The existing Grade II* listed building has been the home to The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME) since 1852 and houses a collection of over 30,000 volumes of books and tens of thousands of research papers and over 40,000 plans of seam maps, colliery plans, estate maps and geological surveys covering the period from 1750.
Spaces within the building include its Victorian Library, the Edwardian Lecture Theatre and the Arbitration Room, where mine owners and workers would meet to settle disputes over working conditions.
Within the confines of the listed building status of Wood Memorial Hall and Neville Hall, Brims undertook a major restoration of the exterior and interior spaces including the stairwell and provision of new mechanical & electrical services, servicing areas, vertical and horizontal access throughout the building.
Further works included structural remedial works, new kitchen and bar facilities as well as the formation of a new accessible entrance way. External works included the restoration of stonework, doors and windows. As well as works to the decorative finials, chimneys and repair of the slated and glazed roofs.
Location: Neville Hall, Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE
Assignment: Builders clean, sparkle clean, high-level internal roof cleaning & external window cleaning.
We were required to carry out a builders & sparkle clean of the entire building, high-level internal roof cleaning, using scaffolding provided by Brims and external window cleaning, using the reach & wash system, ready for hand over.
Foreseen changes would occur daily, so flexibility in approach, as well as organisation of the cleaning team was paramount. Working alongside other trades was necessary to get the job done, though we did stand firm on our own program, to deliver the cleaning on schedule.
Management was on site daily, liaising with the client, organising itinerary’s and forwarding suggestions for best working practice to ensure completion of the works.
Analysis: Site Visit
Our project manager visited Neville Hall and met with the site manager to carry out a comprehensive survey.
Planning: Site Survey
As the cleaning needed to be carried out whilst building contractors were on site and due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we needed to undertake strict risk assessments & method statements to ensure Health & Safety for all operatives. CSCS cards, CHAS, Safecontractor, & Constructionline Gold certification was provided and it was agreed that works were to be completed in four weeks.
Implementation: Works Carried Out
Cleaning is essential to remove dust and dirt from historic heritage surfaces to prevent damage. It is primarily a dry process, involving dusting with microfibre cloths, mops and light vacuuming. The builders clean was programmed in for three weeks, with 4 operatives and 1 supervisor. Brims consulted us when areas were ready for cleaning.
Each week was scheduled accordingly and included vacuuming and mopping of floors and stairs, including the removal of paint, plaster & glue, cleaning skirting boards, doors, frames, fixtures, light fittings, electrical sockets & switches, windows, including sills, frames and insulation materials, shelving, cupboards & drawers, tilework deep cleaned of grout & plaster in all areas of kitchen, bar area & toilets, cisterns, sinks & mirrors cleaned and polished, appliance & equipment exteriors and all visible & accessible surfaces cleaned and polished.
To guarantee continuity and service delivery, the sparkle clean and external window cleaning, using the reach & wash system, was scheduled to take place over one week with 3 operatives and 1 supervisor. Our onsite supervisor was always present to co-ordinate works and monitor the standard of cleaning and the team completed the agreed cleaning services within the 4-week time scale.
Review: Hand Over
As building work was still ongoing, we took great care to ensure that our cleaning operatives undertook their activities professionally and in line with all Health & Safety procedures and our skilled team had the experience, expertise and specialist equipment to ensure the newly refurbished premises were spotless and ready for the workers to enjoy their new surroundings.
Site operations during the Covid-19 pandemic were managed safely and in line with all government regulations. The site team efficiently managed changes in work practise, government regulations and public health measures. As a result of this and the re-sequence of the programme, Brims was able to minimise any effect of the pandemic on the timely completion of the project.
We managed to fulfil our promise to deliver the highest standard of cleaning and had the capacity and flexibility to accommodate Brims exacting requirements. They were very satisfied with the end results, we not only met, but exceeded their expectations.