Integrity Technology Transfer (MITT) programme is a component of the Tees Valley Centre for Materials Integrity Programme, which is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020) and Tees Valley Combined Authority.

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