Project Case Study: External Refurbishment of five ‘Laing Easiform’ apartments
Asbestos removal, EWI, Glazing, Insulated Roofing, Roofline works, Rainwater goods, hard & soft landscaping etc.
Client: Bron Afon Community Housing
Westdale were awarded the principal contract to regenerate five four-storey non-traditionally constructed ‘Laing Easiform’ apartment blocks in multiple tenures.
Scope of Works: The investment programme made provision for a comprehensive external refurbishment package, including communal area refurbishment works, door entry & intercom systems, aerial & satellite works, plus landscaping & environmental enhancements.
Project Design: Westdale performed the duty holder role of ‘Principal Contractor’ under the CDM Regulations 2015, managing the delivery of a number of supply chains and sub-contractors. The ‘Principal Designer’ role ensured that we planned the project correctly from the outset – developing the Construction Phase Plan and completing all statutory notifications (inc. HSE F10, liaison with utilities, Planning Permissions, Building Control regulations, and the Control of Asbestos.)
Mixed-Tenure: Further complexity was added to the scheme by the presence of Leaseholders, all of whom had different contracts (and therefore different financial obligations) with the client. Westdale facilitated the Section 20 Consultation process and took charge of ensuring private residents’ design options were incorporated.
Aesthetic Uplift: Westdale worked closely with the client, who had no firm design code or fixed architect-led plans for the buildings. Our in-house architect-led design service proposed over a dozen different solutions. This iterative process provided a comprehensive refinement of the final design solution.
Communications and Marketing: We facilitated a thorough community engagement exercise with residents. From this, we were able to allay any residents’ concerns, allowing them to ‘meet the team’, giving advance notice of the noisy elements of the work, which provided further reassurance. We also co-branded a range of communications materials (including Welsh and foreign translation) to the satisfaction of the client. Our innovative Text Message systems provided timely reminders and updates to residents.
Delivery Programme: Works were sequenced intuitively to minimise resident inconvenience. Ultimately, we developed an ambitious yet achievable programme. Through effective management & coordination, we ensured that the project was not forestalled for need of a key decision. Westdale’s significant experience meant that our delivery timeframe was a fraction of our competitors’. This speed of delivery had a positive effect upon minimising resident inconvenience – many of whom were either elderly or infirm.
Working at Heights: Bespoke Scaffolding Solutions: The four-storey construction method of these properties required enhanced consideration at project design stage, in accordance with the Working at Height Regulations. We adhered to the ‘Hierarchy of Control’ principles of NASG SG25:10, to ensure appropriate scaffolding design, providing purpose-made materials handling systems, in accordance with the ‘Transfer of Materials’ Plan.
We appointed CISRS-registered scaffolders, whom we controlled via permits to work. Additional safety controls included covered, floodlit walkways, ladder locks, debris netting, foam scaffolding protection to first floor level and toe guards etc. ‘Scaff tags’ were inspected on a weekly basis.
Community Investment Strategy: As appointed contractors to a growing number of national procurement frameworks, we acknowledge that every pound invested makes a positive contribution to delivering social value in local communities. Westdale’s commitments around social value included a further phase of our successful TRT Employability Programme.