Hollis Global is one of the leading independent commercial real estate consultants, an international company that works on behalf of and advises a multitude of clients from building owners, occupiers, fund managers and pension funds. When approached by a pension fund group, who had recently purchased Cameron Court Industrial Estate, and were looking to make it more commercially viable, Hollis Global turned to Starfish Construction Group for support in transforming the properties. Hollis pride themselves on offering a best in class service — Europe-wide network with a global outlook, supporting their clients at every stage of the property cycle.
Starfish Construction Group's culture, processes and experience matched with the requirements and aspirations of both Hollis and the client.
Technical survey overview and scope of works
When Starfish Construction Group became involved on the Cameron Court Estate, it was to utilize our non-destructive survey techniques to ascertain the condition and build-up of the flat roof areas, plus we also carried out an intrusive survey of the wall cladding.
The survey results allowed Starfish Construction Group to provide a detailed report on the current condition and build-up of the roofing and cladding. We also provided U-Value and dew point calculations.
In addition to improving the aesthetics of the site, the client wanted to improve the thermal performance of the buildings, to bring them in-line with or ahead of current building regulations. In turn, this would help reduce future heating bills for tenants. The upgrade of the roof lights and wall glazing would also improve natural daylight within the property.
Starfish Construction Group highlighted, with the use of moisture mapping, that the majority of the roofs could be overlaid with a new high-performance bituminous felt system. The overlay had the following benefits:
- Approximately 55% less cost than a full replacement
- Less disruption
- Eco friendly-With less perfectly good roof stripped and sent to landfill
- Quicker install.
The wall cladding was an unusual construction with internal structural liner panels which the client wanted to be left in situ. There was aged mineral wool insulation and a profiled steel outer cladding. The building had additional steel bracing to the corners which reduced the available space to work.
Starfish Construction Group designed a system which left the liner in place. We replaced the insulation with dense rockwool and a 45mm composite panels, which achieved the desired modern look while meeting building regulations and negotiating the tight spaces available behind the corner bracing.
- 6000m2 of high performance built-up felt roofing
- 3000m2 of wall cladding
- 300m2 of hardstanding suitable for articulated vehicles
- 24 new triple skin rooflights
- 560m of free-standing handrail
- All new fire doors.
Challenges and solutions
Following the successful installation of the roofing and cladding systems on previous phases of Cameron Court, Starfish Construction Group secured the opportunity to work on Units 1-11 Cameron Court.
Unlike the previous phases, Units 1-11 were fully occupied by the tenant, Christeyns, a manufacturer of specialist cleaning chemicals. The site at Cameron Court is a COMAH site, Care of Accidental Major Hazards, and as such has strict Health and Safety restrictions.
All works were to take place on-site with the minimum of disruption to the tenants’ daily operations. The project also benefited from added value works including
The full scope of works including:
- 180m of security fencing
- 11 new glazed shop fronts
- 11 new insulated roller shutter doors
- All new double-glazed windows, including additional windows to the offices
- 23 Bathroom refurbishments including removal of asbestos.
Starfish Construction acted as principal contractor and designer for the complete works. Our systems and procedures meet the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 45001, implemented throughout our company.
Every project is approached holistically to ensure we meet individual client needs. The gallery images help demonstrate the dilapidation of the existing roof and the urgent need for a full replacement. The new composite roof panel system ensures the integrity of the warehouses for many years to come, providing safe and highly functional buildings.