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Part of our adherence to social responsibility is to ensure that we support the local community by ensuring they are well informed throughout the process of making their building safe.

Maintaining consistent contact with the residents at Crown Wharf is something Envoy has excelled in and as a thank you for their ongoing patience, we presented each resident with a gift bag.

Since we commenced on site at the beginning of 2022, we have maintained consistent contact with the residents at Crown Wharf, ensuring that they are informed every step of the way as their building is made safe.

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Are You Compliant? Understanding the Impact of the Building Safety Act

The Building Safety Act 2022 represents a significant milestone in enhancing building safety standards and practices. As the construction industry continues to evolve, compliance with this legislation is paramount to create a safer and more accountable built environment. 

The Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017 was a wake-up call for the construction industry and policymakers worldwide. In response to the devastating fire, governments and regulatory bodies took action to prevent such incidents in the future. The enactment of the Building Safety Act stands as a significant milestone in ensuring building safety and compliance. 

The Act places a greater responsibility on construction companies and the owners of buildings for guaranteeing that the correct safety measures are in place throughout the lifecycle of a building. This means that the companies and owners must ensure that each building in their portfolio is compliant with the law that the Regulator has established, and that the buildings are managed and dealt with according to their degree of risk. Non-compliance by those responsible can have significant consequences, including reputational damage and legal action.

Compliance with the Building Safety Act:

As part of the Building Safety Act, it is a legal requirement that all high-rise buildings 18m or higher with two or more residential units to be registered with the Building Safety Regulator by 1 October 2023. The registration process opened on the 1st of April 2023. The Principal Accountable Person for each building is required to:

  • Complete the registration process of their building with the BSR (Building Safety Regulator)
  • Perform a building safety risk assessment 
  • Introduce measures to manage the risks
  • Prepare a Safety Case Report for submission to the BSR

What is a Building Safety Case and Safety Case Report?

The Safety Case is all the information used to manage the risk of fire spread and structural safety of the building. The information is used as evidence to demonstrate and justify how these hazards and their consequences are being prevented in the building. 

The Safety Case Report is a document that shows how Building Safety risks have been assessed and all the reasonable steps that are being taken to prevent risk. It clearly identifies any major fire and structural hazards in the building and shows how the Accountable person is managing the risks associated with the building. The Building Safety Regulator will use the report to assess and verify the systems for managing, controlling, and mitigating major fire and structural risks in the specific building. It is the primary way the BSR will hold the Accountable Person to account. 

What must the Report include?

  • A Description of the Building
  • Information about the Residents in the Building Relevant to Safety Risks
  • Emergency Plans and Preparedness Procedures
  • An Assessment of the Risks Residents Face
  • Fire Prevention Measures
  • Structural Safety
  • Services And Utilities Information
  • Inspection And Maintenance

The Report must be able to give confidence that the building’s fire and structural risks are identified and managed adequately. Therefore, the PAP must ensure it is continually reviewed and updated to reflect any changes. The Report is assisted by the Golden Thread of information which delivers all information and evidence around the assessment and management of Building Safety risks. 

Non-compliance with the Report:

Failure to submit a completed Safety Case Report is a criminal offence under the Act, and high-rise residential safety managers must ensure that the Report meets all the requirements. Non-compliance can lead to serious consequences to those responsible. Some of these include:

  • Legal and financial consequences: can lead to fines, imprisonment, and liability claims in the event of a fire or other safety incident.
  • Increased Building Safety Risks: If the regulations are not upheld, there would be increased safety risks for building occupants, including risks from structural failure and fire hazards.
  • Reputational damage: Building owners and construction companies can suffer reputational damage for not complying and therefore lose opportunities and trust from key stakeholders.
  • Delays in project construction: Safety issues will need to be identified and addressed if there is failure to comply with safety regulations, which would cause delay in any projects in the construction stage.
  • Environmental harm: Can also result in damage to the environment, pollution and waste and harm to wildlife and natural resources.
  • Difficulty selling and leasing: Non-compliance with the regulations would make it difficult to sell or lease the building, especially for residents looking to move or re-mortgage.
  • Insurance issues: Insurance coverage for the building would result in increased costs and liability as it would be harder to insure the building.

What is the Golden Thread and why is it so important?

‘The Golden Thread is both the information that allows you to understand a building and the steps needed to keep both the building and the steps needed to keep both the building and the people safe, now and in the future.’ BRAC’s summary definition.

The government requires that Duty holders and Principal Accountable Persons create and maintain a golden thread, throughout a building’s life cycle. The golden thread includes:

  • The information about a building that allows someone to understand a building and manage it safely.
  • The information management to ensure the information is accurate, easily understandable, can be accessed by those who need it and is up to date.

It will ensure that building owners have well-documented and accurate evidence of their risk assessments and safety arrangements as well as supported documentation. It will make it easier for them to manage relevant safety information, providing assurance to both the BSR and residents that measures are in place to manage risk and safety. 

The Golden Thread will apply to all the buildings within the scope of the Building Safety Regime. It will use digital tools and systems to enable key information on the buildings to be stored and used effectively to ensure safer buildings. It will be used to support duty holders and the Principle Accountable Persons throughout the life cycle of a building by recording all information. 

The Golden Thread brings all information together in a single place meaning there is always one source of truth. It ensures that information on the building is easily accessible to the right people at the right time. It also sets out a new higher standard of information-keeping which will support the BSR in assuring buildings are managed safely. 

Further information can be found on this link.

Compliance with the Building Safety Act is imperative for creating a safe built environment. Safety Case Reports play a pivotal role in assessing and mitigating risks associated with high-rise residential buildings. By adherence to the Act and preparation of complete and thorough Safety Case Reports whilst upholding The Golden Thread, duty holders demonstrate their commitment to building safety, and participate in the ongoing campaign for Building Safety in the built environment. 

Building Safety Act Regulations: Ensuring a Safer Future

The Building Safety Act 2022 represents a significant milestone in enhancing building safety standards and practices. As the construction industry continues to evolve, compliance with this legislation is paramount to create a safer and more accountable built environment. 

The Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017 was a wake-up call for the construction industry and policymakers worldwide. In response to the devastating fire, governments and regulatory bodies took action to prevent such incidents in the future. The enactment of the Building Safety Act stands as a significant milestone in ensuring building safety and compliance. 

The Act places a greater responsibility on construction companies and the owners of buildings for guaranteeing that the correct safety measures are in place throughout the lifecycle of a building. This means that the companies and owners must ensure that each building in their portfolio is compliant with the law that the Regulator has established, and that the buildings are managed and dealt with according to their degree of risk. Non-compliance by those responsible can have significant consequences, including reputational damage and legal action.

Compliance with the Building Safety Act:

As part of the Building Safety Act, it is a legal requirement that all high-rise buildings 18m or higher with two or more residential units to be registered with the Building Safety Regulator by 1 October 2023. The registration process opened on the 1st of April 2023. The Principal Accountable Person for each building has significant responsibilities. Those responsibilities are best summarised as follows:

  1. Compliance with Regulations: PAPs are required to comply with all relevant building codes, regulations, and standards applicable to the design, construction, maintenance, and inspection of buildings.
  2. Professional Competence: PAPs must possess appropriate professional skills, qualifications, and experience relevant to their role in the building industry. They are expected to keep their knowledge up-to-date with the latest developments in building safety practices and technologies.
  3. Design and Construction Oversight: PAPs are often involved in the design and construction phases of buildings. They have an obligation to ensure that the design plans and construction work meet all applicable safety requirements and standards.
  4. Risk Assessment: PAPs may be responsible for conducting risk assessments to identify potential hazards and risks associated with building projects. They must take appropriate measures to mitigate these risks to ensure the safety of occupants and the public.
  5. Quality Assurance: PAPs are expected to implement quality assurance measures throughout the construction process to ensure that materials, methods, and workmanship meet the required standards.
  6. Inspection and Certification: PAPs may be involved in inspecting buildings at various stages of construction or renovation to verify compliance with building codes and approved plans. They may also issue certifications or permits indicating compliance with safety regulations.
  7. Continuing Professional Development: PAPs are encouraged to engage in continuous learning and professional development activities to enhance their knowledge and skills in building safety practices.
  8. Ethical Conduct: PAPs are expected to adhere to high ethical standards in their professional practice, including honesty, integrity, and accountability.
  9. Reporting and Documentation: PAPs may be required to maintain accurate records, reports, and documentation related to their involvement in building projects, including design plans, inspection reports, and certifications.
  10. Collaboration and Communication: PAPs often work collaboratively with other professionals involved in building projects, such as architects, engineers, contractors, and regulatory authorities. Effective communication and collaboration are essential to ensure that safety requirements are met throughout the project lifecycle.

Challenges faced by PAP’s:

Ultimate accountability for building safety typically rests with the PAP and can never be fully delegated away. Why is this a problem?

PAP’s are generally building owners and managers, not building constructors. Therefore it is unusual to expect them to be fully conversant with a Building Regulation such as the BSA.

As of my last update in January 2022, the Building Safety Act (BSA) hadn’t been fully implemented in many jurisdictions. However, based on the intentions and discussions surrounding the act, here are some potential problems Principle Accountable Persons (PAPs) might face and how they could try to delegate their responsibilities:

Complexity of Compliance: The BSA introduces a range of new requirements and obligations for PAPs, which are complex to navigate and comply with.

Delegation: PAPs are likely to delegate specific tasks related to compliance with the BSA to qualified personnel within their organization or external consultants.  Getting these appointments correct in terms of scope and legal clarity is critical.

Liability Concerns: In the event of a building safety incident and the PAP not being able to suitably demonstrate good practice and due diligence the they are personally liable for prosecution.

Resource Constraints: Implementing the requirements of the BSA may require substantial financial resources, as well as time and personnel commitments – it is likely viewed as an annoying distraction. PAPs, particularly those in smaller organizations or with limited budgets, may struggle to allocate sufficient resources, attention and focus to meet these demands.

Changing Regulatory Landscape: The regulatory environment surrounding building safety is constantly evolving, with new requirements, guidelines, and best practices emerging over time. PAPs must stay informed and adapt.

Technological Challenges: The BSA emphasizes ‘Golden Thread’, the use of technology in ensuring digital record-keeping and information-sharing systems so as to improve building safety management.

What is the Golden Thread and why is it so important?

‘The Golden Thread is both the information that allows you to understand a building and the steps needed to keep both the building and the steps needed to keep both the building and the people safe, now and in the future.’ BRAC’s summary definition.

The government requires that Duty holders and Principal Accountable Persons create and maintain a golden thread, throughout a building’s life cycle. The golden thread includes:

  • The information about a building that allows someone to understand a building and manage it safely.
  • The information management to ensure the information is accurate, easily understandable, can be accessed by those who need it and is up to date.

It will ensure that building owners have well-documented and accurate evidence of their risk assessments and safety arrangements as well as supported documentation. It will make it easier for them to manage relevant safety information, providing assurance to both the BSR and residents that measures are in place to manage risk and safety. 

The Golden Thread will apply to all the buildings within the scope of the Building Safety Regime. It will use digital tools and systems to enable key information on the buildings to be stored and used effectively to ensure safer buildings. It will be used to support duty holders and the Principle Accountable Persons throughout the life cycle of a building by recording all information. 

The Golden Thread brings all information together in a single place meaning there is always one source of truth. It ensures that information on the building is easily accessible to the right people at the right time. It also sets out a new higher standard of information-keeping which will support the BSR in assuring buildings are managed safely. 

Further information can be found on this link.

Compliance with the Building Safety Act is imperative for creating a safe built environment. Safety Case Reports play a pivotal role in assessing and mitigating risks associated with high-rise residential buildings. By adherence to the Act and preparation of complete and thorough Safety Case Reports whilst upholding The Golden Thread, duty holders demonstrate their commitment to building safety, and participate in the ongoing campaign for Building Safety in the built environment.

End of Sprint Celebration

Last Friday was an exciting day for Colorminium and Envoy, as it marked the first full team get together for 2023. It was great to have the opportunity to meet everyone and take some time out of our normal day to enjoy a BBQ cooked and served by some of the keen chefs in our team!

It also gave us time to connect with some of our new team members and collaborate with each other to share ideas, discuss smarter ways to get more done, and plan ahead for the next Sprint. 

We spent some time during the afternoon reviewing our Core Values, keeping them front of mind and ensuring we stay aligned to them in everything we do. We also reviewed the first third of 2023, sharing some key highlights and discussing our plans and goals for the future.

Crown Wharf Timber Sustainability

As part of our commitment to a sustainable future for developments in London, we love to see redundant materials such as the Balau timber cladding and Ekki timber decking from our Crown Wharf site being repurposed for other projects.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Ashwells – Reclaimed Timber by supplying them with timber that we had removed during our turnkey remediation work on Crown Wharf.

Crown Wharf Project Update

We are thrilled to update you on the latest developments at Crown Wharf, as we have recently begun installing brick slips using a cutting-edge corium cladding system.

We are also excited to be working alongside Pellings to ensure that the building is safe and secure for the residents.

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Recognizing our Crown Wharf teams’ success and hard work with Pizza Day

Envoy Projects Ltd held a Pizza Day at Crown Wharf yesterday to recognise the teams’ success in achieving their February Goals.

This is an excellent example of how small initiatives can make a significant impact on team morale. Generating positive work culture, promoting teamwork, and showing appreciation for the teams’ hard work.

Building on 46 Years of Successful Façade Delivery

Envoy Projects Ltd builds on 46 years of successful façade delivery by its parent company, Colorminium London Ltd.

We work with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and their project management team at Faithful + Gould along with some of the markets largest Developers, Housing Associations, Building Managers and Fire Engineers.

Listen to Charles Horne from British Land talk about the 100 Liverpool Street Project and how Colorminium helped turn his vision into a reality, by transforming Broadgate from a 5 day a week operation to a world-class 7 day a week mixed use destination.

Colorminium London Ltd had the privilege of working alongside Hopkins Architects to develop this complex façade for the stunning elliptical atrium and partnering with Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver the installation of the atrium as the crown of the building. Our involvement then extended to design and manufacture the surgical and crisp looking soffits that sweep through the arcade from Liverpool Street station to Broadgate Circle.

This truly impressive project was London’s first net-zero delivery and quick to be recognised by multiple awards and a BREEAM Outstanding rating. It provides the benchmark for London offices, demonstrating clear strategic thinking in the approach to reuse of the existing building structure.

Bring the power of Colorminium experience and expertise to your cladding remediation project!

Thank you, Residents at Crown Wharf!

Since we commenced on site at the beginning of 2022, we have maintained consistent contact with the residents at Crown Wharf, ensuring that they are informed every step of the way as their building is made safe.

As a thank you for their ongoing patience, we presented each resident with a hamper at the end of the year, hand delivered by our on-site team.

Envoy Projects Ltd is a specialist division of Colorminium London Ltd, on a mission to help our clients make their buildings safe! Read more about our turnkey remedial works here.

The Minories Hotel, Aldgate

This recently completed project sees the first Canopy by Hilton open it’s doors to guests in Aldgate London.

Commissioned by the client, 4C Hotel Group in January 2017 to work on the largest hotel project in their portfolio, Colorminium worked on a façade strategy starting with optimisation through to developing the detailed design of the façade with Acme architects from RIBA stage 2.

This early engagement enabled us to realise the vision of celebrating the existing façade with a bespoke feature fin system that clad the existing pre-cast frame, to give it the stunning finish we see today.

This video captures our journey with the Client and Architect on another stunning landmark scheme – working together to build a sustainable future for London.

Station House Inspections

Envoy provided support to the client following the initial opening up works and investigation phases on Station House. 

Full review of 2no opening up inspections, fire consultant’s reports, site visit information, existing O&M manual, original building fire assessment and other information carried out to verify areas requiring remedial works and determine the optimum replacement strategy.​

Early engagement with Envoy fire engineer and building control to verify initial proposals​.

3no additional wall buildups containing a significant presence of combustible insulation identified that were not picked up by the 2 previous fire engineers.

Merle Court Fire Testing

BS8414 Fire testing successfully completed to 2no different buildups on the project Merle Court:​

  1. Structural EPS insulated panels with Vitradual A1 rated aluminium cladding.​

  1. Structural EPS insulated panels with brickwork to the face.  Full cavity fill with blown insulation and retro fitted cavity barriers.​

Full design, supply and installation carried out by Envoy. This was completed alongside project design to ensure that the testing carried out was fully relevant to the building scenario.

Project Secured – Crown Wharf

We are excited to announce that we have secured the Crown Wharf façade remedials project in Stratford.

Appointed by Pellings LLP on behalf of Haus Block Management and Crown Wharf RTM, we are acting as the Principal Contractor providing a full turnkey remedial solution to replace combustible cladding materials including ACM, HPL and Timber cladding, along with combustible insulation used as part of the wall build-ups and render system.

Client
Haus Block Management

Project Management
Pellings LLP

Our Service

As part of our overall solution for this project some of the key services we provided were:

  • Intrusive opening up surveys
  • Comprehensive design process including building control and fire engineer signoff
  • Principle contractor role including all welfare, access and installation
  • Thorough and fully transparent QA system covering all aspects of the works
  • Provision of the EWS1 form following completion

Materials

  • EWI Render
  • Aluminium Cladding Panels
  • Fibre Cement Cladding Panels
  • Timber effect boarding system
  • Balcony decking
  • Glazed in spandrel panels
  • Brick slips
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University of Winchester Update

Excellent progress being made on the University of Winchester, West Downs 1.

Progress photos released show the frame now fully on view.

We are all looking forward to commencing on the external facade to really bring the building to life.

Keep following to watch this building transform across the next few months.

Wedge House, Hoxton Hotel Update

Great progress being made at Wedge House, Hoxton Hotel with the frame topping out. Congratulations to Lifschutz Davidson SandilandsGardiner & Theobald and Kier Group for reaching this large milestone.