Harrison & Harrison Organs Ltd required additional workshop space to accommodate an increase in work, having recently won contracts to refurbish the organs of Canterbury Cathedrals, York Minsters and St Mary & St Cuthbert’s, Chester-le-Street, along with work on St. Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide, Australia.
The scale of the new work required an extension of 376m2 to the existing workshop reaching out into the loading bay and carparking area to the east of the original building.
The timescale for the work to be completed was set in stone as 28th September 2018, allowing Harrisons to take delivery of the York Minster contract during the week commencing 1st October 2018.
The loading bays needed to be designed to allow for articulated vehicles to manoeuvre within a more restricted area.
The new design added a modern look while remaining true to the existing colours and overall look of the original buildings.
The mechanical and electrical systems had to tie in with the existing ones. Additional capacity was required as well as alterations to the security system.
All this work needed to be carried out without disruption to the existing workshop and with minimum interference with the daily business of Harrison & Harrison.
The client project / design team who developed the concept design and specification for the building extension were Teigh & Co (QS) and Stringer & Jones (Architects). Due to their involvement in the original Harrison & Harrison facility development they had invaluable knowledge of the building and services. Knowledge that is paramount in any building project, pre-construction assessment and for the builder.
Kingfield Developments Ltd (KDL) were invited to partake in the tender process. As part of the tender process a value engineering process took place by KDL. Also, members of Harrison & Harrison, including its Managing Director, were invited to view some of our previous projects and had the opportunity to question KDL Managing Director, Mike Dickinson, on various aspects of the contract that were important to them. KDL was subsequently awarded the design & build contract.
One of the key aims of KDL is that we always set out to establish good working relations with our commercial clients and partners. Our design & build method of construction allows for the building of trust and confidence between the parties involved. In this case, we believe that the relationship between KDL and Harrisons was excellent from the outset.
Commenced in April 2018 with a strict deadline of 28th September 2018. Construction started just 2 weeks after the building contract was awarded.
The key challenges of the project were established during the tender process and solutions to these challenges were arrived at before construction started, ensuring that there were no delays due to late design information on site.
We established excellent communications with Harrison & Harrison management and their workforce generally, allowing us to resolve any potential issues swiftly.
Using sub-contractors with the relevant experience and who have worked with us for many years ensured a smooth construction process resulting in practical completion on the 28th September and allowing the Client to be ready to take delivery of their new contract, working on York Minster’s Organ.
This was achieved without any disruption to the Client’s existing production line, even during the unseasonal inclement weather.
POST-CONSTRUCTION & EXTRA WORKS
Because the new extension and the construction works themselves would impact on parking spaces for the Client’s workforce, 6 new parking bays were installed at the front of the building before construction work began on the main contract.
During the construction process additional issues outside of the scope of the original design & build contact were discovered and KDL were instructed to resolve these issues, for example, the existing gutters required a complete clean out and the surface water drainage system had become blocked over the years – invaded by tree roots – and required unblocking and renewing.
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