Wembley Innovation originated from our MD’s drive to overcome the difficulties of installing steel windposts within masonry construction on large projects where hundreds and even thousands of posts were required. He intuitively knew that there must be a better way of providing structural support to laterally loaded blockwork panels than using structural steel sections, or proprietary stainless steel windposts. Working with his bricklayers, he developed a simple and elegant method of creating reinforced masonry columns and beams which provide the necessary structural support to masonry panels, without any of the downsides that steel windposts involve.
However, to gain acceptance by the industry, the methods needed to be justifiable in terms of design and construction. This led to a 9 year process of formal testing of components and full-scale walls at the world-renowned CERAM laboratories near Stoke-on-Trent. With the collaboration of respected independent consultants Buro Happold and Jenkins and Potter, CERAM and Wembley Innovation have developed a Design Guide for the Wi Columns and Beams, which is compliant with Eurocode 6.
As a result of the research and development programmes, the Wi products and methods have been awarded several UK and worldwide patents, with numerous others at advanced pending stage, thereby providing intellectual property protection. For more information please see our Patent Page.