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On this page | An introduction to our brick and stonework repair services using the Helifix system - with links to photos, project descriptions and technical information.
The header photo shows the stainless steel HeliBar being installed to reinforce the wall.
An Introduction to the Helifix and HeliBeam Systems
In the header photo above you can see “HeliBar” being installed into the bed joints of a stone wall (equally applicable to brick walls).

The bars are being bedded in high strength grout which will be left recessed ready to be pointed over so that only the mortar pointing is left visible.

These bars are used to reinforce and tie the building back together or to ‘stitch’ over cracks in a wall.

The system also provides for walls to be tied into the floors to comprehensively re-connect the whole structure.
The Helifix and HeliBeam Systems are used for in-situ reinforcement of brickwork and masonry.

Helifix is the trading name of the company who sell the products that we install.

HeliBeam is a particular application that is described in one of the information panels below.

If you are not familiar with Helifix, a good place to start is our Helifix Brochure (pdf download). There are simple diagrams that show the various applications together with short descriptions of each type of installation.
Examples of Helifix and HeliBeam System Structural Repairs
There are detailed examples of completed Helifix repairs on our Projects Index page and Photos Index page - or use the links below to look at some typical applications of the Helifix and HeliBeam systems.
Bay Window
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A typical bay window repair using the ability of the system to create in-situ masonry beams to strengthen and tie back the bay structure.
Stone Gable
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A stone gable wall separating from the main structure was tied back using the Helifix system.
HeliBeam and Piling
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This project used the ability of the HeliBeam system to create in-situ masonry beams that were used to span between new pile foundations. Clicking either photo will take you to a description of the project.
Brick and Stone Bridge Repair
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A combination of stonework and brickwork reinforcement together with a ground anchor installation was used to repair this small highway bridge. Clicking either photo will also take you to a description of the project.
Abseil Access / Rope Access
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Our company name TRAC was derived from The Rope Access Company and we will use this access technique when necessary to carry out Helifix installations. Clicking either photo will take you to more photos of Abseil Access or Rope Access projects.
If you need immediate assistance with a structural repair
If you have a structural repair issue you can contact us immediately to arrange an inspection using the Contact Information at the bottom of the page - or continue reading below to learn more about the repair systems we use.
More information about the Helifix and HeliBeam repair systems
The links below open a series of information panels that give you more information about the Helifix and HeliBeam Structural Repair Systems.
What is HeliBar
HeliBar is at the core of the HeliFix Structural Repair Systems and is a twisted stainless steel ‘wire’ that is inserted into brickwork or masonry to tie the structure back together.

HeliBar is available in 4.5mm, 6mm or 8mm diameter - but 6mm is the most commonly used size. The bar is manufactured from a high grade stainless steel that has been shaped to have very hard fins with a malleable core. In the header photo to this page you are looking at a 6mm diameter bar being installed.

This is what the bar looks like close up.

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HeliBar, in it’s various forms, can be used to tie walls together, connect walls to timber floors and pin individual pieces of masonry back in place.

The system works in conjunction with high strength cement based grout (or sometimes with resin) and the bar has the strength to be driven directly via pilot holes into brickwork and sometimes stonework.
What is the HeliBeam System
In addition to the various methods of installing the HeliBar to re-connect the structure, the stainless steel bars can be inserted horizontally into brickwork or masonry walls to effectively form the top and bottom elements of an in-situ masonry beam (as in the bay window example in this panel).

This brickwork or masonry beam then has the ability to span around 3 metres, eg. to form lintels over openings, bridge soft spots in the ground or to
bridge between piled foundations

This is the installation technique known as the
HeliBeam System

The HeliBeam System is shown on the house illustration, item 9, “Creating Masonry Beams” on our
Helifix Brochure (pdf download)

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Helibars will be installed into bed joints to reinforce and tie back the bay structure. Other components will secure the failing brick arch. See more photos
Helifix and HeliBeam Approved Installers
TRAC Structural Ltd are specialist contractors and are certified Helifix Approved Installers of the HeliBeam System.

We will
  • Carry out a site inspection and establish the reason for the structural movement.
  • Prepare a design solution which we will submit to Helifix for approval.
  • Submit a quotation for the cost of the works to you.
  • We will receive back from Helifix a formal approval of our design proposal with confirmation that the design has been approved for inclusion in the Helifix design insurance scheme. This will provide you with a 10 year insurance backed warranty as noted below.
  • Subject to your order, we will then complete the works and advise Helifix when the job is finished.
  • On receipt of your payment in full for the works, we will notify Helifix and the warranty certificate will be issued to you. This certificate is transferable to any subsequent owner.
We are based in Bristol and travel extensively throughout the UK. Don’t hesitate to ask if we can help you.

Our Contact Information is at the bottom of this page.

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HELIFIX AND HELIBEAM SYSTEM APPROVED INSTALLERS

Helifix Technical Info and Illustrations
Descriptions of some completed repairs are linked from our Projects Index page.
Photos of Helifix installations are linked from our
Photos Index page.
Technical information, with extensive links to the Helifix web site, is linked from our
Technical Info page.
The repair system is described on our Helifix Brochure (pdf download)
Tel 0117 924 0224
Fax 0117 924 8574

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TRAC Structural Ltd
23 Belvoir Road
St Andrews
BRISTOL BS6 5DQ