External Wall Cladding for Property on Protected Land
The installation of external wall cladding to 31 residential homes on land owned and protected by English Heritage required a sensitive approach and quick turnaround to limit environmental impact.
The coastal site presented many challenges and the refurbishment included the relocation of utility service pipework to the properties. With a tight timescale of just four months, we developed a phased programme of work which was carefully project managed to meet the deadline without compromising on quality or health and safety.
How we helped
Our ability to offer a turnkey solution for energy efficiency upgrades such as this meant we were able to get on site quickly and make progress immediately.
The properties were a mixture of traditional brick built and non-traditional concrete panel semi-detached and detached homes. On assessing the stock, we noted a number of issues such as the fact that side opening windows on the UPVC porches on certain homes would not open once external wall cladding had been fitted. Remediation work therefore had to be planned in to make sure windows, doors, fences and walls were upgraded to accommodate the additional wall depth.
All cast iron waste pipes were removed and new waste and drainage pipes fitted after the external wall insulation system had been fitted. Repointing was carried out where needed prior to work commencing.
Internally, copper waste pipes were replaced with new UPVC pipework to minimise cold bridging through the EWI system. New gas condensing boilers were fitted to some properties and new curtains and blinds were supplied and installed where windows and doors had been replaced.
The project was completed within 20 weeks and care was taken to tidy and restore paths, roads and gardens after the installation work was finished. All external concrete surfaces were redecorated and a full snagging survey was carried out to avoid the need to return to site for remedial work at a later stage.
We worked seamlessly with the client to deliver not only an EWI project in a marine environment but also the transition of services and utilities from over ground to underground, which included LPG and electricity.