Hollis Global is a leading independent commercial real estate consultant. An international company that works on behalf of and advises a multitude of clients from building owners, pension funds, occupiers and fund managers. A pension fund group, who approached Hollis after purchasing 11 units in three blocks located at Cameron Court Industrial Estate, Warrington, needed assistance to transform the properties and make them a more viable asset. Hollis Global turned to Starfish Construction Group for project support.
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
On instructions from the client, our technical surveying division carried out investigation surveys of the cladding and roofs, with both Electronic Leak Detecting and Moisture Mapping processes identifying that the roofs were suitable for a cost-effective overlay system.
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.
Our design division provided CAD renders showing our proposed upgrades. Our programme of works and Health and Safety processes also planned and ensured that the sitting tenant, Christeyns, could continue operations while work was carried out on this COMAH site.
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.
Our technical surveying and design divisions processes provided the following benefits to the project:
- 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.
The project has been a great success, with the blocks and individual units having healthy, long-term occupancy levels. We also managed additional project aspects including 180m of security fencing, 11 new glazed shop fronts, 11 new insulated roller shutter doors and new double-glazed windows throughout, including offices. The refurbishment, including removal of asbestos across 23 bathrooms added further value.
Overall, Hollis, the pension fund group and tenants have benefited from our project management and experience with a cost-effective solution that has delivered sustainable project works, materials and management.
Additional Key delivery of the project included:
- 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.