Blog Posts

Working with unusual residents!

Every now and again, we come across a resident who requires specialist care to enable them to be removed from an area that we are due to refurbish. This was the case of the resident skeleton at QMUL’s Garrod Building. Named in recognition of esteemed physician Sir Archibald Garrod, the Garrod Building is listed and of great historical importance. The project comprised of the full strip out and refurbishment of 14 teaching rooms and associated corridors. The challenge An area within the building featured a human skeleton, carefully displayed in a glass case of around 100 years old. The safe… Read more »

Working within occupied school environments

Whether it is refurbishing a part of the existing school buildings or constructing a new teaching block, working within an occupied and fully functioning school can present many challenges. The majority of our clients want us to carry out the works while the school building remains occupied and this carries its own risks, potentially involving people, IT and construction equipment. Asbestos is another potential risk. In 1999, the government put a total ban on the use of asbestos, meaning that any building pre 1999 carries the potential risk of containing asbestos. As such, we stringently review all existing records and… Read more »

Working within a listed building

At Logan Construction, we are very experienced at working on Grade I and II listed refurbishment projects in sectors such as healthcare and education. Projects we have successfully undertaken on Grade I and II listed often include external facade retentions and renovations, whilst preserving internal features and yet providing high quality working environments that are function and suitable to today’s modern requirements. Appreciation of the building Our specialist teams appreciate the sensitivities of working within Grade I and II listed projects. We work hand-in-hand with our client’s, local authorities, English Heritage and other stakeholders to ensure a smooth refurbishment process,… Read more »

Working in live hospitals

The majority of our healthcare projects are refurbishment works within live and fully functioning hospitals, whether it is refurbishing a live A&E department or fitting out a new operating theatre. Working within a live hospital provides several key challenges. However, no matter what the challenge is, communication is key to a successful project within a live environment. Working adjacent to patients and nursing staff Working with a functioning hospital department means that we are fully accustomed to working alongside healthcare professionals, service users and patients. We know that flexibility is a must. Works may need to be halted at the… Read more »

Sustainable building

Sourcing sustainable and environmentally friendly products has become more prominent over the recent years in the construction industry. Initially sustainable products were rather few and far between and difficult to source, with cost being a major issue. This is no longer the case with certain materials. For instance, most suppliers of timber will offer FSC and PEFC chain of custody timber as standard, which is proven to be from a sustainable source and in theory be tracked back to the exact forest location where it was grown. In addition, recycled materials are beginning to be used across the board. For… Read more »

Listed buildings – 6 ways to overcome refurbishment challenges

Working within a listed building will always come with its challenges, but the end result is extremely rewarding, but what are the key challenges when refurbishing a listed building and how do we overcome them? Structural alterations can be particularly difficult and may involve many parties who may have a vested interest. For example, forming openings through original stone/ masonry walls in a crypt. Several surveys may be required before a temporary works design can be worked up with a full method statement. This will then need signing off before any works can be begin. If proposing alternative materials it… Read more »