Brogan Group are proud to be a silver award winner at this years BAM London Health, Safety & Environmental Awards.
The reward recognises the work supporting BAMs redevelopment and extension of Central House, Whitechapel, London, a well-known London Landmark formerly home to the Cass School of Art and Architecture for London Metropolitan University. BAM Construction Manager Rob Biddle commented:
“Brogan have maintained a high level of H&S performance throughout their time at Central House. Their work is always extremely well supervised, and they always adopt a collaborative approach with other trades when undertaking their own works. Recognition must go to their design team who go over and above when factoring site risk into their works – from both a buildability and logistical point of view.”
Set over a floor area of 22,579m2, the refurbishment of Central House has involved the entire demolishment of the interior of the six-storey building while retaining the protected 1960s modernist façade supported by a new steel frame added around this façade shell.
For the second phase of the project new piling has commenced to provide the stability for a further six-storey steel-structured extension on top. Find out more about this second stage.
There were very significant structural risks associated with the scheme and BAM conducted over 50 additional intrusive surveys to get to know the building fabric as well as possible.
Brogan Group provided Demolition & Safety Scaffold for the first phase of the project, with scaffolding and a hoist run-off utilised on the interior of the modernist façade.
For phase two in the creation of the six-storey extension, Brogan powered access solutions will be used to bring up supplies to the 12-storey total height.
A particular challenge for the Brogan Design team was integrating a Hoist system, as access was limited on the ground floor. A raised gantry system was designed to be used on the first-floor building exterior, supporting the weight of the Hoist and allowing access by workers on the ground floor under the scaffolded gantry. A special side hoist allows goods to be raised to the gantry level and then safely manoeuvred into the Brogan Hoist.
Understandably due to the exterior position, its position as the main egress point, and the weight considerations of the hoist above, health & safety was paramount, a fact that BAM recognised at their recent London Health, Safety & Environmental Awards. BAM were impressed with how Brogan Group performed on this project, designing a particularly unique solution for both parties.
The Central House project will continue through 2021 with an expected completion date of autumn 2022. The scheme is targeting Well Gold in addition to a BREEAM Excellent rating.