Issue 33 web - Flipbook - Page 18
ASWS enabling service crucial to
Cabot Square contract completion
Steel window refurbishment specialist, Associated Steel Window Services (ASWS) has been
expanding the popular enabling facility available to main contractors on commercial projects.
As well as recent projects working with one of London’s
largest demolition contractors, Erith, ASWS has renewed
a relationship with main contractor, ISG Ltd., after
working together on detailed restoration work at Bush
House, the former BBC premises in The Aldwych.
While the conversion work on Bush House involved
cleaning and restoring old W20 steel windows as well as
architectural ironmongery, the Cabot Square, Canary
Wharf project involved removing a series of very large
aluminium frame windows from an office building which
was being upgraded.
As ISG worked its way up the property, stripping each
floor back to the bare walls and floor slabs, ASWS coordinated its visits to remove pairs of windows from each
floor, between the 4th and 14th, to facilitate access for
teams and materials via a hoist. The six glazing units were
removed from each of the 4m wide, bowed-on-plan
frames, with all of the components being catalogued and
removed to storage. These were later reinstated as each
floor was completed and made ready for handover.
In addition, ASWS also offered its repair expertise,
carrying out re-glazing works around the building and
removing redundant windows from the core of the office
building which were then broken down to provide spare
parts where new replacements were no longer available.
Elements such as beading, glazing and gaskets were all
The Project Manager for ISG, Andrew Elliott, explained:
“As a specialist contractor, we were tasked, at Cabot Square,
to carry out a complete refurbishment and infrastructure
upgrade, stripping out the building to a ‘shell and core’ state
and then completing a Cat B fit-out. We had previously worked
with ASWS as a team on the old BBC building, Bush House
– where we also involved ASWS for the window work.
Following on from that, their provision of an enablement service at Cabot Square – removing, storing and replacing a number of windows – was critical to the successful logistical delivery
of the project.”
Contracts Director of ASWS, Kris Bennell, added: “The
glass and windows were removed from site, so as to avoid
damage, and returned when they were needed, though
the windows from level 14, where the main contractor’s
offices were located, stayed off-site in our storage facility
for three years. Everything was tagged and a heritage register created. This is typical of a service we are increasingly
being asked to provide by a variety of clients including for
some truly historic properties such as London Olympia
and many where heritage bodies are involved.”
For more information on ASWS, please visit asws.co.uk.