Mitigating the Weather:
The average annual rainfall in Cwmbran almost twice the UK average; Mitigating the effects of the weather formed an integral part of our ability to deliver – not forgetting that sunlight and extreme temperatures can also be as damaging.
Accordingly, Westdale implemented a series of project management methodologies and operational measures to reduce both delivery constraints and quality issues, including ensuring that the work was programmed during suitable weather conditions, taking into consideration seasonal variations and allowing sufficient time in the programme for stoppages due to inclement weather. This involved additional resource allocation to make up for lost downtime.
Risk Assessments, Method Statements & Safe Working Practices:
Our Health & Safety Manager produced all project-specific RAMS that formed part of the Construction Phase Plan, covering COSHH, Asbestos etc.
We specified a Non-Combustible EWI system with high polymer/standard cementitious base coat render prior to applying the topcoat finish, tested and validated by BBA (certificate 96/3243 Product Sheet 1,2,3,4 &5.)
- The system complies to the following Building Standards:
- The Building Regulations 2010 (England and Wales) (as amended) / The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (as amended)
- The Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
- NHBC Standards 2014
- The EWI system is regarded ‘low risk’ and has a B-s1, d0 or Class 0/‘low risk’ reaction to fire classification in accordance with BS EN 13501-1 : 2007 or as defined in the national Building Regulations.
Our teams were taught to understand the negative effects of all weather conditions, and adopted a series of ‘work arounds’to the weather; for example, by tracking the sun so that we worked only in the shade, or by working around rain to prevent ‘washoff’ of dash stones.
Adaptive Working Methods:
The use of hoarding, canopies and dryers was routinely considered as part of our operational delivery. We also used quickset accelerants to speed up the curing process during cold weather.
WML facilitated numerous community engagement events at times convenient to the residents in order to fully brief the community. This had the effect of securing the buy-in of leaseholders, who could have hindered the delivery without their full buy-in.
Communications & Marketing Materials:
A suite of bespoke, user-friendly co-branded marketing material was designed for this project, which included brief guides, introductory letters, and scaffolding banners. We developed a timeline ‘device’, so that residents could gain a better understanding of the multi-stage installation process.