An extensive, modern residential apartment block, the buildings had been finished with a proprietary ‘thin coat’ render system, coloured white. The Directors were concerned that after 10 years the buildings were not keeping their appearance and that many water leaks were reported.
This prestigious property in Docklands is a modern apartment complex with in excess of 400 flats. It has brickwork elevations, flat roofs and powder coated aluminium windows, doors and trims. The internal common parts are extensive but are similarly unfussy. As would be expected in such a building there is a substantial amount of M&E. It could be assumed that there is little to be done to maintain such a building.
A very large apartment block in Docklands has a considerable amount of rainscreen cladding to the elevations. This type of cladding has powder coated surfaces and many seams, mastic joint seals, gaskets, pop rivets and weep holes all of which have periodic maintenance and renewal needs. Metcalfe Briggs used a large cherry picker to reach the ‘nooks and crannies’ of each elevation so that all building elements could be identified, the quantity accurately assessed and the maintenance regime defined.
A high rise apartment complex in Docklands presented particular difficulties to survey and complete a Asset Management Plan. Tiered roof balconies and rising to 16 storeys meant external access using scaffold or a cherry picker was physically and economically impossible. Instead rope access was chosen to get close to the elevations to understand the building’s construction and condition.