Location: Eastleigh, Hampshire
Services: Roof Tiling, Leadwork
Sector: Commercial and Industrial
Our South Coast branch enjoyed helping client Castleoak, a leading developer of social housing and homes with care, fulfil their goal of providing luxury accommodation for retired people in Hampshire. How? By supplying first-class roof tiling, vertical tiling and leadwork services on their Bishopstoke Park Retirement Village Eastleigh between December 2019 and May 2021.
The £346,634.40 project was one of the only schemes we worked on that ran throughout the entire first lockdown period. Luckily, we were able to maintain a sufficient labour supply during the pandemic to ensure works could continue. This is thanks to our parent company, Avonside Group, having the biggest call to labour in the country.
Despite us tending to purchase materials directly from the manufacturer, for this project we sourced products from a merchant, meaning we could overcome supply shortages encountered due to the pandemic.
Although roofers mainly work outdoors, lessening their risk of catching COVID-19 compared to internal trades, we didn’t want to take any chances with our operatives’ health. To this end, the site supplied additional handwashing stations, and COVID-19 safety regulations, for example, social distancing, were strictly followed. Monthly Health and Safety Toolbox Talks, and inspections were carried out by our Contracts Manager to ensure everyone was on the same page when it came to what was expected in terms of workplace safety.
Thanks to the ground behind the five plots we worked on and the general layout of the site, all five plots lacked the four loading bays usually seen at the front, rear and sides of a plot. So much so that three of the plots only had one loading bay each. This created significant access problems which could only be solved by us supplying the extra labour needed to transport the roof tiles around the site.
With other retirement homes in the village being lived in, our Senior Contracts Manager, George Guard, and his team had to consider noise levels and were only permitted to start work at 8:30am rather than 8:30/8am as usual.
The physical environment was also taken into account. As per the Principal Contractor’s rules, waste was properly segregated to ensure the responsible disposal of materials.
Buildings of this nature tend to involve a variety of skilled professionals and Bishopstoke Park Retirement Village Eastleigh was no exception. We worked alongside other trades, with carpenters installing Velux windows before our operatives could install flashing kits and our roofers fitting the roof battens before the solar installers could do their part. Only then could our teams commence roof tiling. This meant that strict deadlines had to be met.
Not only was the project completed to the highest standard, but our very own Jake Price completed his NVQ Level 2 in Roofing Operations – Roof Tiler and Slater while working on the Bishopestoke Park site. Congratulations, Jake!