Chapel Court is a Grade II listed 19th century building, which has been converted into apartments. Impressed with the standard of work carried out on similar properties, HML Property Management again hired CRS to re-slate the building’s 500sqm roof, which had been leaking over the years. The team carried out the works at the fully occupied building over a 10 week period during the Covid-19 pandemic.
After stripping the existing slates, the team found that the longstanding leak had rotted the timber in both the gutters and the spars, which needed to be completely replaced before slating could begin.
Using 13,000 traditional Welsh slates, the team then reinstated the roof covering, including to the valley gutters, land gutters, hips, top and side abutments. They also repaired the chimney and replaced the lead gutters.
Working during Covid-19 pandemic
Working on an occupied building requires careful management at the best of times, but the Covid-19 pandemic presented additional health and safety challenges.
After careful consideration of advice from the Construction Leadership Council and Build UK, and consulting with the client, CRS’s senior management team decided that work could be carried out safely.
The project team implemented new Site Operating Procedures (SOP) developed by the Construction Leadership Council for Covid-19, which are based on Public Health England guidelines, and include protocols for social distancing on site.
Operatives were given toolbox talks on these new SOPs, with breaks staggered to minimise the number of individuals using the site cabin and hand sanitizer made available around the site. In addition to a full-time Site Manager, a third party Health and Safety Auditor was also employed to carry out regular inspections throughout the refurbishment.