Full Conversion of Underground Vaults

Client Background

The project involved the comprehensive structural waterproofing and conversion of underground vaults for commercial and office use 

Situated in an urban setting, the client aimed to repurpose the vaults into functional spaces while addressing moisture management challenges typical of underground structures.

Challenges Faced:

  • Moisture Ingress: Underground vaults are susceptible to moisture ingress, posing a risk to the structural integrity and usability of the space.
  • Conversion Complexity: Converting underground spaces into commercial and office areas requires careful planning to meet building regulations, ensure safety, and create comfortable working environments.
  • Preservation of Structural Integrity: The waterproofing solution needed to safeguard the structural integrity of the vaults while accommodating the requirements of the conversion.
  • Solution Implemented: The project enlisted the expertise of structural waterproofing specialists experienced in underground conversions. After a thorough assessment, the team recommended the Delta MS500 Cavity Drain Membrane system for its proven effectiveness in managing moisture in below-ground structures.

Key Steps:

Site Preparation: The vaults were prepared for waterproofing and conversion, including clearing debris and ensuring proper drainage.
Delta MS500 Installation: The Delta MS500 Cavity Drain Membrane was expertly installed on walls and floors, providing a reliable barrier against moisture ingress. The membrane’s unique design allows water to be safely channelled away from the internal space.
Waterproofing Integration: The waterproofing system was seamlessly integrated with the existing structure, ensuring compatibility and long-term performance.
Conversion Process: With the waterproofing in place, the vaults were transformed into commercial and office areas according to the client’s specifications. This included partitioning, installation of utilities, lighting, and ventilation systems, and the creation of ergonomic workspaces.

Results Achieved:

  • Effective Moisture Management: The Delta MS500 Cavity Drain Membrane system successfully mitigated moisture ingress, providing a dry and habitable environment suitable for commercial and office use.
  • Compliance and Safety: The conversion met all relevant building regulations and safety standards, ensuring a comfortable and secure working environment for occupants.
  • Functional Spaces: The underground vaults were successfully repurposed into functional commercial and office areas, maximising the use of space and enhancing the property’s value.

Conclusion: Through the implementation of the Delta MS500 Cavity Drain Membrane system and meticulous conversion efforts, the project achieved its objectives of structural waterproofing and full conversion of underground vaults for commercial and office use. The successful integration of waterproofing measures ensured long-term protection against moisture-related issues, while the transformed spaces provided modern, functional environments conducive to productivity and innovation.

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