Whitefield Estate – Decladding Works

  • Client: Barnet Homes
  • Services: Design Development & Coordination, Employers Agent & Project Management, Contract Administration & Clerk of Works, Structural & Façade Engineering, Cost Consultancy & Principal Designer and Planning Related Matters
Capital were commissioned by Barnet Homes to manage the delivery for a cladding removal scheme to the 3 blocks located on the Whitefield’s Estate near Brent Cross. The blocks at Whitefield’s are 11-storey (Ground + 10) tower blocks constructed in the 1960s and featuring cladding that was retrofitted in the mid-1990s.
Contract Value:
Circa £1.5m
Dates:
May 2021 – November 2021
Contracts:
JCT Design & Build Contract
Capital was appointed as the multi-disciplinary consultant to provide Structural Engineers, Cost Consultant, Architect, Contract Administrator, Principal Designer, with the support of our specialist Fire Engineer sub-consultant to deliver the scheme.

The method of procurement was under a JCT 2016 Design and Build Contract and based around a set of employer’s requirements. The project was procurement in  April 2021.

Capital developed and formulated the employer’s requirements and contract documents, coordinating with the appointed design and build contractor. Our in-house Employers agent/contract administration providing post contract consultancy services and agreeing quality control, sign off and handover procedures on site through the construction phase of works.

Services

  • 01
    Design Development & Coordination
  • 02
    Employers Agent & Project Management
  • 03
    Contract Administration & Clerk of Works
  • 04
    Structural & Façade Engineering
  • 05
    Cost Consultancy & Principal Designer
  • 06
    Planning Related Matters

The process of cladding removal was agreed with the contractor as part of the evaluation of the contractors proposals and developed following further  intrusive investigations and Capital’s in-house structural engineer  coordinated the most suitable of cladding removal which in turn was developed, in tandem, with third party fire engineers. The project was procured via a tender two stage Design and Build approach. The appointed contractor being engaged via a pre-construction services agreement to work closely with the design team to develop and agree the design solution and contract sum.

Planning Permission The works were carried under permitted development and subject to a certificate of lawful development application.

As the blocks are due to be demolished in the near term, stripping the cladding to remove the risk in the short term is preferred to cladding replacement costs. A Waking Watch and a temporary simultaneous evacuation strategy will be required until the cladding has been removed from all three of the blocks

Paul Hemmant Project Manager for Capital

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