• Client:
    YMCA North Shields
  • Location:
    North Shields
  • Contract Value:
    £933,432

YMCA Internal Modernisation

Internal conversion works were completed to the existing YMCA building at North Shields. 15 single person rented flats were created for vulnerable persons over 4 storeys.

The works were carried out to provide homeless young people, aged between 17 and 24 with a place to live for up to two years. Each flat has a separate bedroom, living room/kitchen and bathroom. They are equipped with a TV, fridge, freezer, microwave and oven.

The site is located at the junction of the Church Way and West Percy Street. It comprises a multi use building which provides basement, ground, first, second and third floor accommodation. The uses range from office accommodation, gym facilities and meeting areas. The site is located within a congested area close to the centre of North Shields.

The existing structure comprises of a structural steel frame with external brickwork walls with a combination of aluminium framed double glazed window units to the front of the property and foil wrapped UPVC framed double glazed units to the rear of the property. The property is surmounted by a flat roof with a single ply membrane roof covering.

The internal works were completed to the southern part of the existing North Tyneside YMCA premises including the reconfiguration of the existing multi use activity and office space to provide new supported accommodation comprising 15 one bedroom flats. The works specifically comprised of the stripping out of existing walls, partitions, doors, ceiling and floor coverings, plumbing, heating installations, sanitary ware and the isolation of services to facilitate the works.

Upon completion of the stripping out of the building we began the reconfiguration works. These included the formation of new walls and partitions to provide the new layout, upgrading of insulation, installation of internal doors, wall, floor and ceiling finishes, kitchen and sanitary installations and associated disposal installations, reconfiguration of water installations, replacement of the heating system and electrical installation. The works also included the installation of a new passenger lift and new staircase, new fire alarm and detection systems and access control system and provision of signage throughout. External works included the formation of a new bin store to rear external yard.

Challenges Overcome

Due to the city centre location deliveries were scheduled to avoid sensitive times and in consultation with the client. This was done in order to minimise disruption during busy periods. The location also impacted the external space available for site accommodation and welfare provision. YMCA agreed for us to use an area within the building for our site accommodation and the use welfare facilities. This minimised the area needed externally which was for materials and equipment storage only.  Deliveries were planned using a ‘Just In Time’ approach to reduce congestion and also because there was limited site storage. Internally solid hoarding was also used to define our working areas from the operational areas. The added benefit of using solid hoarding internally is the reduction in noise and dust to non working areas and a reduction in disruption to building users. All working areas were also locked down at the end of every shift.

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