In order to reduce the exposure of the building to the elements, we will only remove cladding and insulation that can be re-installed within the same day. This means that there will never be times when the building will be left overnight without insulation, therefore making apartments feel cold. Below is a breakdown of the steps that will be taken each day, these steps will be repeated every day until the project is complete.
Access (part 1)
Access to most areas of the building will be with the use of mast climbers, these can be seen on many other buildings in the area. It is the best option as it causes least disruption and is the quickest way to work. The installation of each mast climber will take around 4 days prior to works to cladding start.
As we prepare to begin works to the cladding in a particular area, the first thing that we will do is install a privacy film on the windows in that particular area. This will maintain the privacy of the residents but also allow light into the apartments. The film will remain in place until works in that area are complete, this will typically be around 6 weeks. A visual survey will also be carried out to reinforce the findings of the drone survey and ensure no cladding is damaged and to highlight any potential repairs required.
Once the preparation work has been completed, the removal of cladding will commence. Only cladding that can be re-instated within the same day will be removed. Once cladding has been removed and safely stored until it is time to re-install, insulation removal can then begin. All insulation will need to be removed from the building and taken away from site for disposal and recycling. This will mean that only the main structure of the building will remain. During this time, apartments may feel cold, but this will be kept to a minimum.
Once all insulation has been removed, the new installation can then be installed. This will start with the installation of a new bracketry and railing system to support both the insulation and the cladding. This will then be followed by the installation of a new, non-combustible insulation and cavity barriers. Both the products will reduce the risk of fire damage and protect apartments from neighbouring apartment fires by reducing the possibility of fire spreading through the cavity between the building and the cladding. Upon completion, detailed records/inspections will be carried out to ensure the correct installation and suitable quality of the works.
Once all insulation is complete and records/inspections are satisfactory, the cladding can then be re-installed onto the new railing system. It is important at this stage to take extra care to ensure that no panels are damaged.
The final step after cladding has been re-installed is to clean and wipe down to remove any dirt or marks created during the works. This will leave the building as we found it to minimise the impact that the works have on the building as much as possible.
Access (part 2)
- After all works are complete and all inspections have been completed, the mast climbers can be removed. This will take around 3 days and privacy film will be removed at the same time. Once the mast climber has been removed from an area, there should be no more works to be carried out.