16 Church Street
West Dunbartonshire Council
Client: West Dunbartonshire Council
Main Contractor: Lend Lease
Contract Duration: 6 Months
Brief Overview of Project:
The new the state-of-the-art building at 16 Church Street houses over 500 public sector employees and transforms the old Dumbarton Academy site into a modern town centre base that adjoins the retained William Leiper-designed, Grade A listed stone façade. Lesterose delivered the columned facing brick façade incorporating 675mm and 900mm high soldier course bandings at floor levels, bespoke underslung brick clad soffits, bolt-up units and extensive masonry support angle. We also constructed a new full height stonework elevation in-keeping with the retained listed building façade and provide a complete envelope scaffold.
The feature brickwork soffit at the main entrance is undoubtedly one the building’s principal visual features however, the intricacy of this architectural detail had potential to cause programme and coordination issues if built using traditional methods. To mitigate disruption, Lesterose assisted with advisory design input to procure a pre-fab option from IG Masonry Support. This limited the amount of work required on site and accelerated completion. The second obstacle that had to be tackled was severely restricted access to the South elevation, which tightly bordered neighbouring gardens. After reviewing the situation on site, Lesterose’s QHSE Officer and Project Manager devised a strategy utilising side-on loading bays, exclusions zones, varying sizes of forklifts and a strict construction sequence to ensure a large volume of materials could be moved to and from the workface safely.