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Abbeystead Hall

R. G. Parkins & Partners Ltd were appointed to act as CDM Co-ordinator for remediation works on a number of tall stone chimney stacks. The stacks were showing signs of movement identified in a structural report also carried out by R. G. Parkins & Partners Ltd.

The building is a Grade 2 listed structure and part of the Grosvenor Estates, owned by the 6th Duke of Westminster. It was built in the late 19th Century. The main house is constructed of sandstone with slate roofs and is surrounded by courtyards and gardens. Security on the estate and surrounds is high.

The works included carefully taking down sections of stone chimney and stacking it onto the load bearing scaffolding until re-building could occur. As a consequence, the scaffolding had to be load bearing, designed by project Engineers.

The project had many restrictions affecting the extents of scaffolding and the actual sequence of the works. Interaction with the estate staff was to be considered in all health and safety documents since the building is in regular public use throughout the year.

Primary CDM issues addressed were:
  • Production of Pre-Construction Health and Safety Information Pack
  • Competence checking of all Designers and Principal Contractor
  • Explaining duties to Client’s staff on site and maintaining communication
  • Ensuring the Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan was acceptable and Risk Assessments and Method Statements were submitted and implemented
  • Ensuring temporary works design (scaffolding) was in place to ensure the project could be undertaken safely
  • Works were phased to ensure that the proper functioning of the household was not disrupted unduly.

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