Bermar Building | Skipton Town Hall

Skipton Town Hall

Public Sector | Listed Buildings

Public Sector

Client: Craven District Council
Project Value: £3,080,000

Project Details

This historic building was constructed in 1862 and is Grade II listed. It is located in the centre of Skipton and houses the administration offices for the town and the Craven Museum.

Planning of the project required careful consideration to minimise disturbance to the Town Hall’s occupants and to maintain public safety in a busy town centre.

Restoration, alteration and extension of the Grade II listed Town Hall provided a multi-function main hall, museum and support facilities, offices, education room, changing rooms and offered stair and lift vertical circulation over two main floor levels, ground to first floor.

Refurbishment and alterations work also included the restoration of the fabric of the building, internal and external alterations. With a new build two-storey extension to the east and new services installations.

A separate contractor undertook the museum fit-out and we as the Main Contractor liaised closely with them throughout the project.

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Bermar Building | Leeds Town Hall re-roofing

Leeds Town Hall

Public Sector | Listed Buildings

Public Sector

Client: Leeds City Council
Project Value: £4,150,000

Project Details

The works consisted of replacing and upgrading Leeds Town Hall roof, as well as removing, repairing, restoring, and reinstating many parts from the existing roof.

The scope of works involved careful removal of all the existing slates from the roofs, setting aside all undamaged and sound slates for reuse. Reinstalling set aside slates and new slates on freshly treated timber slate battens, breathable membrane, and breathable insulation.

The existing single-glazed roofs were carefully removed and new slate grey powder-coated aluminium framed double-glazed roofs were installed. The cast iron roof lights were also carefully removed, sympathetically repaired, and restored and upgraded to take heritage-style double glazing. All lead work was renewed.

The existing cast iron guttering, downpipes and all associated brackets were removed, repaired, restored and reinstated in their original location. The flat roofs were stripped and recovered incorporating thicker insulation to meet current building regulations. Existing metal walkways were removed, cleaned, repaired and reinstated in their original position.

New walkways were installed to allow safe access to the access hatches in the windows of Victoria Hall, and new guardrails were installed across windows where the existing walkways passed them. The rotten timber gantry platform was replaced with a new galvanised gantry platform to match the existing walkway system. Specialised cleaning of the bird guano and replacement of the bird control netting to the clock tower and ventilation stacks.

Repair, restoration and refurbishment of the windows to the Victoria Hall. Works included redecoration, glazing repairs, new access hatches and the installation of secondary glazing to improve the acoustic insulation of the hall.

Removal of organic growth from the internal side of the parapet wall and any high-level areas where accessible from the scaffolding. This included patch repairs to the pointing in a suitable lime mortar. Careful removal of redundant corroded metal fixings from the stone, where accessible from the scaffolding. Upgrading the existing lightning protection system to the whole building.

Installation of new electric chandelier winches and repair and restoration of the chandeliers within the Victoria Hall. Installation of new rigging points within the roof void of Victoria Hall, works included structural strengthening works to the roof structure.

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Bermar Building | Leeds Art Gallery and Library

Leeds Art Gallery and Library

Public Sector | Listed Buildings

Public Sector

Client: Leeds City Council
Project Value: £2,460,000

Project Details

Leeds Art Gallery is home to one of the best collections of 20th Century British art outside London.

It showcases a wealth of paintings, sculptures, works on paper and new media by well-known artists.

Bermar was proud to work on this Grade II listed building owned and administered by Leeds City Council. The works involved a phased roof replacement programme together with safe access, rainwater goods and replacement, upgrade and alteration of the existing roof services.

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Bermar | Low Cross Court

Low Cross Court

Housing

Public Sector

Client: Wakefield and District Housing
Project Value: £675,000

Project Details

These works took place at Low Cross Court, mid-rise flats, to ensure that they are conforming to the regulations set out in the Security Fire Safety Pilot Scheme.

This meant we carried out fire stopping and fire protection remedial works.

The building is a 9-storey purpose-built block of residential flats, located in a residential area. The works consisted of the provision of fire safety and security equipment to Low Cross Court, including the following: a CCTV System, Door Entry System, Automatic Fire Detection System, Sprinkler System and Management Systems for all the above.

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Bermar | Ivy Bank Court

Ivy Bank Court, Baildon

Housing

Public Sector

Client: Ivy Bank Court
Project Value: £410,000

Project Details

The scope of works included the refurbishment of communal areas within Ivy Bank Court to ensure high quality, comfortable and safe living accommodation for elderly occupants is provided.

The general scope of works was to include a new fire alarm, new monitored detection to all flats, a new lighting scheme throughout, rewiring of the common areas, passive fire protection works including new fire rated flat entrance door sets, new cross corridor and stairwell doors, dry lining and skim to walls, new suspended ceilings and new carpet tiles.

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Bermar Building | Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation

BITMO

Public Sector

Public Sector

Client: Leeds City Council
Project Value:  £260,000

Project Details

The works consisted of taking down the upper part of the gable wall, isolating the existing wall ties and replacing them with new wall ties, structural works and the rebuilding of existing gable ends on various residential properties.

The wall tie system was remedied using Easyfix SS304 stainless steel ties driven into timber stud. The helical tie was driven in below the outer face of the external brickwork and sealed with epoxy grout and final colour matched mortar.

Staff liaised closely with the residents, as they continued to reside in their homes during the works.

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Bermar | Thackray Museum of Medicine

Thackray Museum of Medicine

Public Sector | Listed Buildings

Public Sector

Client: Thackray Museum of Medicine
Project Value: £1,750,000

Project Details

The works involved the stripping-out of the existing galleries, café and main entrance.

The formation of a new lift shaft and central staircase. All new mechanical, electrical and finishes including acoustic ceilings ready for the fit-out contractor to install the Museum’s exhibits in 4 separate Galleries

To ensure that the building could still be used by employees we kept our works separate from the live areas by erecting a full-height temporary partition complete with doors and dust seals. We also highlighted the most disruptive elements and agreed to do these out of hours and at weekends when the Museum was quieter. We also maintained a full emergency fire route through the middle of the site.

The mechanical and electrical services included emergency and IT functionality which was maintained throughout the construction phase. Work had to be planned and a new system put into place next to the existing, Change over from new to old were planned out of hours and at weekends to ensure the museum staff could continue to use the building

The new lift shaft and new main staircase were constructed through the middle of the original Victorian structure and elements of historical importance had to be maintained for conservation purposes in this listed building. Together with specialist temporary works companies, we designed a propping system that used the existing structural walls to carry the propping loads. This avoided the need for strengthening any floors or building temporary foundations in the basement. Having to keep the existing features in place meant that the access to the site area was extremely tight and it was impossible to lift in the required Steel. With our Steel fabricator and an engineer, we redesigned the original steel into smaller sections that could be manhandled. We also reprogrammed the construction sequence to allow certain sections of steel to be used in the propping of the structure

The works had to be carefully programmed to allow the galleries to be phased and handed back to the museum’s fit-out contractor. We had to share the site with the Fit-out Team for many months and a close working relationship was vital. We had weekly meetings with their team. Inducted all their staff onto our site for health and safety reasons and managed all of the interfaces. This was particularly important for the services. We kept control of all the systems to ensure there was a single point of control because of this the Museum was able to save months on the overall programme and open in time for the busy school holiday period.

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Bermar Building | Kirkgate Market

Kirkgate Market

Listed Buildings

Public Sector

Client: Leeds City Council

Project Details

Conservation works for Leeds City Council.

The works comprised of the internal and external refurbishment of the original Victorian Market Hall including full structural repairs, mechanical and electrical alteration works, re-roofing and recreation of the old market stall shop fronts.

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Bermar Building | Low Fold Family Centre

Low Fold Family Centre

Public Sector

Public Sector

Client: Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Project Value:  £850,000

Project Details

This project involved the alterations and refurbishment of existing internal and external teaching spaces to form a new alternate education provision.

With a limited budget, the existing M&E systems had to be adapted and reused where possible. In order to achieve this we held a design workshop prior to starting work on-site with the Design Team and collaboratively developed a solution.

We carried out surveys and identified plant, equipment and fittings that could be reused. The scheme was designed around the existing and new plant introduced where required. We managed to retain most of the ventilation equipment, radiators, much of the fire alarm and some light fittings.

Working collaboratively from the start we delivered this important project to the required standard and on budget and in line with a tight programme.

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