The site is located next to the Arsenal Football stadium which provided many logistical challenges to the site team, especially on match days. The entrance to the stadium had to be maintained at all times for vehicles and pedestrians. This same road was also used for site access. Additional coach parking for 18 coaches had to be accommodated on match days.
The site was also shared with Barratt Homes who were working on a similar residential project at the other end of the site. We had to manage and coordinate all deliveries with them to ensure there was not a backlog of vehicles at any one time.
The programme was tight right from the start so innovative methods of construction had to be incorporated to save time.
To address logistical challenges, Kier held weekly meetings with representatives from both the football club and Barratt Homes to agree delivery schedules and future abnormalities.
To ensure quality whilst accommodating the tight programme, bathroom pods were constructed off site and then delivered for fitting. Concrete stairwells were also constructed off-site and delivered ready to be lifted into place. Both these methods had associated quality and timescale benefits.
Metsec inner leaf was used throughout the works to help the works progress quickly after the frame was complete. Studwork partitions were used for lightweight construction, this provided a quick method of construction allowing us to keep to the tight programme.
Working with the client, we agreed to provide the homes in the South building on a core by core basis in 6 cores. This enabled each core to be commissioned separately.
Newlon Housing commented that the quality of the finish is exemplary and is a benchmark for all future schemes.
Access to the Emirates stadium was maintained at all times during the project’s life cycle with thousands of vehicles and pedestrians moving safely through the site.
The team also engaged with the local community through monthly newsletters, resident meetings, school visits to site and apprenticeship placements. Our Project Manager also completed the Belfast marathon in aid of Barnado’s.
The BBC also filmed a number of scenes for a TV programme on site.
" Newlon has a long standing relationship with Kier... We have worked together for over 10 years and during that time we have found their approach to joint working, responsiveness, quality of product, project management, health and safety commitment, attention to defects, timeliness and client relationships all excellent. We believe we will continue to work with Kier in the future. They are knowledgeable, professional and helpful and we enjoy a good working relationship with them "Senior Project Manager Newlon Housing Trust
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