Albion Towers

Salix Homes

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Project overview

Working in collaboration with Salix Homes works included the full external refurbishment to an occupied 17-storey residential tower block includes insulated render, ground source heat pump system, new roofing installation, windows, flat entrance doors to each property, communal area refurbishment and external works. We worked directly with the client to understand their requirements and, working with designers produced full contractor’s proposals based on the client’s budget and product quality.

As part of our scope of works, Casey were required to undertake fire improvement works to Albion Towers at the client’s request. Works include a new fire alarm, sprinkler system, new flat entrance doors and communal upgrades. The external facades were given a distinctive blue and green makeover using K System’ Mineral Wool EWI System and finished using Silkolitt, a silicone coloured render completed with VBriQ+ brick slips at ground floor level.

Ground source heat pump

The ground source heating design is the first of its kind to be installed in the UK. Understanding the system and incorporating this into the project was an educational experience. The main lessons learnt were from the bore field drilling and heat exchanger programme. Following ground surveys and site investigation studies geological conditions were undertaken. We allowed for a 12-week drilling programme, however following the discovery of asbestos and unanticipated clay soils in areas of the field, we were forced to employ our contingency drilling plans and therefore required a longer duration to complete the programme.

Fire stopping data

Firestopping documentation can be very complex and time consuming given the quantity of documentation involved including technical data, approval documents, designs and photos of installations. To improve efficiency and productivity when recording all fire stopping works, Casey have invested in training operatives to use a customised firestop documentation manager. The management tool is used to automatically identify, select and place the correct firestop solutions into the design, enabling Salix Homes design team to develop a specification in partnership with Casey. All improvement works are documented during the refurbishment project and recorded in one place with photos uploaded directly from mobile phones via an app. The documentation manager creates detailed inspection reports and can be accessed at any time by Casey and Salix in real time. Upon project completion the reports and documents are passed over to Salix to form part of the health and safety file, with full and direct access to all information on the firestopping works carried out. 

Build Salford

Build Salford is an initiative which seeks to support 16-24-year olds in getting a career in the construction industry. Casey are a key supporter and contributor to this scheme and have utilised individuals throughout the Albion Towers contract providing training opportunities to 8no young people within different areas including scaffolding, rendering and plumbing.

An example of our Build Salford success is Mason Soar. He is a 16-year-old apprentice whom we have recruited and is learning to carry out external wall insulation works.

As part of our student work experience, Casey organised a community regeneration project for them to work on. The work at St Paul’s Church, Broadwalk, Salford involved providing decoration, facelift to hallway and toilet facilities, repairs and removal of redundant plumbing. This project involved the whole class, with paint and floor protection being provided by Casey as part of the Salix Homes social value programme.

Our Contracts Manager, Brian Knowles, has also attended Pendleton College to support candidates who have previously failed their CSCS test. At the end of the course students will re-take their test. He has also attended a mentor programme at Bellshill School (Aspire to Inspire), where he has been paired with students interested in a career in construction. He will visit pupils each month and work with them to improve their skills, carrying out mock interviews and CV writing.

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