12 July 2012

Contractor praised for minimising work day disruption

Romsey based Midas Construction has completed its 4th contract for Associated British Port's, on this occasion at the Town Quay complex on Southampton Water and has been praised for completing the work with minimum disruption.

The contract required some demolition work and the installation of a new fire alarm system to the buildings where most of the units are occupied and in daily use.

Project manager Ken Park said: "Town Quay is a very busy location with a two storey office complex with restaurant and café next to the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferry terminal.

"We were working in the busy public areas during daylight hours and our particular challenge was to phase the new fire escape installation while ensuring that all offices maintained fire escape access throughout the work.

"In the event, we were able to design a scaffolding system and plan the work without having to close any stairways, which was the original intention.

"I'm delighted with the outcome.  Because of out of hours working and communicating what we were doing with the residents, we were able to minimise disruption to the daily routine and we didn't receive a single complaint."

Town Quay Manager Lex Bancroft, added: "I was part dreading these works due to the level of disruption it would cause the tenants, but there have been days when I wouldn't have even known anything was going on.

"Ken Park has been an outstanding project manager. The level of communication has been superb and all aspects of the project handled professionally. The end result is fantastic...exactly what we are looking for in phase two of the internal works."

The fast track contract required the removal of all fixtures fittings, demolition and redesign of the interior into nine individual offices with new window and curtain walling to one elevation.

Other contracts recently completed by Midas Construction Associated British Ports include refurbishing an existing two storey office block at Imperial House, Western Docks, Southampton, re-cladding an existing frame and creating a new materials laboratory and store and a new stores building adjacent to the Carnival Cruise terminal..

A further phase of works at Town Quay is also potentially in the pipeline for later this year.

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