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This project comprised the redevelopment of traditional stone buildings into 11 houses in the Thomas Telford conservation area of Lower Pulteneytown, Wick. The work involved the partial demolition of stone buildings and the complete demolition of modern extensions. A façade retention system was erected to preserve the 2.5-storey streetscape external walls.
When work began, it was discovered that the stone walls to be retained were in much poorer and unstable condition than had first been thought. The unexpected stabilisation work resulted in delays, while we commissioned surveys and designed an engineering solution. A flexible approach was needed; to maintain progress, we re-programmed the entire job and started working on another section of the site, returning to the unstable walls once the remedial measures had been devised.
No claims for ‘loss and expense’ were submitted for the disruption caused, demonstrating our culture of co-operation with clients when difficulties arise, to minimise delays and avoid additional costs.
Despite the unexpected difficulties with the unstable stone walls the 11 units were completed 6 months ahead of schedule.