Krol Corlett construction was incorporated by Dave Corlett and Simon Krol in 2006 to expand on the businesses long standing reputation. The current company operates across the North West and North Wales, and has extensive experiences in delivering construction projects on time and within budget for a variety of client and sectors. Social value is at the heart of the company ethos and they state that before, during and after the delivery any construction projects consideration is given to all factors to offer continuous support to local communities. The businesses core management team has experience in the delivery of both low and medium value construction and specialise in completing projects of values typically ranging from £50,000 – £5,000,000. Featured are two case studies of the firm’s involvement with refurbishing Liverpool landmarks.
CASE STUDY: Walker Art Gallery
PROJECT : Located on William Brown Street, Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery is home to beautiful paintings, sculptures and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day. For 130 years it has housed Liverpool’s most outstanding art collection. Krol Corlett Construction Limited were tasked with the refurbishment four of its galleries within a 14 week period. The project required internal and external refurbishments, where internal works included new plastering, opening of the old, covered ceilings to three galleries, new M/E throughout, and refurbishment of the floor coverings. Externally, the works included new roofs to all four galleries.
SCOPE OF WORK : Krol Corlett took on an extensive amount of work to refurbish the four galleries. Works on this project included new roofing to all four galleries, new guttering, painting, leadwork, new internal gantry at a high level, new decorative frieze plastering works, extensive plaster repairs, plastering of new walls and refurbishment of the existing timber floors, and extensive M/E works. Challenges: Working within a live building with some irreplaceable objects being located within metres of the main working areas, having the building being open to public whilst the works where on going, keeping the roofing works watertight throughout the project. Working at high level to access the roofing works and working closely with the client, architect, and many other parties to ensure the project was completed in safe and timely manner.
CASE STUDY: Hermitage and Cloister
PROJECT : Based in south Liverpool in the conservation area of St Michaels Hamlet at the Liverpool Hope University, Aigburth Campus, the Hermitage and Cloister buildings were borderline condemned. Liverpool Hope University invested £2 million for a project that entailed the restoration of these two Grade II listed buildings.
SCOPE OF WORK : These beautiful grade II listed buildings have undergone a lot of labour-intensive specialist structural and restoration work using some of the industry’s finest local subcontractors. As expected, when working in a highly populated residential environment, the project faced several unique challenges. In initial stages, the development of the construction programme was of the utmost importance to identify how the works were to be delivered in a timely and cost effective manner without impacting residents. This process needed to be carefully collaborated between all parties to ensure there was minimal disruption to both the operations of the University and the needs of the council, meeting the Listed Building Consent. Using innovative ideas and the required input from all stakeholders to help achieve full restoration. Logistics and deliveries had to be planned and managed with a combination of on-site and off-site fabrications needed to achieve the desired results. As these buildings are Grade II listed, suitable building materials needed to be sourced as well as adopting special working methods to combine traditional building techniques with innovative design and still be in keeping with the surrounding area.
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