How this homeowner took the unusual step of using geopolymer 'concrete' foam to avoid catastrophe

A house with an archway which is filled with pipes and foam and surrounding by scaffolding
Residents were evacuated from the house after fears it could collapse with a connected archway undergoing immediate work using pipes and a geopolymer foam to plug the gap (Image credit: Google Earth)

When a house was close to dangerously collapsing on a street in Shropshire, its owners chose to pump a geopolymer foam into the structure to make it safe.

The unusual but very quick safety precaution followed Shropshire Council closing off St Michaels Street in Shrewsbury amid concern that the building might fall down and injure someone. Residents were also evacuated from the area after the alarm was raised to the council about its condition.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.