Work On York's Bonding Warehouse Ahead Of Schedule.
12:30pm 22nd November 2013
This week sees the roof trusses going on with the use of a large mobile crane, as local construction company Lindum York pushes ahead with the structural reclamation and refurbishment of the Bonding Warehouse on the River Ouse.
The construction programme for Grantside Ltd is on target to have the roof completed and the building watertight by 10th February, with Lindum York working hard to get the majority of the major structural steelwork and the new timber and slate roof completed before Christmas.
Lindum’s Site Manager, Keith Willert says “It is a race against the weather on what is already a very tight programme to deliver the 4 apartments and offices to the upper floors by mid-May next year. We completed the major foundations and structural concrete strengthening works in the basement, key to the flood management design, ahead of the recent seasonal water level rises.”
The project, which also has planning permission for further offices or themed restaurant on the ground floor, saw the structural timber members being hoisted into position on Wednesday (20thNovember). New dormer windows and roof lights have already been installed into the existing slate roof and work to install the internal partitioning, structural timber and roof components to the top floor apartments are underway.
Working on this unique building, which dates back to the 19th Century, has brought some unusual factors as Neil Coote, Business Development Manager for Lindum York, explains “During my long career in construction I have worked on many heritage restoration projects where building evacuation has been a key element within the re-design but this is the first where, instead of fire escapes, we are building flood escapes as well, due to the location and associated planning permission requirements.”
Lindum York Regional Director, Andy Jones added “This is a technically challenging project with detailed Planning, English Heritage and Archaeological considerations, as well as storage and access implications due the very tight site location. Weather conditions are obviously a factor over which we have no control, however we have installed a ‘weather proof envelope’ to the riverside elevation to help protect the site and are working hard to ensure we completed the project within the tight timescales set.”
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