Priory View, Portsmouth
Lawtech have successfully completed the cladding remediation works at Priory View in Southsea, Portsmouth.
Clarion Housing Group
September 2020 - September 2022
Lawtech were tasked with the replacement of combustible EPS Render System and timber cladding to all elevations for Priory View, which is 10 storeys at its tallest point, comprising of 71 residential flats. Non-combustible alternatives including SPS Envirowall EWI and a Rockpanel FS-Xtra rainscreen cladding system were installed. All balconies were also replaced with AliDeck balcony decking. Further works included the replacement of localised elements of fire-stopping, fire breaks, cavity barriers, cement particle board and insulation with non-combustible alternatives. The project was delivered on time against the EOT programme issued.
Lawtech always look to provide social and added value on all contracts. Our Resident Liaison Officer (RLO) worked with residents to minimise disruption and enhance customer satisfaction. This included organising a Resident Community Event, Christmas event/card competition and a Building Safety competition. We also supported Clarion in assisting Fratton Community Hub financially, including a donation of two computer monitors, plywood, two heaters and other materials for projects for the youth group. E
Hiring local and Apprenticeship
Lawtech are committed to hiring local where possible. This was demonstrated in this project as we employed 85% of the sub-contractors and four full-time labourers from the local area. The site’s Apprentice RLO was also recruited via a flyer posted through the Community Hub. The local Portsmouth resident has received an NVQ 2 in Business Administration, on-the-job training, mentoring and support from our team. He has been taught skills in Excel, Office 365, customer service, phone manner, business level verbal and written communication, administration skills, and is doing exceptionally well at the company.
Challenges we overcame:
This project posed some particular challenges which required careful consideration and coordination throughout. Key challenges included:
Traffic management was necessary to minimise the risk of injury from possible interaction between vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The children’s play area was proposed to be used for the placement of skips. We had to ensure this was kept tidy at all time
Works had to be coordinated with neighbouring site Collins Place, for Vivid Homes. For example, the children's play area had to be shared for waste management and this required effective communication with the team.
Due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, arrangements were put in place to protect the workforce on site.