Subtilis Consulting were privileged to have been selected and appointed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to provide them with surveying and engineering services in respect of a major flood claim.
Significant flooding occurred to the basement of the Grade II listed head office of the ICE located in central Westminster in London just a short distance from the Houses of Parliament. The flooding affected fifty-four rooms within the basement which had a mixture of uses including presentation and conference rooms, storage and plant rooms. We were appointed by the ICE to act on their behalf in progressing the following insurance related works;
- Initial appraisal and report on the extent of flood damage
- Liaison with the restoration company to agree the extent of stripping out works
- Preparation of a full schedule of works and specification under a JCT contract
- Chairing pre-contract and subsequent meetings with all stakeholders
- Undertaking interim inspections of the works and agreeing variations
- Certifying interim and final payments
The stakeholders involved with the project were numerous and included the following;
- ICE building and finance representatives
- Loss Adjusters acting on behalf of the ICE, building insurers and representatives
- Main contractor and sub-contractors (including specialist asbestos and drying companies)
- Programme managers appointed by the ICE
We were also appointed by the ICE directly to incorporate additional refurbishment works running in parallel with the insurance related works. We were required to prepare and maintain a comprehensive and detailed spreadsheet of building costs clearly outlining apportionment of costs and to provide opinion where the works overlapped. An efficient and seamless logistical approach was maintained throughout the works to minimise disruption to the other occupied areas of the building.
Subtilis Consulting also acted as the Principal Designer under the Construction, Design (Management) regulations in respect of the insurance repair works, refurbishment works and the asbestos inspection and removal works. We liaised with all contractors, designers and other appointees to ensure that these met health and safety legislation and requirements. By fostering a strong culture of health and safety at the outset, the project was completed with zero reportable accidents or incidents. A health and safety file was issued to the ICE on completion of the works.
The proposed programme for the works was challenging and the completion date was fixed at the outset to allow for the conference rooms to be marketed and re-occupied following completion. This required careful planning and programming of the works and consideration of acceleration of certain elements of the works.
Client : Institution of Civil Engineers
Works : Flood damage refurbishment works
Value of works : £ 650,000
Duration : 6 months