Breyer Roofing were appointed by Southampton City Council to carry out the works to re-roof the blocks 1-62 and 63-124 Neptune Court, including the removal of all asbestos flues and closures.
The works consisted of the removal and disposal of all existing roof coverings back to the structural deck of the property. Following removal, a new IKO 3 layer built up felt waterproofing system was installed, which included the installation of all necessary vapour control and venting layers, and new 120mm rigid flatboard insulation to meet the current Building Regulation ‘U’ value requirements.
The project included all necessary alterations and adaptations to the existing fascias, soffits and rainwater goods, as well as the removal of all asbestos flues and closures, which had to be executed under controlled conditions to comply with the HSE requirements for the safe removal of asbestos products. Free standing guardrails were supplied and installed to enclose the lift shaft and plant area around the internal access hatch.
Following completion of the roofing works, Southampton City Council had appointed British Gas to supply and install new Solar PV panels on the roof, and as part of this work, Breyer Roofing installed an additional layer of sacrificial felt beneath the areas where the new supports were to be sited, to protect the new roof finishes.
The main challenge with the project was to ensure that the asbestos removal works were carried out in the correct sequence to prevent any delays occurring within the contract programme. There was also a requirement to maintain the integrity of the building during all works, as it is a residential block and all works had to completed whilst the building remained in full occupation. Therefore, ensuring that all areas were watertight had to be carefully managed by the site team.
Large lead saddles were installed at the felt and tile junctions. This resolved the issues with the water ingress and also meant that the felt sections would be covered with the 20 year guarantee.
Breyer Roofing were contracted to carry out all works within a set 12 week contract programme. This period had to include all necessary site set up and scaffold erection and striking, and delivery of over 2,000m2 of flat roofing replacement.
On completion of the roofing works, Southampton City Council took the opportunity to carry out additional works to supply and install new Solar PV panels, which, with the installation of the new 120mm thick rigid insulation, enabled them to create a more environmentally friendly, greener building through its refurbishment programme.
The key output on the project was the management of all works by Breyer Roofing, to ensure that the contract period was not exceeded and the contracted Practical Completion date was achieved.