Faithorn Farrell Timms has enjoyed a long working relationship with Grainger Plc, undertaking a number of refurbishment projects for them for over the past five years. In March 2017, we were instructed by Grainger Plc. to provide Principal Designer services for the full refurbishment of two flats in Southwark.
The site comprised a four-storey block, which was constructed circa 1950’s, and was of typical load bearing, brick-built design. The proposed works were:
- The removal of all existing fixtures and fittings
- Strip-out of kitchen and bathroom including doors, frames and wallpaper
- Full re-wire including new lighting and sockets
- New central heating system
- Full re-plaster, new kitchen (with appliances), and new bathroom, new doors, frames and skirting
- Full re-decoration with new flooring throughout and blinds at all windows
Grainger Plc. provided us with a site start and completion date, Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys, contract particulars, specification of works, finishes schedule as well as the Principal Contractors contact details.
Initially, we appraised all this information and produced a Pre-Construction Information Pack (PCIP) for the Principal Contractor, in order for them to prepare a Construction Phase Plan for our review before works started on site. There was an eight-week construction period for both flats. Due to this and the nature of the works, this project was not notifiable to the HSE.
As the construction neared completion, we requested the Health & Safety File information from the Principal Contractor. We provided a guidance document which detailed the information we required, including a schedule of materials, list of suppliers, operating and maintenance manuals as well as test certificates.
- Due to the nature of Grainger’s client, we were given a tight deadline
- Asbestos containing Chrysotile was found in properties when the R&D Asbestos Surveys were carried out in January and March
- Due to the location of the site, there was regular traffic movement to and from adjacent areas, as well as pedestrian movement. A safe system of work was implemented so as not to impede road users.
The Asbestos found in the properties was removed as per recommendations in the R&D Asbestos Surveys. We advised that, should the Principal Contractor discover any further material which they suspect contains asbestos, works were to cease immediately and our client and the Principal Designer team were to be notified.
We obtained the required information from the Principal Contractor and the Health and Safety File was produced and sent to our client in June 2017.
Following the issue of the Health and Safety File, we met with our client’s asset management team to assist with uploading the information onto their asset portal. This was made possible as we requested one electronic and one hard copy of the Health and Safety File Information prior to works commencing. By assisting our client in uploading this information, they could ensure all data on these properties was captured and future maintenance could be budgeted, planned for and implemented.
Our Principal Designer maintained 24-hour mobile phone access so that any queries could be dealt with as soon as possible.