The concept of reinforcement continuity strip has been in
widespread use throughout Europe for over 20 years, and repeatedly
demonstrates itself to be a simple, time-saving and cost-effective
method of maintaining reinforcement continuity across construction
joints in concrete.
The system comprises special pre-bent reinforcement housed in a
purpose-designed carrier casing - all of which is fabricated
off-site in a factory controlled environment.
On site, the entire unit is cast into the front face of the wall.
After the formwork is struck, the lid is removed to reveal the
connection legs (or starter bars) laying inside the casing. These
legs are bent out by the contractor, ready for lapping the main
reinforcement of the consequent pour.
The casing remains embedded in the wall, providing a rebate into
which the concrete of the adjoining member is poured, and
eliminates the need for traditional preparation (i.e. scabbling) at
Quite simply, any construction joint in concrete has the potential
to be formed by this method. Normal applications include:
gutters and chambers
Simplifies formwork design - bypass those construction
Accelerates pour schedules - suits todays fast track build
Easy to use - an answer to skills shortages of chippies &
No formwork damage or wastage - no drilled holes in shutters /
no wasted stop ends
Enables systems formwork to be used - e.g. steel forms /
climbing & slip forms
Starter bars remain protected and clean - they are inside the
casing until needed!
No projecting bars - better working access in confined areas
and improved site safety
Improved shear connection - provided by the formed joint rebate
and indented case profile
Quality features are
The reinforcement starter bars are made of BSt 500 S in
accordance with DIN 488 or BSt 500 WR
Robust, interlocking, galvanized metal cases and lids are
resistant to site handling damage and minimize grout ingress
Available in a range of standard bar configurations in both 12
mm and 16 mm bar diameters