Hope Street, Liverpool

PROJECT:

Host Building Façade Works and Internal Upgrades

LOCATION:

Hope Street, Liverpool

CLIENT:

Blackrock

CONTRACT:

Jct 2016 Design and Build

VALUE:

£3.70 Million

With 345 fully occupied student bedrooms, the works included the full replacement of the external rainscreen cladding, along with internal upgrades to localised areas. The façade was a combination of Brick Slips and ACM Cladding.

Built in 2015, using modular timberframe construction, the existing bonded brick slips dramatically failed and required replacing with a mechanically fixed, slip system (Mechslip). The façade has been striped back to the timber frame and the rainscreen reconstructed throughout, including EDPM’s Cavity Barriers, Window Flashings and the Mechslip System. The ACM Cladding was fully removed with close coordination including Host Student Accommodation, Blackrock and the Health and Safety Executive. Special measures identified in Advice Note 14 (Ministry of Housing C&LG) were rigidly adhered to, with the added complication of the building being fully occupied and of a timberframe construction ensuring a vigilant approach to removal and re-instatement.

Complications of limited space, Scaffolding on public highways, conflicting working hour restrictions (Leisure on the ground floor and Accommodation on the 9 upper floors) made effective working a constant challenge. Despite the enormous level of disruption to the students, close coordination with the accommodation providers ensured works were managed safely and effectively, completing the works to programme and on budget.