Easton Bevins Chartered Building Surveyors were instructed to prepare a written specification and obtain competitive tenders from Roofing Contractors to replace the original asbestos containing artificial roof slates to the front West Wing elevation as part of a continuing phased programme of works to a residential block of apartments.
The existing roof tiles are at the end of their serviceable life and replacement tiles would offer an opportunity to also improve the thermal performance of the building fabric by replacing the glass fibre insulation with modern alternatives to make the building warm and weathertight for many more years to come.
This particular phase of the project had a contract duration of 10 weeks and was finished within 14 weeks due to resource commitments during the summer holiday period. The works were however carried out with a view to maintaining a high standard of workmanship, paying particular attention to awkward roof details which were previously finished in lead flashings which tended to lift in high winds due to the prominent exposure of the property.
The completed works offers a robust long-term solution with the benefit of being low maintenance to help avoid the need for reactive repairs and cyclical maintenance and redecoration of the building fabric. Whilst the scaffolding was in place, a small area of spalled concrete was renewed and an area of corner brickwork strengthened with ties where it had been subject to thermal expansion and contraction.
The works were procured under the JCT Minor Work form of contract. Easton Bevins provided professional services in relation to the Contract Administration of the project and also managed the health and safety aspects as Principal Designer as required under the CDM Regulations 2015.
The works were delivered within budget and to a high standard which will hopefully set the standard for following phases