Photographs of the blocks before the works commenced
It quickly became obvious that there were both unforeseen challenges and opportunities in delivery of the project.
Working closely with the Client, Westdale proposed various technical and architectural solutions until a final specification was agreed upon.
The first key challenge was to co-ordinate activity around the high number of residents who lived in the flats and who shared a communal access. Our full time dedicated Resident Liaison Officer was key in managing the interface between the needs of residents and necessities of the works. Never was this more critical than during the balcony re-surfacing works where, because of the need for drying times, strictly controlled access routes were devised.
The largest single element of the works was re-roofing. Generally, existing felted flat roofs were renewed with new high performance multi-layer membranes over thick slabs of insulation laid to improved falls.
The largest block was over 850m2 and needed to be subdivided into smaller lots to be able to be completed safely and without risk from poor weather.
During the roof works several existing chimneys were removed and roofed over because they were redundant. By and large though, existing they were waterproofed with new render, flashings and copings.
The EWI comprised 90mm EPS insulant with a painted texture and Artbrick finish.
Taking the opportunity to use a limited number of subtle colours, the appearance of the blocks were made to look a little more contemporary.