Artillery Mansions

Client: First Port

Overseeing Surveyor: Harris Associates

Project: External Mansion Block Major Works

Site: Residential Mansion Block in Victoria, London

THE CHALLENGE:

  • The external refurbishment of a residential mansion block in Victoria with 7 entrances and an ornate central courtyard.
  • Minimising disruption to the residents and reducing the time the scaffold was up.
  • Erecting a scaffold over a very busy high street used by thousands of commuters en-route to Victoria Station.
  • Liaison with ground level shops and minimising the disruption to their trade.
  • Managing a site with a high level of residents and tight entrances in a safe way.
  • Liaison with over 170 residents in order to have access to the windows for the repairs and redecoration.

WHAT WE DID:

  • We phased our program of scaffolding elevation by elevation in order to reduce the disruption to the residents and ultimately the time that scaffolding would be up outside their windows.
  • We liaised carefully with the ground floor shop owners, designed and manufactured temporary signage with their logos on, and installed them on to the scaffold hoarding. We also increased the lighting and signage at scaffold level to ensure that passers-by knew the shops were still open.
  • We carried out a full clean of the brick and stonework using the DOFF system by Stonehealth, and undertook careful and considerate repointing of the building’s brickwork as well as stone restoration and repair works to the buildings numerous details and finials.
  • We carried out extensive carpentry repairs to the sash windows and restored defective sash cords and weights.
  • We managed the residents expectations by advising them early on when their windows were being repainted giving them clear advice on aftercare, and keeping them up to date with progress with monthly newsletters.

WHY WAS IT A SUCCESS?

    • The project was undertaken in a safe and methodical manner where it was key to liaise very carefully with the numerous residents and managing agents.
    • At the end of the project the building was fully refurbished and the masonry repairs which we had carried out have significantly given the building a lift.
    • We dealt with some niggling minor leak issues with the roof and also around some of the windows.
    • We received a minimal snagging list from the clients of fire due to our pre-snag procedures in line with our red scheme quality assurance documents.
    • There have been no reports of any windows sticking as we managed to eventually get access to all 170 residents and their windows.
    • Trade to the neighboring shops on the ground level continued throughout the works.

WHAT WAS SAID

“A S Ramsay were open, honest and helpful throughout.  Their site manager Andrew Groizard worked alongside us all the way to deliver a first rate project.”

Sean Heather MRICS