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Ethelwynne Brown Close

Tarka Housing

Ethelwynne Brown Close formed part of an External Cyclical Repair Programme valued at in excess of £500,000. The site is prestigious; being highly visible from the tourist magnet of the town of Bideford’s quayside and as such colour impact and finish was critical.

WMS were able to call upon the technical might of ICI DULUX as one of their select Trade Partners, and this enabled the client to sample a wide range of colour and technical specifications for the scheme.
Two key aspects of the Contract were the resolution of deteriorating Beadwork, and the logistics of access over the architectural design of the buildings.

The beadwork deterioration had been caused by the site’s proximity to the tidal River Torridge. To combat this WMS used a combination of applications regularly used in the preservation and restoration of Classic Cars; whilst the level nature of the site allowed the extensive use of powered access platforms.

WMS brought in the expertise of its approved specialist access supplier and in the hands of our IPAF qualified personnel the contract was completed ahead of schedule (despite several ‘Rain Days’ being available to call upon.)
The site comprised largely of Sheltered accommodation with two resident wardens. Resident liaison was therefore essential, in addition to which the health & safety risks of the work were assessed as high. Effective management was provided by a Contract Manager and a Resident Liaison Officer , with a permanent Supervisor and health & safety officer during working hours.

Perhaps of interest is that a total of 9 defects were noted on a site of some 81 housing units, with three of the seven blocks of flats reporting ‘Zero’ defects.


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