The Challenge:

In March 2018, Hyde Housing employed Kier Housing Maintenance to deliver the removal and replacement of the external cladding and insulation at Bolanachi Building, Bermondsey.

Before starting any works, Kier carried out a full pre-condition survey of the properties to determine any existing damage and locate and identify any fittings, electrical or plumbing services located on or within the affected walls. Operatives were given this information on a daily basis during morning briefings, so they were fully aware of site conditions.

When the first panels were removed, Kier found complications with the underlying substructure to the apartments. It was clear that works would need to be reprogrammed to remove and re-fix panels and insulation in quick succession, rather than the original project requirement of a phased scaffold to the elevations

The Solution:

In March 2018, Hyde Housing employed Kier Housing Maintenance to deliver the removal and replacement of the external cladding and insulation at Bolanachi Building, Bermondsey.

Following close collaboration with Martin Arnold Associates, a Gridline System was recommended as the best solution to this new challenge.

Such a system would:

  • Allow Kier to better capture repetitive defects and clearly identify their location.
  • Provide more assurance for Hyde, with better accountability, and full documentation and control – essential on a site where all materials were recorded at varying stages of their installation.
  • Allow locations of work to be clearly identified in weekly site reports.
  • Enable any remedial works emerging during the project to be clearly and easily recorded and managed.

The Impact:

Implementing a Gridline System at Bolanachi Building provided an effective and flexible solution to an emerging challenge.

Collaborating in this way has benefited all stakeholders; operatives and residents have experienced clear communication and knowledge of site works and for the client, all project requirements have been met on schedule.

Finally, not only is the Gridline System a safe way of working, its repetitive nature has created economies and efficiencies for all involved.

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