Triage Central operates a number of programmes on behalf of the Government to provide support, training and job opportunities for people on benefits, to help them back into work.
Founded by Kate Carnegie MBE in 1998, the company has grown to become one of the most successful Scottish private sector welfare-to-work companies in the UK. From 13 locations across Scotland and the North of England, Triage works with the Department for Work and Pensions’ Prime Contractors and Jobcentre Plus to deliver the Government’s Welfare to Work agenda.
Before the Dehydration
Triage Central acquired this 150 years old category-B listed Victorian building in Stirling to become its new headquarters. The 4 storey building was in need for a complete refurbishment, rising damp was just one of the many problems which had to be addressed. Because of the size of the building (400 m2 ground floor footprint, 38m length) the largest Aquapol system had to be installed, one which is capable to fully dehydrate a building of this size.
The Aquapol System - Results
Regular moisture measurements have confirmed that the building was indeed drying out. Within one year all free-standing walls were dry, while the moisture content of the earth-touching walls in the lower basement was steadily declining, as shown on the dehydration chart below.
Listen to this short interview with Kate Carnegie, Managing Director of Triage Central. Kate is a building professional, she had her own building company in the past, and during this interview she shares her experience about the Aquapol system and damp proofing solutions in general. At the time of this interview the Aquapol system has been installed in her building for 18 months. Use the summary below to locate specific information in the video quickly.
[00:50] Challenges and damp problems she faced with the building
[01:45] How did she come across the Aquapol system
[02:40] Her initial thoughts when she first heard about this system
[04:20] What changes / results did she notice and how soon
[05:45] Her biggest subjective, non-technical measure that the Aquapol system indeed worked
[07:40] What did the building architect say?
[09:30] Could the building have dried out because of being heated?
[12:30] How did she find the interaction with the Aquapol team
[12:50] Some of the homework / research she has done before deciding to go for the Aquapol system
[13:45] Overall would she recommend the Aquapol system to old building owners with rising damp?
[14:00] The cost of the Aquapol system vs other traditional solutions