Starfish Construction has a close working relationship with Rapleys, and as one of the UK’s leading property and planning consultancies, Rapleys has over 60 years of expertise. Like Starfish Construction, they pride themselves on providing personal and value-added services to their clients throughout the UK.
Rapleys’ clients are some of the most recognised organisations in the country, including Pendragon PLC, one of the biggest automotive retailers and vehicle leasers, with well-known brands including Stratstones, CarStore and Evans Halshaw.
As one of the UK’s leading industrial build and refurbishment companies, Starfish Construction was the clear choice for Rapleys for a roof replacement at Evans Halshaw’s Gateshead Body Shop. The project also required installing new translucent roof lights, new gutters and downpipes.
- 1303 m2 of double-skinned asbestos cement removed
- 1173 m2 of new composite roof panels installed (Kingspan KS1000RW)
- 130 m2 of new translucent roof lights installed
- 440 m linear of new flashing installed
- 142 m linear of high-level gutters and downpipes removed
- 118 m linear of new Trimline gutters and downpipes installed
Completed on time
Challenges and Solutions
There are several challenges that Starfish Construction regularly face on this type of project, but complacency is not a word in our company vocabulary. Working at height, asbestos material, and client occupancy were all factors on this roof replacement project. Increasingly, clients want to continue working within the building during the works process, which carries potential risks to staff, their customers, stock and significant disruption to business operations if not managed correctly.
Our use of sacrificial netting and Easi Dec scaffolding, combined with roof edge projection, helps ensure maximum safety and keeps the all-important productivity for client operations running. These and other protection processes ensure our operative's safety and the safety of staff and customers below. Following an in-house asbestos refurbishment survey, Starfish Environmental & Asbestos Services Ltd (SEAS) detected asbestos material within the existing roof. SEAS developed a bespoke asbestos strategy to complete the removal with minimum risk to the building occupants and limited disruption to normal site operations.
With precise planning and in-house pre-works surveys detecting the presence of asbestos, Starfish Construction was able to plan the project from start to finish and factor in all potential risk elements before the works commenced.
Weekly progress reports kept all stakeholders informed throughout the works. A client appointed 3rd party-building controller carried out inspections throughout the works to underpin our rigorous in-house Health & Safety regime. Rapleys and Pendragon were very satisfied with our procedures to ensure the safety on site and our ability to complete on time.
Starfish Construction believes that it is best when your in-house teams control of every aspect of a project. From the survey stage, asbestos management and removal through to the implementation of a robust Health & Safety management plan, your project is more likely to proceed without problems, and more importantly, finish on time, and within budget.
Jamie Purdon, SEAS.