The Wakefield District Housing £2.1m external structural repair project to 143 BISF (British Iron and Steel Federation) houses in three areas of Wakefield, Flanshaw, Hemsworth and Chequerfield was finally completed in October 2013.
The refurbishment programme saw the houses completely transformed by the Henry Boot Construction team who removed the corrugated steel roof panels, replacing them with modern tiles, applying external insulated render as well as constructing brand new lean-to roofs and external GRP canopies over the front doors of each of the properties.
The original external wall finishes were completely stripped away right back to the internal boards and re-studded with new timber studding and plywood facades, they were then re-covered using a mixture of insulated smooth render and a simulated brick render which gives the properties a fresh modern appearance, ensuring longevity for the future.
The scheme required meticulous planning to ensure the tenants were not left without any form of insulation for any period of time.
Tony Shaw, Henry Boot Construction Eastern Region Director
“This particular project for Wakefield District Housing complements our recent accreditation as a Green Deal
Installer and ECO framework partner for British Gas. This is exactly the sort of work that both of these initiatives are designed to deliver. Our work for Wakefield District Housing underlines our commitment to working with social housing providers to improve social housing stock and reduce carbon emissions and fuel bills in low income households.”
Local BTEC students involved in project gain valuable experience.
Juliette Sycamore Centre Manager from Elite Training
“We work with and recently hosted a number of BTEC Construction students on these sites as part of our commitment to developing young people in the industry. The pupils learn about every stage of the build process on their site visit developing a greater understanding of the works carried out by the different trades on site”.“The pupils showed a real interest and all agreed that they now have a better understanding of construction in particular the involvement of different trades from operative to technical roles. They feel the visit has benefited them greatly and will certainly assist them in their BTEC course”
The work was procured through Lot 38 West of the EN Procure Elemental Works Framework, with a total project value of £2.1m, works began on site in October 2012 and were completed in October 2013.