St George's University
What was our client looking for?
St George’s University is a thriving London-based medical and healthcare
sciences University, integrated with a teaching hospital. Their vision is to be
nationally and internationally recognised for excellence and innovation in
education and research in health and social care. To attract new students
and to reflect its passion for excellence, it is important that St George’s
University stays in top condition all year round.
Our client was looking for a way to carry out the required roof
refurbishment whilst minimising the disruption to the building that functioned
as a highly critical research facility, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How did we help?
The work proved to be particularly challenging as the roof areas were
heavily populated with heating and ventilation ducting, cables and piping.
In addition to this, a separate engineering project was happening in the
same space, at the same time.
Other challenges faced included a high level of odour restrictions. The
team got around this by installing preformed sheets of liquid-applied
coating, disconnecting a number of Air Conditioning units (that were later
refixed) and custom making and installing extension ducts to prevent
odours from entering the building.
A further challenge was the restricted access on site. All crane-lifts had to
be carried out at weekends, which meant that a 60 tonne of ballast had to
be installed and taken down again each weekend.
To meet the tight schedule of 20 weeks, a full-time team of 15 people
plus a site manager, was required on-site. The team was highly praised for
their good work, highlighted by the fact that they were able to install an
additional 1500m2 of liquid-applied coating, whilst keeping within the tight
deadlines. They even picked up an award for their outstanding work at the
2011 QA Contractor - Project of the Year Awards.
Thanks to MITIE, St George’s University was able to have the essential works
carried out whilst maintaining a working research facility and causing
minimal disruption to the students and staff.