Prince Bishops Homes Limited
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The works comprised of the internal remodeling and refurbishment of 3 separate apartment blocks comprising of 36 apartments along with all associated communal areas, elevation treatments and external works.
Prince Bishops Homes acquired the three former key worker accommodation blocks situated in the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. The purchase consisted of 35 flats spread across the three blocks and included a mixture of 2 bedroom family units and 2,3 and 4 bedroom shared accommodation. These blocks, whilst only constructed in 2000, were regarded as “tired” in their design and in regard to their internal layouts and their external appearance. The existing layout was altered to create two bedroom self contained flats with a small number being left as shared accommodation, to be used by stand-in doctors and other hospital staff who wish to stay close to the hospital on a short term basis.
Once the works were complete the properties were advertised on the open market, but with priority still given to hospital staff to ensure that there isn’t a gap in the provision of staff accommodation.
The units are numbered 43, 44 and 45. Units 43 and 44 are of a similar shape and size and are located to the West of the site, with unit 45 being situated to the east of the site. The buildings comprise of brick built external elevations with some timber cladding to bays and concrete tiled pitched roofs.
The refurbishment works were split into two phases. Phase 1 comprised of the internal refurbishment to block 45 which remained inhabited by the residents throughout the works. The residents were completing exams so all works were scheduled around their timetables to minimise disruption. Phase 1 also saw the commencement of internal remodeling to block 44 which had been vacated.
Phase 2 comprised of the completion of internal remodeling and refurbishment and associated external works to block 44. Upon completion of block 44, residents in blocks 45 and 43 were moved into the newly completed block so remodeling works could commence in block 45.
Block 45, which was used for family accommodation received decent homes upgrades and decoration internally. New windows were installed as well as upgrades to the entrance foyer. While the internal upgrades were undertaken in block 45, we were also able to commence internal remodeling works to block 44 upon vacation of residents as some of the accommodation was being converted into fully contained flats with en-suite bathrooms. Each block was also subject to the installation of a new fire alarm system.
Due to the apartment blocks being located within the grounds of the hospital, site parking and storage space was at a premium so we were allocated 6 spaces for parking and a lay down area for materials. We carefully managed the space made available and materials were delivered on a ‘Just in Time’ basis. We employed a suitable traffic management plan and had full co-operation with all sub-contractors to undertake “car-sharing” to reduce the number of cars on site and around the area.
Our Customer Care Manager and team undertook one to one meetings with all residents so that they were aware of the works which were being conducted. These meetings were held as and when necessary to ensure that each resident experienced a professional service.