Following a review of the external wall systems at Icona Point, numerous fire safety issues were identified requiring works to the unitised curtain wall system, rendered EWI system, and balconies. Martin Arnold was appointed for the management of these works, which involved the provision of Contract Administration, Clerk of Works, and Principal Designer services.

Appointed from the project outset, Martin Arnold provided initial assistance in inspecting and reviewing the external wall systems working alongside the Fire Engineer and subsequently carried out the design and specification, obtained the relevant statutory approvals, and managed the procurement of the works including a single stage competitive tender.

The works included the replacement of combustible insulation to the unitised curtain wall system, full replacement of the rendered EWI system, and replacement of timber decking to a non-combustible substitute.

Monitoring of the works was conducted by Martin Arnold as Contract Administrator and Clerk of works throughout to ensure a high standard of workmanship was achieved and maintained, ultimately leading to a quality delivery at handover, and an external wall system safe for the building occupants.

  • Client

    Warton Management Limited

  • Contractor

    P.A. Finlay & Company Limited

  • Contract Value

    £2,090,000

  • Duration

    16 months

  • Address

    Warton Road, London, E15 2JD

Challenges:

The development being positioned alongside the railway added additional challenges, specifically the requirement to enter into a Basic Asset Protection Agreement (BAPA) with both Network Rail and TFL prior to work commencing to the relevant building elevation. This required a collaborative approach between all parties of the project to ensure the required information was supplied to both of the rail operators, enabling obligations to be discharged and works to progress.

A further challenge identified pre-contract was related to the removal of the façade panels to the unitised curtain wall system. Due to the original construction sequencing, the panels could not be removed via the fixings alone. To overcome this, Martin Arnold developed a solution to remove and refix the panels which involved cutting the panels at specific locations where essential to allow for removal. Subsequently, following replacement of the combustible insulation, bespoke aluminium cover strips colour matched to the existing panels along with an appropriate sealant was utilised to make good the joint during re-instatement.

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