Project delivered below budget and produced additional savingsIan Harrington
Following a referral from Bauder, Eddisons were instructed by the academy to apply for Condition Improvement Funding to replace the existing flat roof waterproofing systems across the school.
On inspection, it was clear from their poor condition that the roof coverings had reached the end of their useful life expectancy.
The defective roofs were causing numerous leaks resulting in significant damage to the schools’ internal fabric, and creating a health and safety concern with puddles of water creating slip hazards for building occupants.
Eddisons successfully achieved circa £900k to fund the works. As a result of the CIF funding award, the academy were more than happy to appoint Eddisons Building & Project Consultancy Team to run the management of the project.
The nature of the appointment was to undertake the roles of Principal Designer under CDM Regulations 2015 and Contract Administrator. The works would involve stripping the existing roofs to the deck and installing a new felt waterproofing system.
Eddisons carried out much of design work in advance to the funding award, including defect analysis and recommendations to rectify, programme estimation, risk management and tender process.
This meant the pre-construction stage could begin instantly with the Building and Project Consultancy Team ensuring all health and safety documentation was received, reviewed and circulated to all parties within a matter of weeks.
With the project programme scheduled for at least a 6 month construction period, an early start on site was a clear aim to make full use of the best of the British weather. "Our proactive preparation allowed this early commencement to be achieved," said Chris Nettleton, Building Surveyor part of Eddisons' Building and Project Consultancy Team.
Despite minor set-backs, the project ran diligently and ended with a successful outcome.
The project was delivered below budget and even produced enough savings to allow the academy to make upgrades to other associated roof items that were outside the original scope of works.
The works have resulted in many benefits to the academy including, a reduction of heating usage and bills due to insulation levels being improved; a return to functional, wind and water-tight buildings ensuring internal decorations, fixtures and fittings will no longer be damaged.