However, considerable quantities of unexpected ACMs were encountered within the fabric of the building once the strip-out commenced. This included pipe lagging buried within the screed, redundant pipework in window recesses and asbestos pipework and debris exposed as the column cladding was removed.
The strip-out works were carefully scheduled around the asbestos removal to enable tight programme deadlines to be achieved. The work was carried out in two stages to enable areas of the building to remain occupied. Phase I of the work (basement, mezzanine and floors one to six) was completed in 9 months and Phase II (floors 7 to 11) in six months. As well as strip-out the works included structural alterations, exposure of cladding, removal of bonded screed and fireproofing.
Clifford Devlin have managed this complex enabling works very professionally. Their experience of working in listed/heritage buildings combined with a flexible approach allowed us to meet our programme milestones and ultimately deliver this challenging property ready for the refurbishment phase.
Pat Gillam, Project Director, ISG Plc