Over the last year and a half EastendHomes has been working with the Holland Estate Management Board to deliver a £1.9 million external works programme to their estate in Spitalfields.
The external refurbishment of Barnett House, Bernard House, Brune House, Carter House, Brunswick House, 21-27 Wentworth Dwellings and 61-72 Wentworth Dwellings is programmed to maintain the character and architectural merit of the existing residential buildings while bring significant improvements to the external structures and communal areas.
EastendHomes' Project Manager John Stephenson said:
“The focus of EastendHomes and the Board has been on future proofing Holland estate and ensuring all improvements fit in with the current look and feel of the estate. The Holland Estate Board have expressed a significant interest regarding the programmed works and have been able to represent residents’ views throughout each stage of the project’s development. The Estate Board’s views and ideas have been incorporated into various resident consultation events and the pre-contract estate board walkabouts are continuing as the works are proceeding. We’re pleased that resident feedback has been very positive.”
Key improvements to the buildings include:
Masonry Repairs: The sympathetic restoration work includes renewing individual sections of brickwork where they are beyond repair and re-facing weathered brickwork with a proprietary brick repairing compound to match the existing. Raking out and re-pointing the brick parapet walls at roof level wherever required including other isolated areas of brickwork to each elevation. The external brickwork is also cleaned with a light pressure wash finish.
Improved Security: This currently applies to Carter House and includes the installation of a new audio controlled door entry system and new hardwood communal doors and frames to make the entrances more secure.
Structural Repairs: Concrete Repairs to external window cills and the beams including the filler joists to the underside of the communal walkways.
Upvc Windows: Repairs to silicone sealants and cleaning the Upvc sashes and frames. Installing new trims and sealants to the windows located within the roof space.
Hardwood Windows: Pre-paint maintenance repairs and the application of decorative staining
Guttering at Roof Level: Insulating and re-lining the gutters including the weather proofing of the concrete coping stone.
Communal Walkways: Resurfacing the communal walkways and forming new upstands.
Commonpart Electrics: Installing new energy efficient electrical components to all Blocks and upgrading the Landlord’s electrical supply to various Blocks. The design of the electrical containment has been ‘futureproofed’ to accommodate any planned boosted water and door entry systems to Brune House and Bernard House.
Communal Areas: Redecoration of internal staircase walls and ceilings with fire retardant paint and a deep clean to the concrete landings and stairs.
New Boosted Water System: This currently applies to Carter House and has been prioritised due to historical water pressure problems with the current supply. Individual property surveys will determine the service routes in order to pre-empt any preparatory works and to minimise on site disruption to residents. The new boosted water pressure installed will prevent future water distribution problems experienced during periods of heavy demand.
The programme is on target to complete this summer 2018.