Knotty Ash Structural Refurbishment

HMS recently completed a major structural repair project across seven three block estates in Knotty Ash on behalf of client Liverpool Mutual Homes. The £500,000 project involved HMS’ experienced team of trade staff and specialist contractors working for three months to reverse severe weathering sustained through heavy storm damage and brick freezing.

Project overview and build

The extent of the works required HMS to produce a detailed operational safety plan including individual access arrangements as all customers would remain in-situ for the duration of the works. HMS site management teams are trained temporary works coordinators enabling us to adapt to unforeseen works during the construction phase.

Work began across the site with removing overgrown vegetation to gain access. Working to a tight deadline, HMS erected a bespoke structural scaffold to prevent the threat of collapse of gable ends which had weakened due to historic weathering.

HMS also worked with BT, which relocated communication cables across the estates to ensure that there would be limited disturbance to phone lines and careline for vulnerable residents should any future works be required.

In early January 2018, a second scaffold was built to allow HMS to work on the roof structure. A temporary roof covering was built to ensure no water could enter the building; the loft space was fitted with tough floor boarding to make the area safe for the team to work.

HMS also provided residents with carbon monoxide alarms as a precautionary measure whilst flues in the roof space were inspected for weather damage. External gas mains were fitted with protective covers to prevent possible rupturing while scaffolding was in place.

Works where completed whist residents remained onsite throughout the program. The extent of structural works included:

  • Stabilising and temporary works
  • Stripping the roof and providing a temporary roof covering
  • Boarding out the loft space
  • Demolishing and rebuilding gables
  • Removing and renewing insulation
  • Rebuilding the roof structure
  • Repairing window lintels
  • Renewing brick work
  • Rebuilding of the bin store, including new roofing and rebuilding foundations

HMS worked closely with LMH client teams and all the residents to deliver the project on time and to budget.

The high-quality results which HMS has become synonymous for were also delivered accommodating unforeseen works, which included further courses of brickwork to the defective gables and renewing wall ties. HMS further provided easy access and egress for residents by constructing new pathways to one area and an accessible DDA compliant ramp to the rear of another block to ensure the site complies with the Disability Discrimination Act.

Paul Worthington, Managing Director at HMS said:

“The project is further evidence of how HMS’ team delivers high quality working within the considerate constructor requirements. LMH has a strong focus on preserving properties wherever possible and we are delighted to have delivered a great result in a short project timescale.”

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