North Star Housing Group
Brims Construction was appointed in May 2018 as main contractor for the refurbishment works at North Star Housing Group’s offices in Stockton on Tees. The site was a three-storey office building which was constructed in 2000. The building was of a frame construction with brick outer leaf and concrete floors. The site is surrounded by busy office buildings and industrial units and is near the river Tees.
The project focused on the reconfiguration of the interior layout and a design scheme to showcase the future face of North Star Housing. The scope of the works included the demolition and soft strip of existing openings, fixing of partitions and linings. New mechanical and electrical services were also installed and all decoration along with floor finishes were completed as part of the works.
Location: Endeavour House, St Mark's Ct, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6QN
Assignment: Builders clean, sparkle clean and external window cleaning.
After being carefully vetted by Brims, we were invited to tender for the builders clean, sparkle clean and external window cleaning of their 3-storey refurbishment project of North Star Housing Group’s offices in Stockton-on-Tees.
As works were still on-going, we proposed a 3-stage cleaning process to ensure that cleaning work progressed on schedule without disrupting the other contractors on site, this included a builders clean, sparkle clean and external window clean, using the reach & wash system.
A dedicated Project Manager was also on hand for regular meetings between Brims and Cklip to ensure that the standard of cleaning was to a high standard.
Analysis: Site Visit
As part of the tender process, we visited the site and provided Brims with a detailed cleaning proposal and pricing schedule for the works.
Planning: Site Survey
As the cleaning needed to be carried out whilst building contractors were on site, 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 2 weeks.
Implementation: Works Carried Out
Our proposal involved a builders clean, removing all debris & dust, including the removal of paint, plaster & glue, cleaning skirting boards, doors, frames, fixtures, light fittings, electrical sockets & switches, internal windows, including sills, frames and insulation materials.
Cleaning desks, shelving, cupboards and drawers. Tilework deep cleaned in all kitchen areas & washrooms. Toilets, cisterns, sinks & mirrors were cleaned and polished.
We were also required to remove the floor protection, so we could carry out vacuuming and mopping of all floors and stairs. The builders clean was programmed in for 1 week, with 3 operatives and 1 supervisor.
The sparkle clean and external window cleaning, using the reach & wash system, was scheduled to take place over one week with 3 cleaning operatives, 1 window cleaner and 1 supervisor.
Review: Hand Over
As building work was on-going during most of the contract, we took great care to ensure that all our staff undertook their activities professionally and followed relevant Health & Safety procedures. We also closely monitored the quality and performance of our operatives and the cleaning schedule.
The job took 2 weeks and a team of 6 cleaning operatives, 1 window cleaner and a dedicated supervisor was assigned to the project.
During the second week our Project Manager was on site to ensure that hand over went smoothly. Brims were able to sign the works off at the end of that week and commented on how they enjoyed a stress-free process.