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The severe recession of 1989/90 resulted in a new approach to the repair of houses with structural damage and many social landlords questioned whether the booming underpinning industry was providing them with cost effective repair solutions.

Research in the marketplace showed that many underpinning projects were unnecessary or, where partial underpinning had been recommended, further more costly repairs were often needed.

A new approach to structural repairs appeared to be necessary and Bersche–Rolt's clients started to establish the cause of structural damage and to look for sensible, economical solutions.

For example, many social landlords had no procedures for the regular inspection of their properties, or for the control of vegetation and trees, or the checking and maintenance of drains, which often contribute to subsidence related damage.

Following consultation with clients, Bersche-Rolt offered a complete structural repair package starting from the initial consultation stage right through to the completion of the repairs, all under the guidance of our in-house engineer. Our work would be supported by insurance backed guarantees, if required.

Since then, the company has evolved and expanded, offering a comprehensive service to clients, with staff and operatives working from regional depots throughout the UK.

The company has a continued commitment to research and development and the use of environmentally sustainable products with a low carbon footprint.

There are ongoing research and student support projects with the Engineering Departments of both Bradford and Leeds Universities and in addition to this the company makes contributions to an innovative and worthwhile project at the Sheffield Design Centre where students aged from 11 – 14 are trained in basic building skills and are encouraged to consider a future in the building industry.

The Bersche-Rolt Technical Manager also arranges for CPD technical seminars and site demonstrations where the methods used to carry out the works are explained and demonstrated.