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  • Client:
    Lighthouse Healthcare
  • Sector:
    Healthcare
  • Type:
    Refurbishment
  • Procurement Method:
    Tendered
  • Location:
    Leek, Staffordshire
  • Project Value:
    £943,000

Project Description

The Pacy and Wheatley Interior Refurbishment project in Staffordshire consisted of the extensive remodelling of a three storey, eight bedroom former private house set at the end of a secluded, cobbled road in landscaped gardens, overlooking the picturesque valley below. Due consideration and close liaison had to be given to the conservation officer, to ensure materials used were in line with the areas requirements. Extensive amounts of asbestos pipe lagging were found from day one which required stripping out and disposal. New works comprised tanking to the basement area to accommodate new meeting rooms. A totally new mechanical, plumbing and electrical installation. New stud wall partitions and ceilings to form two studio rooms with eight further en-suite bedrooms. Some of the building’s existing interior and exterior features were maintained with a full refurbishment programme carried out to the timber sash windows.

The Challenge

Ballington House is located at the end of a private, cobbled road which had to be kept clear at all times for resident access. Furthermore, the drive entrances were extremely tight. This made deliveries particularly difficult. Presence of a substantial amount of asbestos meant potential delays to the commencement of the project and delays to the overall programme and project handover. Our client had residents already nominated for the rooms, so a quick project turnaround was essential.

The Solution

Discussion with suppliers and contractors took place at the earliest opportunity to ensure that the smallest possible delivery vehicles were used to minimise disruption to the residents on the access roads.

Pacy & Wheatley Construction worked closely with the asbestos removal contractor to develop a plan and sequence of air locks. This allowed parts of the building to remain safely accessible to continue working, thereby reducing the programme delays by approximately 50%. The premises could now be occupied sooner providing a huge benefit to the client.

Key Achievements

Providing a high quality end product for our client with particular emphasis on maintaining and refurbishing key original features within and on the facade of the building.

Working with our local & national suppliers to ensure that minimum, or no, disruptions were caused to the local residents. Lateral thinking removed potential delays to hand over to our client.

Testimonials

‘I have worked closely with Pacy and Wheatley Construction over a number of years with different Health Care organisations, ranging from residential elderly to low secure mental health. In that time Pacy and Wheatley Construction have delivered numerous successful projects ranging from intricate refurbishments of operational facilities with complex user groups, through to delivery of major developments on complex brown field sites. The customer service, understanding of our user groups and ability to deliver projects within complex operational constraints has cemented a long standing working relationship between the organisations I have worked with and Pacy and Wheatley Construction. I would recommend them to any serious healthcare development organisation.

Neil Pownall, Head of Property, HC One (Formerly of Lighthouse Healthcare)

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