Lumiere Apartments

Major Projects

BACKGROUND

TSL undertook a comprehensive fire remediation project at the Lumiere building, a Grade II listed structure situated adjacent to Clapham’s bustling railway station. This initiative, mandated under Black Cat and financed through the Building Safety Fund (BSF), aimed to bring the building’s exterior into compliance with the latest fire safety legislation. The project’s core objective was to enable residents to obtain the EWS1 form, a critical document for insurance, mortgage approval, or property sales.

SCOPE OF SERVICE

The Lumiere Building’s existing exterior, primarily composed of an EPS render system and spandrel panels within the curtain wall systems, fell short of current fire safety standards. The project entailed stripping these materials to the substrate, revealing flammable sheathing boards which were replaced before applying the new Ecomin 300 render system. Additionally, the project involved the removal of outdated spandrel panels, the introduction of new cavity barriers at crucial junctions, and the installation of A2-rated spandrel panels.

Location London
Industry Private Accommodation
Project Duration 52 Weeks
Client Black Cat Building Consultancy

CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

Several key issues arose during the project, requiring innovative solutions and an extended timeline:

  1. Rear Scaffold Alterations: A discrepancy in the building’s construction material necessitated a redesign of the scaffold system.
  2. Recessed Rendered Areas: Corroded support structures required a complete redesign and strengthening.
  3. Compartmentalisation and Sheathing Board Issues: Uncovered flaws in the building’s compartmentalisation and the discovery of non-compliant sheathing boards led to a series of remedial actions, ensuring compliance with fire safety standards.

These and other challenges led to an initial six-month extension of the project duration, with TSL successfully navigating through these complexities to deliver the project ahead of schedule, meeting all safety and aesthetic requirements.

CLIENT SUMMARY

The project was commissioned by Black Cat & Lumiere Residents and funded by the BSF. Throughout the project, the building remained occupied, necessitating careful planning and coordination to minimise disruption to residents.

WHAT MADE THIS PROJECT UNIQUE?

The Lumiere Building project was unique due to its location on a Grade II listed building and the complexities of working adjacent to a live railway. TSL’s approach, including monthly coffee meetings with residents, ensured transparency and accommodated residents’ needs throughout the project.

SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME

This project exemplifies TSL’s expertise in navigating complex fire remediation challenges, particularly in sensitive and occupied buildings where resident communication and involvement is crucial. Through innovative problem-solving, meticulous planning, and open communication with all stakeholders, TSL demonstrated its commitment to safety, quality, and resident satisfaction.

“This has been the most challenging but rewarding project of my 20-year career. TSL have made a very challenging job as enjoyable as it possibly could be.”

Director

Black Cat Building Consultancy

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