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Waterproofing the British Embassy in Algiers

British Embassy Algiers Sign
Waterproofing the British Embassy Algeria
Outside the British Embassy Algiers

As a waterproofing specialist, our work will often take us to interesting places, however when we received an email from OSI Contracts in regard to works at the British Embassy in Algiers, this was the first time we had been involved in an overseas project. Having been recommended for the project to OSI by Ultra Membranes, who were supplying all the materials for the Embassy, we were happy to take on the challenge.

When waterproofing an existing basement, there are always challenges to overcome, both in the design and installation. Often your choices can be limited and having the right knowledge and experience is the only way to ensure the system is installed successfully.

Peter Barber CSSW, our head surveyor and Managing Director, took the lead in the design. Peter has been working in the damp proofing and waterproofing industry for 40 years and started London Waterproofing Solutions Ltd in 2014. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and since LWS started trading, he has built the company to its current position, establishing its reputation as a leading waterproofing contractor in London.

With this project based overseas, the waterproofing design was produced off plan following a number of Skype meetings and emails with the team at the Embassy. These detailed discussions enabled Peter to produce a robust design and ensure that some of the trickier areas were addressed and specified correctly.

The original plan was for the Embassy’s own team to install the system, however as they had no previous experience with doing so and this being a large project with so many potential issues, it was decided that we would send one of our own teams over to manage the installation.

Our lead technician, Jon Barber, was requested by the Embassy team having met with him on a visit to one of our live sites in the UK. Jon has extensive experience and problem solving skills in the waterproofing industry, recently achieving the PCA Qualified Technician status in structural waterproofing (PCAQT). He was also a nominee for Employee of the Year at the recent PCA Awards 2017, partly due to his involvement in this project.

Teaming up with Jon was our Project Manager, Sam Edwards. Sam also has extensive knowledge in various areas of the building industry and has been involved in the management of our teams and projects since the company first started in 2014.

The works began on a Monday and were completed by Thursday, this was no mean feat given the size of the basement, over 100 sq m of floor membrane and 250 sq m of wall membrane had to be installed, along with twin pump systems and drainage channels. The project presented several challenges, including training the labourers on site, working with poor quality substrates and the heat, which was 40°+ on most days. Both Jon and Sam were able to draw on their wealth of knowledge and experience, ensuring everything went smoothly from start to finish and they left site on the Friday to return home with the customer 100% satisfied. You can view pictures of the project in the gallery below.

At London Waterproofing Solutions, we apply the same quality of design and installation to all our projects, whether it is a small Victorian cellar, or a large new development. This project gave us an opportunity to really showcase the skills of our technicians and designers. If you are interested in waterproofing your basement, why not give us a call on 020 3794 4200 or request a survey via our contact form.

Works at the British Embassy Algiers
Jon Barber PCAQT

Jon Barber, PCAQT


Sam Edwards Project Manager

Sam Edwards, Project Manager

Customer Testimonials

Membrane in a new basement

"We had London waterproofing come and put up the membrane in a new basement we had dug, these guys are the best I have worked with for quality, cost and workmanship. Peter is a great guy to deal with, bending over backwards to make sure the job ran smoothly. I am very impressed with the final product and have no hesitation in getting them to do more work for us in the near future. Peter thanks for a perfect job. Allan site manager"

Allan McClune, 16th March 2015

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Allan McClune, 16th March 2015

“We had London waterproofing come and put up the membrane in a new basement we had dug, these guys are the best I have worked with for quality, cost and workmanship. Peter is a great guy to deal with, bending over backwards to make sure the job ran smoothly. I am very impressed with the View Full →

Great Team

"Jon and Tom are efficient and well organised, polite and appreciative and extremely pleasant to boot! Oh!…and the finished product… pretty amazing. Brilliant, thank you. Very best wishes. Carolyn"

Carolyn Anderson, 6th November 2014

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Carolyn Anderson, 6th November 2014

“Jon and Tom are efficient and well organised, polite and appreciative and extremely pleasant to boot! Oh!…and the finished product… pretty amazing. Brilliant, thank you. Very best wishes. Carolyn”

Basement Waterproofing

"Thanks again for the work you and your team have done waterproofing our basement room. We're extremely pleased with the service and quality of work we've had from you."

Toby Bourne, 5th February 2015

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Toby Bourne, 5th February 2015

“Thanks again for the work you and your team have done waterproofing our basement room. We’re extremely pleased with the service and quality of work we’ve had from you.”

Highly Recommended

"It has been a pleasure to have you work on my flat. I was greatly impressed by your professionalism and integrity. I could not have wished for a better response in terms of timing, being and keeping your word and quality of work. I would highly recommend you to any of my friends and colleagues. Heather"

Heather Butensky, 2nd April 2015

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Heather Butensky, 2nd April 2015

“It has been a pleasure to have you work on my flat. I was greatly impressed by your professionalism and integrity. I could not have wished for a better response in terms of timing, being and keeping your word and quality of work. I would highly recommend you to any of my friends and colleagues. View Full →

Excellent Service

"I just want to thank you so much for the excellent service with the tanking on the above project. You did everything you said you would and more. You have to be one of the most helpful people I have come across in this business in the 26 years that I have been developing. I would gladly recommend you to any of my clients, let me know if you are on linked in and I will put you on my page. All the best Susan Mc Fedries"
Susan Mc Fedries, 23rd May 2014
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Susan Mc Fedries, 23rd May 2014
“I just want to thank you so much for the excellent service with the tanking on the above project. You did everything you said you would and more. You have to be one of the most helpful people I have come across in this business in the 26 years that I have been developing. I View Full →

Honest Advice

"Peter Barber came to quote on what I assumed to be rising damp. He spotted immediately that the damp wall was caused by a leaking gutter and downpipe. Sorting this problem out will be so much quicker, easier and cheaper than replacing a damp proof course. Thank you for your honesty."

Ruth Douglas, 16th September 2014

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Ruth Douglas, 16th September 2014

“Peter Barber came to quote on what I assumed to be rising damp. He spotted immediately that the damp wall was caused by a leaking gutter and downpipe. Sorting this problem out will be so much quicker, easier and cheaper than replacing a damp proof course. Thank you for your honesty.”

How a company should be run

"How a company should be run. Quality and service are faultless. A company who make dealing with damp almost enjoyably! - I have appointed Peter and his company numerous times and am reliably delighted by product and service. An excellent company who I am always proud to recommend to friends."

Graham Erickson, 21st September 2016

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Graham Erickson, 21st September 2016

“How a company should be run. Quality and service are faultless. A company who make dealing with damp almost enjoyably! – I have appointed Peter and his company numerous times and am reliably delighted by product and service. An excellent company who I am always proud to recommend to friends.”

Basement Flat Damp Issue

"We had a serious damp issue in our basement flat, and London Waterproofing did a great job in fully damp proofing the bedroom and bathroom. I was nervous about the work because of the size of the project, and because we couldn't stay at the flat whilst it was being done, but the company was great to work with. Peter was always on hand for any queries or issues, and when we had a separate problem with a water pipe leak, the team went out of their way to help sort it out. Overall, it was a really positive experience, and I am more than happy to recommend them."

Juman Kubba, 6th January 2015

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Juman Kubba, 6th January 2015

“We had a serious damp issue in our basement flat, and London Waterproofing did a great job in fully damp proofing the bedroom and bathroom. I was nervous about the work because of the size of the project, and because we couldn’t stay at the flat whilst it was being done, but the company was View Full →

Valuable Advice

"Peter showed utmost professionalism and integrity on each visit; providing rapid responses and clear explanation of all aspects of the job without a 'hard sell'. He also gave valuable advice on combating our condensation problems and also wrote us an independent surveyors report at no extra cost. His team were early, very tidy and finished the work earlier than anticipated. I asked a number of tradesmen to quote, but service of this level is rare and much appreciated! Whilst I hope I won't be needing their services again, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend London Waterproofing Solutions!"

CLAIRE LUKMANJI, 29th June 2014

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CLAIRE LUKMANJI, 29th June 2014

“Peter showed utmost professionalism and integrity on each visit; providing rapid responses and clear explanation of all aspects of the job without a ‘hard sell’. He also gave valuable advice on combating our condensation problems and also wrote us an independent surveyors report at no extra cost. His team were early, very tidy and finished View Full →

Recommended Trader

"Peter Barber came to give me a quote. I already had a quote from another company for £ 4 500.00. Peter was honest, a true professional, and told me I didn't need any work done to the flat, he didn't find any rising damp, just moisture which he gave me an address where I could find a fan. I feel relieved and I very happy to recommend this trader. It was the best phone call I made in months! Peter saved from stress, loss of money, and having work done in my flat which wouldn't have been needed. A big thank you to Peter."

Elisabeth Lecourt, 24th April 2015

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Elisabeth Lecourt, 24th April 2015

“Peter Barber came to give me a quote. I already had a quote from another company for £ 4 500.00. Peter was honest, a true professional, and told me I didn’t need any work done to the flat, he didn’t find any rising damp, just moisture which he gave me an address where I could find View Full →

Basement Tanking

"LWS tanked my very damp basement so I could use it as a snug/televison room. I love it and the result was exactly what I wanted. The team were punctual, clean and very amiable to deal with. I would recommend this team to do a good job for you."

Pam Winkworth, 5th August 2014

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Pam Winkworth, 5th August 2014

“LWS tanked my very damp basement so I could use it as a snug/televison room. I love it and the result was exactly what I wanted. The team were punctual, clean and very amiable to deal with. I would recommend this team to do a good job for you.”

Major Damp Issue in Basement

"We had a major damp issue in the basement. LWS came almost straight away. They gave fantastic advice and explained all the possible scenarios. They also managed to move another job so we could start the work quicker. The job was completed ahead of schedule and aftercare information is now being shared. Would definitively recommend and use again. (Although hopefully no need!)."

James Heale, 21st September 2016

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James Heale, 21st September 2016

“We had a major damp issue in the basement. LWS came almost straight away. They gave fantastic advice and explained all the possible scenarios. They also managed to move another job so we could start the work quicker. The job was completed ahead of schedule and aftercare information is now being shared. Would definitively recommend View Full →
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