March 2017 – MOSI, Manchester – Still looking good 12 months after completion

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12 months on from completion we look back at one of our extrodinary projects.

THE BRIEF
H.H. Smith were awarded the project to restore and repair the cast iron decorative façade of the Museum of Science & Industry, MOSI in Manchester’s city centre. This listed historic building is iconic and works were to the main entrance to the museum. Works included roof repairs and renewal of decorative lead work and guttering to the existing timber and cast iron structure. The museum remained open during the works requiring public segregation barriers.

KEY POINTS
H.H. Smith were awarded the project following a competitive process. Access was gained using sectional scaffold which was enclosed for public protection. All deliveries, health & safety requirements, security, waste management and cleaning of the site had to be programmed, accommodated and managed on an ongoing basis throughout the duration of the works. Noise control was vital and removal of all lead paints had to be managed in a safe orderly manner.

CHALLENGES
Works had to be undertaken by operators who were members of the ‘Lead Contractors Association’, this ensured conservation skills and a quality finish. To ensure public and operator protection, materials had to be removed off site for grit blasting and re-coating to prevent toxic dust inhalation. Extensive collaboration with the client and their representatives were necessary to ensure that access to the building was never compromised.

 

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