During a routine building survey our surveyor identified significant unevenness to the suspended timber floor to the sales area of one of our Clients retail premises. Further intrusive investigation works identified a large basement area beneath the shop that was previously covered over and a suspended timber floor that was suffering attack from both dry and wet rot along with beetle infestation. Our client instructed us to undertake full project management of the works in removal of the existing and renewal of the floor structure and surface finishes.
Intrusive investigation works to identify the cause of the unevenness involved breaking through the floor covering and floor boards. This was undertaken outside of normal working hours as the store was and continued to trade up until project commencement. This investigation revealed that all timbers in the basement were suffering from dry and wet rot as a consequence of significant damp and the absence of any ventilation in the basement area beneath.
Temporary shoring and propping works were instructed and undertaken in the short term to make the area safe and to allow trade continuity until the major remedial works commenced on-site.
TPG Consulting produced a detailed design and specification and full architectural services for the required works which included full renewal of the floor structure and finishes along with installation of a suitable ventilation and damp proofing system to the basement void beneath.
The proposals including structural calculations for the proposed design along with an anticipated 3 week timescale for the works were duly agreed with the Client prior to completing a tender and tender evaluation exercise. Both Landlord and Building Regulations approval were sought and approved and then TPG Consulting surveyor’s project managed the works from start to finish including providing contract administration and CDM coordinator services. The entire project was completed according to programme and on budget.
On completion of the works the store was transformed. A new floor structure, constructed from a combination of steel, concrete beam and block and timber was installed and mechanical ventilation was introduced to the basement area along with a permanent form of access for on-going maintenance and inspections. The new luxury vinyl floor finish was installed in-line with our clients new store standards and helped to improve the overall image of the store.
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