Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP

New-Build Housing at St Faith’s Road, London

The new build construction of a three-storey building comprising nine affordable rent and shared ownership flats

The Project

In October 2013, Faithorn Farrell Timms was appointed by Lambeth and Southwark Housing Association as CDM Co-ordinator and then Principal Designer for the demolition of an existing two-storey Victorian building which comprised four flats, followed by the construction of a three-storey building comprising nine affordable rent and shared ownership flats.

The schedule of accommodation comprises three two-bed flats and six three-bed flats. The scheme was designed to be high quality sustainable family accommodation and all units were designed to be Lifetime Homes.

Our Role

Following our appointment, David Hallamore, a Senior Principal Designer, was allocated to the project and liaised with our client, giving suitable and sufficient advice, assisting our client ensuring that suitable arrangements were made and implemented for the co-ordination of Health and Safety measures during planning and preparation for the Construction Phase.

We obtained our client’s requirements, budget and project timetable to ensure that our services were tailored to meet these. We ascertained from the information provided, that the location of the site and surrounding area meant that the site area would be compact and that deliveries and removals would be a challenge.

We issued our Client Questionnaire to determine all available project information and then appraised this. Following this appraisal, we attended the Design Team Meetings and reviewed drawings to assess any potential hazards and bring these to the attention of the relevant Designer, in order that they could be removed or mitigated, both prior to construction works commencing and throughout the life of the project to ensure safety.

During the design period, we worked with the Design Team to ensure that the design allowed for the safe construction of the project, with consideration given to the neighbouring residents due to the site bounding their properties. We worked with the planning and development coordinator to compile a transport statement which was required by the local planners.

The Challenges

We visited the site during the pre-construction phase to familiarise ourselves with any constraints and the surrounding area. During this visit, it was identified that the access road to the site was used for parking on both sides by residents, another hindrance for the delivery and removal activities.

Tulse Hill railway station was near the site and this was factored into the traffic statement as there would be increased pedestrians at peak travel times.

The Solution

The Pre-Construction Information Pack included the transport statement issued to the planners and this was provided to ensure that the Principal Contractor was aware of the hazards associated with traffic management, but also to assist with the compilation of their traffic management plan.

Throughout the Construction Phase, we maintained vigilant to ensure that high-risk works had properly prepared Risk Assessments and Method Statements and that any alterations to the Design were reviewed, ensuring that any unforeseen hazards could be mitigated or removed.

Our Principal Designer on the project maintained 24-hour mobile phone access so that any queries or concerns raised with the health and safety elements of the works could be dealt with as soon as possible.

To ensure works were being undertaken in accordance with the Construction Phase Plan and statutory Health and Safety Legislation, we undertook monthly health and safety audits on behalf of our client. Following the issue of the report, we held a conference call with our client and the Principal Contractor to discuss the items raised in the report as well as the timescales for rectification.

Added Value

During the Construction Phase, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 were revoked and replaced with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. As the project was scheduled to complete after the October 2015 transitional period, we arranged a workshop on site, where we delivered a seminar on the new regulations. This seminar was crucial to the delivery of the project as there was significant confusion surrounding the new regulations and the duties assigned by these.

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. 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.

This whole lifecycle approach we take to Health and Safety File information is unique to Faithorn Farrell Timms and we believe that it provides added value to our clients as retrospectively attempting to capture asset management data can incur high costs.