West Dunbartonshire Council

Background

West Dunbartonshire Council is spending over £25M continuing the programme of repairs to improve its housing and local estates. The investment is part of the Council’s commitment to bring every Council home in the area up to the Scottish Quality Housing Standards by 2015.

What we did

We were contracted to re-roof and install External Wall Insulation (EWI) to over 900 properties across the Council's housing stock. As the project progressed, additional works were added including:

  • Asbestos removal
  • Removal of existing cavity wall insulation
  • Chimney removal prior to re-roofing works
  • Installation of oversills
  • Repairs to front entrance canopies
  • Installation of Communal Satellite TV Systems
  • Replacement of rainwater goods

The project presented a number of health and safety challenges, including:

  • Tenant Care: we appointed a Tenant Liaison Officer (TLO) to explain the works and how it would affect each tenant and to find out if any special requirements needed to be met. Tenants/Owners were also kept up-to-date by regular newsletters and encouraged to contact the TLO should they have any issues or concerns.
  • Access: we teamed up with our subsidiary company, Turner Access, to use their revolutionary Turner Octo® System Scaffolding providing a fast, safe, versatile and aesthetically pleasing access solution which could be used across varying property types.
  • Asbestos Removal: Soffit areas in a number of the properties were found to contain materials partly comprised of asbestos which had to be removed before any works could begin. Enclosure Structures were erected around all relevant sites and an Air/Bag Lock System put into operation using Negative Pressure Units and containing Hygiene Facilities. The Asbestos was removed under controlled Wetting Conditions, then disposed of in line with regulation, minimising the threat of exposure to operatives as well as to the tenants.

The Results

We increased the environmental efficiency of all properties through the use of better performing insulation which made each property more efficient in containing heat. In turn, this minimised the environmental impact of the property as well as resulting in a substantial saving for the tenant in their heating bills.

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