January 1st, 2017
Ashburton and Convent Estates, London Borough of Wandsworth
Over a two year period, Diamond Build’s South London team successfully delivered two concurrent large scale refurbishment projects for our long-term Client, The London Borough of Wandsworth.
Ashburton Estate (£2.4m) and Convent Estate (£950k) were both completed ahead of schedule – Ashburton Estate by seven weeks and Convent Estate by eight weeks.
Both projects required window renewal, concrete, slate and brick repairs, external and internal redecorations to communal areas and fencing repairs. Complex scaffolds were implemented to enable the window renewals to be undertaken from outside the building, and to facilitate structural repairs.
Diamond Build appointed the same team who had previously completed works at Antrim House for the same Client, including Senior Contracts Manager, Terry Driver.
Asked about the works Terry has said:
“Both contracts were large scale undertakings and it was vitally important to select and mobilise the most appropriate subcontractors in terms of size and expertise. Our approved supply chain enabled us to call on the services of trusted subcontractors who we knew would provide good work.
Consideration to the residents and flexibility within the programme structure was of paramount importance. As we were guests working within people’s homes, efficient communications and one-to-one consultations were key.
Good resident and leaseholder management was handled by our Resident Liaison Officers (RLOs) Christine O’Brien and Mark Rule, and Site Manager, Wayne Chatten, minimising disruption to the daily lives of those living on the estates.
“Our focused approach at Ashburton for example enabled us to complete the works to 300 dwellings in less than a year.”
The internal and external renewals at Ashburton Estate were spread across 3 medium rise and 3 low rise tower blocks, while at Convent Estate the scope comprised 131 properties in low rise blocks.
Wandsworth themselves were intent that Residents at the Ashburton Estate should take ownership of the refurbishment process and a ballot was held to choose the external painted render panels of each block, with assistance from our RLOs.
Positive resident satisfaction surveys gave encouraging feedback for these projects and a National Bronze Considerate Constructors Site Safety Award was received.
We were pleased to begin £2.4m of works in January this year at the Alton Estate for the Borough after a further successful bid.