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Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Bungalow, Mysore.

Project: Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Bungalow
Location: Mysore, Karnataka
Owner: Mysore University
Consultant: PES School of Engineering (PESSE), Banglore

The majestic bungalow that was the residence of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan — when he was a professor and taught Philosophy at the University of Mysore. The structure is reckoned to have been in existence for more than 100 years and was constructed even before the University of Mysore came into being in 1916.

The Helifix solution

In the bungalow there were cracks in the elevation walls over internal and external openings at ground and first floor level and in the ground floor rear room gable walls. Movement was not considered to be ongoing but was to be monitored. The major cause for deterioration was foundation movements, weathering damages and masonry stepped cracks, over the period of time.

All works were overseen by PESSE Society, who had approved the concealed non-disruptive Helifix repairs and their sympathetic installation techniques which included: · The stitching of numerous cracks, many of which ran the full height of the internal walls on all floors, HeliBar were bonded into channelled-out mortar beds with HeliBond cementitious grout. · Reinforcing and stabilising the weakened masonry by installing fully grouted CemTie, horizontally through the window sides and vertically up through the archways. · Filling up of cracks with CrackBond TE.

Once all the concealed repairs were completed, with minimal disturbance to the building fabric, the property was left structurally secured but visually unaltered.

All these solutions have restored the full structural integrity without altering the appearance of the structure