On Site Facilities Management for the Construction Sector

Demand for on site facilities management in the construction sector has led to us being involved in various property development projects including a major residential refurbishment in Yorkshire’s Ripponden Valley.

Working with Huddersfield architectural company One17Design, the scheme demonstrates how facilities management had become an integral part of the design and build process.

One17Design specialises in architectural and interior design including the restoration of listed and significant buildings. It has completed a variety of residential, commercial and heritage projects across the North of England including the conversion of grade II listed brewery premises into offices at Lockwood Park in Huddersfield and a mixed use scheme for Huddersfield Methodist Mission.

This latest project involves a complete redesign of an existing four-bedroomed 1950s property on Ripponden bank to create a five-bedroomed luxury home with contemporary open-plan living and landscaped gardens overlooking the valley.

Mark Lee of One17Design said the project had involved removing the entire internal structure of the house to create a modern family living space.

“This is a major construction project with different teams accessing the site at various stages over many months,” he explained.

“The strategic planning needed to support day to day operations during construction and meet increasingly complex legislation would not have been possible without full facilities management support.”

One17 teamed up with Orchard Facilities Management to streamline operations on site and make sure the firm meets its legal obligations as site managers.

As the site was cleared Orchard sorted all waste streams and managed the compliant recycling of metals, wood and plastic.  General waste skips were sent to a specialist recovery site so that remaining materials could be sorted and recycled.

“One of the key challenges has been site access,” explained Mark. “The house is at the end of a long private lane so we had to work with our contractor supply chain to select the correct size of machinery to bring in.”

Orchard also managed the removal of existing gas meters and resiting of new metering facilities. A complete asbestos survey of the site was carried out before work started.

Justin Holley of Orchard Facilities Management said: “Orchard Facilities Management has been involved in the operational side of what is a significant construction project.

“Our role has included removing hazardous materials from the site and segregating waste to allow full recycling.

“We have provided welfare facilities to comply with CDM construction regulations, including a mess and office area, a drying area and onsite toilet and washroom facilities which we linked directly into main drains as a temporary service.”

Mr Holley said his company was increasingly being commissioned to work on construction projects as part of the building services team to manage site safety and compliance.

“We have applied the same principles as we do in other facilities management settings to provide a full service to the project team which will safeguard the welfare of operatives and ensure all activities on site are fully compliant,” he said.