Greenford High

The Brief

The school identified that the layout of the existing servery equipment within a relatively new dining hall was poor in its layout and no longer fit for purpose. Our brief was to liaise with a Design and Build Contractor and Client through the design process and then project manage the installation of new servery equipment and a general refurbishment of the dining hall within the school summer holiday period.

The Solution

Budget costs were agreed between the Design and Build contractor and the PFI funding team. Timing was critical as the funding had to be approved approximately 6 weeks prior to work starting due to the lead-in for the servery equipment. Once the funding had been approved, works started on time and were completed on budget and ahead of the agreed programme.

Project Details

Name

Greenford High

Department

Building Consultancy

Developer

MITIE Facilities Management

Portland HSE

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The Brief

To provide a full tender package, design, procurement and contract administration services throughout the project duration.

The works included a full CAT-A and CAT-B office refurbishment of 10,000 sq ft floor space, the alteration of existing mechanical and electrical equipment, and new lighting throughout.

Site Description:

A 29 – storey commercial office block located inBressenden PlaceinVictoria, central London.

The building was constructed circa 1963 and overlooks the rear ofBuckinghamPalace.

Task and Outcome:

  • Performed an initial site inspection to establish the extent of the works

  • Managed the mechanical and electrical sub-consultants

  • Liaised with the landlord’s agents and provided the necessary information to obtain the required licence to alter

  • Produced draft specification, which was issued to agreed list of contractors

  • Appointed a specialist contractor with proven experience to undertake the project

  • Undertook the contract administration role, dealing with contract variations, valuations, progress updates and contractual issues

  • Managed the required design reviews and variations

Project Details

Name

25th Floor Portland House, London, SW1E 5RS

Department

Building Consultancy

Client

HomeAway UK Ltd.

Gresse Street

Ground and Lower Ground 32 Gresse Street and 3rd Floor, 33 Gresse Street, London W1

The Brief

The existing tenant’s lease had recently expired on the demise and so the client appointed GIA to manage the complete refurbishment of the space prior to re-letting to a new tenant. The client confirmed that a proportion of the refurbishment costs would be recovered from the previous tenant through a dilapidations claim.

The Solution

GIA and WISH London worked together to produce a design and specification for the refurbishment works. This included the complete overhaul of the WC’s

Special Features

All works were carried out within a short high intensity programme and with a relatively modest budget using good quality and durable materials.

Project Details

Name

Gresse Street

Department

Building Consultancy

Developer

Knighton Estates

Architect

WISH London (Interior Designer)

Decent Homes Works

The Brief

The Decent Homes Standard was introduced by the Government to improve social housing throughout the country.  In response,  housing associations have had to undertake works to ensure that the properties they own meet these standards.

GIA was asked by Hastoe Housing Association to inspect its properties to identify where standards were falling short and to project manage the work required.

Site Description:

The properties were located across several sites in the south of the UK. The works involved kitchen and bathroom replacements, and rewiring of approximately 500 tenanted properties.

Task and Outcome:

  • Liaised with tenants and carried out initial inspections of the properties to identify failings against the Decent Homes standard and establish the extent of work required

  • Produced specifications for works required and accompanying schedules

  • Worked closely with mechanical and electrical engineers regarding heating and rewiring

  • Managed tenant relationships throughout the upgrade to their properties

  • Performed the contract administration role,  managing contract variations, valuations, progress updates and contractual issues

  • Communicated with the client on a regular basis regarding financial reports and budget adherence.

Project Details

Name

Decent Homes Works Project

Client

Hastoe Housing Association

Parsons Green Dep

The Brief

To provide a full tender package, including design, procurement and contract administration services throughout the project.  The works comprised of extensive roof repairs, external redecoration, hard standing repairs, replacement of all external lighting and replacement of all rainwater goods.

Site Description

The site is used as a depot and tenants needed to remain in occupation of the units throughout the duration of the works.  The site was constructed circa 1940’s and was known to contain corrugated asbestos sheeting.

Task and Outcome

  • Appointed a specialist contractor with proven experience to undertake the project

  • Safely managed the asbestos removal in compliance with Regulations and undertook a full refurbishment survey

  • Underttook the contract administration role, dealing with contract variations, valuations, progress updates and contractual issues

  • Undertook design reviews and variations as necessary

  • Liaised with the tenants to ensure minimal disruption, both to the project works and to their own working environment

  • Undertook the role of CDM-c, which involved the following: Issued the Pre-construction Information plan, reviewed the contractor’s Health and Safety plan, carried out routine inspections, ensured the client was fully informed of their duties and prepared the Health and Safety file

Project Details

Name

Parsons Green Dep

Department

Building Consultancy

Client

Transport For London

John Lewis

The Brief

To act as lead consultant and undertake a detailed schedule of condition on retail units across the UK, which were about to be acquired for new John Lewis Home stores.

Details of Sites

GIA was appointed to carry out schedules of condition at two existing DIY stores in Tunbridge Wells and Shrewsbury. The buildings were of steel portal frame construction and clad with insulated powder-coated metal cladding panels.

Task and Outcome

GIA’s team of surveyors carried out site inspections and subsequent schedules of condition against challenging deadlines set by the client.  This involved an out of hours inspection of the Tunbridge Wells site.

The remit included management of specialist mechanical and electrical sub-consultants as well as a team of surveyors who carried out a measured survey of the buildings, CCTV drainage surveys plus a topographical survey of the external elements of the sites.

Key deliverables included

  • To record and provide photographic evidence of the condition of all internal and external elements of the sites, including hard landscaped areas

  • To provide a quantified scope of works that identified the required remedial works and associated schedule of costs

Project Details

Name

John Lewis

Department

Building Consultancy

Client

John Lewis plc

US Embassy

The Brief

To act as lead consultant and undertake a detailed pre-acquisition survey of the prestigious US Embassy building in central London.

Site Description

The building is located on the west side of Grosvenor Square in central London; it was designed by modernist architect Eero Saarinen in 1957 and completed in 1960.  Nine storeys in height, the building is surrounded with level concrete pavers and various recently installed security measures.  It was granted Grade II listed status in 2009.

Task and Outcome

GIA was appointed as lead consultant of a team of surveyors, mechanical and electrical engineers, and structural engineers to carry out the pre-acquisition survey.  This included the appointment of specialist surveyors to undertake such tasks as concrete and asbestos testing.

GIA also liaised with the client’s solicitors to resolve the various legal and compliance issues that arose during the project.

Access to the building was particularly challenging due to the sensitive nature of the existing owner’s business.  Constant liaison was required with the US Embassy’s security team throughout the project.

Project Details

Name

US Embassy

Department

Building Consultancy

Client

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Qatari Diar Development Company (UK) Ltd.

Tower Heights

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The Brief

To provide a full tender package, design, procurement and contract administration service throughout the duration of the project.  The works comprised of extensive external concrete repairs, external redecoration and replacement of the existing flat roof covering.

Site Description

The building is a residential tower block constructed circa 1960’s, which consists of 63 flats located above a shopping centre.

Task and Outcome

  • Carried out an initial site inspection to establish the extent of works required

  • Appointed a specialist surveying company to undertake a detailed external concrete survey

  • Drafted the specification and issued to an agreed list of contractors

  • Appointed a specialist contractor with proven experience to undertake the project

  • Undertook the contract administration role, dealing with contract variations, valuations, progress updates and contractual issues

  • Undertook design reviews and variations as required

  • Undertook the role of CDM-C

  • Managed the expectations of both client and freeholder regarding the completion date and impending major works to the shopping centre below

Project Details

  • Name
  • Tower Heights, Hoddesdon – External Refurbishment and Decorations
  • Department
  • Building Consultancy

Featherstone

The Brief

To provide a full tender package, design, procurement and project management services throughout the duration of the project. The works comprised of a replacement of the fire damaged roof and a replacement of water and fire damaged mechanical and electrical services, floor finishings, furniture and redecorations.

Site Description:

The site is a large PFI primary school. Half of the site was seriously damaged by fire and closed for the duration of the works. The remaining half continued to operate, bringing challenges for the on site team, including issues such as noise levels, access restrictions, site cleanliness and extreme regard to safety in the presence of young children.

Task and Outcome:

  • The key objective was to achieve a fully operational school in the shortest feasible time
  • Initial focus was on getting the school completely watertight
  • Validated the condition of the fire damaged structure, fabric and building services, before producing and tendering for various packages of work
  • Undertook a contract administration role, dealing with contract variations, valuations, progress updates and contractual issues
  • Liaised closely with the school and involved the teaching staff and students in the rehabilitation of their  school
  • Liaised with the PFI funders on behalf of MITIE on all matters

Project Details

Name

Featherstone Primary School – Fire Damage Reinstatement

Department

Building Consultancy

Developer

MITIE PFI Ltd

Times Square

The Brief

To provide a full tender package, design, procurement and contract administration services throughout the duration of the project.  The works comprised of a full CAT-A refurbishment of the floor including mechanical and electrical equipment and new lighting (designed by GIA’s sister company, GIA Equation)

Site Description

The building is an 8-storey commercial office block, constructed circa 2000 and located on160 Queen Victoria Street.

Task and Outcome

  • Performed an initial site inspection to establish the extent of the works

  • Managed mechanical, electrical and lighting design sub-consultants

  • Drafted specification, which was issued to the agreed list of contractors

  • Appointed a specialist contractor with proven experience to undertake the project

  • Undertook the contract administration role dealing with contract variations, valuations, progress updates and contractual issues

  • Undertook required design reviews and variations

Project Details

Name

Times Square

Department

Building Consultancy

Client

Land Securities PLC

Reading Surveys

The Brief

To undertake internal and external building surveys at 70 properties in Reading.  Surveys were carried out to ensure that no damage occurred to the properties prior to the commencement of external drilling works, which were needed to determine the location of redundant Victorian chalk mines.  An additional survey was necessary to identify whether any damage had occurred to the property during drilling and, if so, to instruct necessary works to achieve a satisfactory reinstatement.

Site Description

The site is in a predominantly residential area with a variety of new build and Victorian terraced houses and flats, some of which are listed.

Task and Outcome

  • Liaised with the tenant and managed the relationship regarding the works to be undertaken

  • Undertook a full condition survey prior to commencement of the drilling work and liaised with the tenant to ensure their acceptance of the survey findings

  • Following completion of the works a further survey was undertaken to ensure that the drilling works had not affected the condition of the property

  • Necessary repairs and access reinstatement works were identified and the project followed through to ensure these were undertaken to a satisfactory standard

 

Project Details

Name

Reading Surveys

Department

Building Consultancy

Client

Transport For London

Kingsley Primary School

The Brief

To provide a full cost consultancy service from RIBA Stage B through to completion via the Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise (iESE) Framework.

Site Description

The project involved refurbishment and remodelling of the existing building with some new build to provide year group hubs and shared internal and external facilities.  The school remained operational during the construction works and the project was carried out under a phased programme.

Task and Outcome

  • Negotiated the contract sum with the preferred iESE contractor

  • Produced contract documents

  • Provided post contract advice to the client on dealing with contract variations, valuations, cash flows, monthly cost reports and contractual issues

Project Details

Name

Redevelopment and expansion of Kingsley Primary School

Department

Building Consultancy

Developer

London Borough of Croydon

Ministry of Justice

The Brief

To provide an integrated asset management system incorporating Forward Maintenance Plan and Asset Registers of all building fabric and services installation assets, for all MoJ sites in the Southern region.

The system to be fully compatible and integrated into MITIE’s own CAFM system (Maximo).

Details of Property Portfolio:

The MoJ has a diverse property portfolio which has a wide spectrum of maintenance obligations/requirements which correlates with the judicial/strategic/operational importance of the site. Buildings ranged from high profile listed types such as the Royal Courts of Justice (Grade I listed); to smaller regional magistrates buildings of a more recent era in terms of construction.

Details of GIA task:

Using an ‘all in one’ asset management system, GIA provided a large team of building surveyors (10 No) and M&E engineers (10 No) to survey the MoJ Southern Region with the intent to collect all asset data for the population of a comprehensive Asset Register (to drive PPM works); and condition data for the population of an integrated FMP and detailed condition survey reports for each site.

With the MoJ Southern Region having over 200 sites, GIA had a 5 month window to complete this task to ensure MITIE met it’s KPI’s with the MoJ in terms of driving planned maintenance on the Estate.

 

Project Details

Name

Ministry of Justice – Asset Register & Condition Survey

Department

Building Consultancy

Developer

Ministry of Justice

Moorgate Hall

The Brief

Set within an imposing building in Moorgate in the City of London, the brief was to bring the main reception of Moorgate Hall up to date.

It was a reception to pass through rather than be seen in with expensive unnecessary features to maintain such as large planters. Together with our sister company WISH London we worked closely with the client to ensure we kept to the tight budget.

All works had to be carried out at weekends in order to minimise disruption to the tenants and visitors.

The Solution

Existing Carrera marble to the floors and walls was cleaned and formed the back drop on which to base the interior scheme of warm taupes and greens. The large cumbersome planters we removed, and replaced with inviting seating areas. WISH London procured the full FF&E including bespoke pieces of artwork. There were existing decorative panels that were retained and simply painted in a feature colour, to keep costs and long term maintenance down. New lighting was installed throughout, which immediately lifted what was a dark interior.

We managed the works on site, which had to be carefully programmed around the building tenants and visitors to minimise disruption, coordinating the works with the FF&E installation.

 

Project Details

Name

Moorgate Hall

Department

Building Consultancy

Developer

Land Securities

Architect

WISH London (Interior Designer)

Victor Court, Hornchurch

The Brief

The government introduced the Decent Homes Standard to improve social housing throughout the country, as such housing associations have had to undertake works to ensure their properties meet these standards.

GIA were asked by Hastoe Housing Association to undertake external improvement works to Victor Court, a 1960′s residential tower block to ensure that it met the government standards

The Solution

GIA project managed the installation of UPVC double glazed windows and doors and cavity wall insulation to the residential block to provide a better standard of thermal efficiency. The works also included full external decorations to the property.

The project was completed to a tight timescale to ensure works were completed by the end of the financial year and to meet the client’s budget requirements.

Special Features

GIA indentified several additional items of repair required to the property that need to be addressed whilst the scaffold access was in place. GIA ensured these additional works were specified, cost negotiated and undertaken without a detrimental impact on the works programme.

 

Project Details

Name

Victor Court, Hornchurch

Department

Building Consultancy

Developer

Hastoe Housing Association

Telstra – UPS upgrades

The Brief

To provide CDM services for a project to remove and replace 12 Uninterruptable Power Supplies in an 8-storey data centre.

Site Description:

The site is used as a data centre and located at Greenwich Viewpoint, Docklands.  The building was constructed circa 1980’s and abuts the water front.  Partially occupied, it houses large amounts of plant and IT equipment for TFL.

Task and Outcome:

  • Appointed a specialist contractor with proven experience to undertake the projec
  • Issued a F10 notification to the Health & Safety Executive
  • Reviewed the design to ensure that risk elimination or reduction took place where possible
  • Issued the Pre-construction Information plan
  • Reviewed the contractors Health and Safety plan
  • Carried out routine inspections during the work
  • Ensured that the client was fully informed of their obligations
  • Prepared and issued the Health and Safety file

Project Details

Name

Telstra

Department

Building Consultancy

Client

Transport For London

19 Hyde Park Gardens

The Brief

To provide a full cost consultancy and project management service.

Site Description:

The project involved refurbishment and remodelling of the existing apartment to provide a more contemporary and open space

Task and Outcome:

  • Managed the design team
  • Established the budget
  • Liaised with the building managers
  • Negotiated the contract sum with the preferred contractor
  • Produced contract documents
  • Provided post contract advice to the client regarding contract variations, valuations, cash flows, monthly cost reports and contractual issues

Project Details

Name

19 Hyde Park Gardens

Department

Building Consultancy

Client

Private

Decent Homes Works

The Brief

The government introduced the Decent Homes Standard to improve social housing throughout the country, as such housing associations have had to undertake works to ensure their properties meet these standards.

GIA were asked by Hastoe Housing Association to inspect their properties to indentify where these standard were not met and to project manage the work required.

The Solution

GIA were asked to inspect the clients properties across several sites in the South of England and schedule the required works. The works involved replacing kitchens, bathrooms and rewiring approximately 175 tenanted properties.

There was close liaison with the client’s local staff, contractors and tenant to ensure a smooth project process.

Special Features

The completion date for the works was key to ensure that the clients housing stock reached the government standards by the required date. GIA worked hard to ensure the works followed a strict programme and ensured this date was met.

In addition, GIA recorded the condition and life expectancy of elements that were to remain in order to update the clients database.

Project Details

Name

Decent Homes Works

Department

Building Consultancy

Developer

Hastoe Housing Association

10 King William Street

The Brief

A refurbishment had recently been undertaken of the Client’s offices by a Design and Build Contractor. Due to time constraints and other mitigating factors the Client was unhappy with certain aspects of the refurbishment and required alteration works to be undertaken. AND Architects were appointed by the Client in order to provide a design solution for a feature wall in the main reception, internal reconfigurations, new lighting throughout and alterations to ceilings and floor finishes in the main office areas. The Client also required an existing roof top terrace to be enhanced to provide an entertainment space for staff and their Clients.

The Solution

GIA were appointed to undertake the project management of the works, which included providing advice relating to the procurement of the project, issuing tender documents to a pre-selected group of Contractors and recommending a Contractor to undertake the works. GIA worked closely in association with the project architects, the Contractor and the Client throughout the project achieve a high quality finish that matched the Client’s aspirations.

Special Features

All works were carried out within a short high intensity programme and outside of normal working hours whilst the office was in full occupation, which resulted in challenges in terms of providing the necessary information to the Contractor within a short time and issues relating to the securing of specific high-end materials on long lead-in periods.

Project Details

Name

10 King William Street

Department

Building Consultancy

Developer

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Architect

AND Architects