St Christopher House at Whitehaven in Cumbria is just one of the many projects we undertook in 2017
We recently completed this mid-size 12 week contract on schedule. A team of up to twelve technicians at any one time were deployed to the West Cumbrian town. They worked under the guidance and close supervision of our contracts manager, Andy Titherington.
Our primary tasks on this project were repairs and full re-coating of the roof sections. In addition the same tasks were executed on the external wall claddings along with frame re-coating all windows, gutter lining and much more. General light repair work and replacement security floodlighting was also carried out. A total of eight painting technicians and four roofing technicians were stationed on-site, overseen by our contracts manager.
Project Tasks Overview
- Full Roof & Cladding Re-coating
- Cladding Repairs to Roof & Walls
- Frame Re-coating all Windows
- Complete Gutter Lining throughout
- Light General Repair Work
- Replacement Security Floodlighting Installed
We presented our proposal and won the contract at Whitehaven in the spring of 2017. The principal objective of this contract was to carry out a comprehensive external restoration of the paintwork on the two storey office block. Due to its close proximity to the shoreline of the Irish Sea the structure had not fared well against the salty elements. Being fully exposed to driving wind and rain over the years had left major components of the building suffering badly from corrosion.
Work commenced with the installation of scaffolding on two sides of the building by one of our sub-contractors, Pro Scaffold. At this stage all elevations where assessed by MEWPS and scaffolding was tagged and ready to use in full compliance of health and safety regulations. Scaffolding towers were also erected to provide access and edge protection of the roof sections. They were not used as working platforms, therefore safety boards were not necessary.
We were now in a position to ascertain precisely what was required and quickly discovered the window frames also needed attention. The frames were not originally included in the proposal, however following inspection our client agreed with our assessment. We used cherry pickers to access the side elevations and carry out power-washing in preparation for coating work.
Light repairs were now carried out to the roof areas and side elevations. This included fixing and replacing roof and wall cladding panels and some components along with sections of the gutter system.
The roof works consisted of the removal of an old redundant safety line. The roof sheet panels the line had been attached to where then overlaid with sheet slivers of the same profile. We then relined the entire guttering scheme of the building with a Plygene Gutterline System, which is BBA accredited and has a 25 year guarantee.
On completion of the repair and gutter lining work we then focussed our attention on to carrying out cut edge corrosion treatment on the roof sheet cut edges. We used the Giromax Seamsil system for this which carries a 10 year guarantee.
External Cladding Work
To begin with all external wall cladding was power washed to eliminate salt contamination. This prepared the cladding panels for repair work to be carried and exposed the extent of what was required.
Once the wall cladding panels had been repaired they were now ready for full roof coating. A three coat Tikkurila coating system had been specified, which carries a 10 year guarantee. This process began with spot priming using Temaprime EE followed by one full coat of Temadur 20. A final coat of Temadur 50 was then fully applied, completing the cladding coating process.
With cladding coating finished we now turned our attention to the window frames. As mentioned, these were not originally specified for treatment in the client tender. The windows where first taped up and prepared for coating. We used the same Tikkurila system that we had applied to the cladding.
In addition to all the coating work carried out we replaced 16 external security floodlights. These were Ansell 400 watt floodlights and were installed around the entire exterior of building.
It makes economic sense to carry out tasks like these, when equipment such as the cherry pickers and scaffolding is already on site. Doing this later would incur the costs of hiring everything all over again.
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