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Windpost Support System

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Bat Windpost Systems

Windposts are designed to offer an alternative, cost-effective method of providing the additional stiffness that a masonry wall requires as specified by the Structural Engineer.

Windpost Types

Four types of Windposts are manufactured in a range of section sizes and steel thicknesses to withstand applied wind loadings. Base and top fixing configurations can be specified to allow for varying methods of construction and loading requirements.

U Section

U Section Windposts fit within the wall cavity and normally span between floor structures. H Section H Section Windposts serve the same purpose whilst allowing for heavy duty applications. Both U and H windposts leave the inner leaf of the cavity wall undisturbed.

 

H Section

H Section Windposts serve the same purpose whilst allowing for heavy duty applications. Both U and H windposts leave the inner leaf of the cavity wall undisturbed.

L Section

L Section Windposts are designed to minimise intrusion into the cavity. One leg of the post is built into the inner leaf blockwork and tied with wall ties to both leaves to minimise any possible movement of the structure.

Spine Posts

Spine Posts are generally used for internal fair-faced walls. The post is a flat plate that can be built between blockwork panels and does not protrude beyond either finished face. Posts are usually 20mm narrower than the wall width with any additional load requirements provided for by an increase in the thickness of the post. Blockwork is tied through the post, the design allowing for the inclusion of debonded movement ties if required.

 

Windposts Wall Ties 

All Windposts are supplied with the correct number of wall ties and fixings. All wall ties comply with BS EN 845-1 Specification for ancillary components for masonry – Part 1.1.

 

 

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Birtley began life as Birtley Building Products in 1965, based at the current site in County Durham. Originally a steel fabricator for the area’s mining and power generation industries, the company made its first steel lintels in 1967. Since then, Birtley has grown from reliable local supplier to a UK-wide force in construction design technology and product development.

In 1889, the British Metal Expansion Company was established in Hartlepool. It had sole European rights for the manufacture of expanded metal mesh, mainly for use as reinforcement and lath in the rapidly expanding sector of concrete construction. The business that grew from these early days later changed its name to Expamet.


Acquired by Birtley Group in 2015, Bowater Doors is a nationally-known name synonymous with top quality and imaginative composite residential door design and manufacture.

The product portfolio offers exclusive ranges for trade installers and a retail range providing doors direct to consumer and social housing organisations.

Birtley Galvanizing boasts one of the most impressive galvanizing plants in Europe. The plant achieves the finest quality hot-dip galvanized zinc protective coatings to BS EN ISO 1461. Using state-of-the-art technology the plant processes steel products using a computer controlled, automated handling system, enabling Birtley Galvanizing to provide full project solutions to many industries.