Semperian LSSL Life Cycle Works

As part of Callidus’ appointment as Health & Safety Compliance Consultant for Semperian Asset Management Ltd, one of our roles is to provide CDM Coordinator services on Notifiable Construction Projects.

Project Scope

This project consisted of undertaking planned maintenance and variation works at the majority of schools under the control of Liverpool Schools Services Ltd during the summer holidays.

The scope of the lifecycle works included the following:

  • Flat and pitched roof repair works
  • Internal re-decorating works to various building areas
  • External re-decorating works to various building areas
  • Replacement flooring works to various building areas
  • Security enhancement / upgrade works –replacement of rams, boards and hinges on vehicle access gates and CCTV works to various building areas
  • Window blind replacement works to various building areas
  • Minor M&E upgrade / replacement works to various building areas
  • Playground resurfacing works and re-marking
  • MUGA Resurfacing
  • Fire door upgrade works

Callidus Contribution

Scoping visits were undertaken to the various sites in the company of the LSSL Facilities Management Contractor and Project Manager to determine the extent of the scope of works and to identify specific risks around the various school campuses. Following these visits detailed Pre-Construction Information documentation was produced at the tender stage so that all contractors were aware of the risks at the earliest possible stage and could cost for the risk appropriately.

Prior to start on site Callidus provided Health & Safety advice at the phasing and sequencing meetings; this was vital as in many instances the schools were running holiday clubs for pupils and as such areas of the schools would be occupied along with external play areas. Advice was given on minimising the risk arising from any potential interfaces between Staff and Pupils and the contractor and their work areas; the contractor also needed to ensure that at the end of each working shift no residual risks were left which could impact on staff, pupils or potential trespassers onto the site.

Project Challenges

Due to the age of some of the schools within the LSSL portfolio Callidus identified that asbestos could be a potential risk at some of the sites, particularly where roof repair works were proposed. Callidus were able to recommend that an asbestos survey of roof areas was undertaken prior to any works being undertaken.

Where works were being undertaken within the vicinity swimming pools, it was identified that there were potential risks of either working over water or if drained down a risk of falls from height into the empty pools, discussions were held with the relevant parties to ensure that an acceptable safe system of work was established.

Where schools were proposing to run holiday clubs for pupils the requirement to provide adequate segregation between the construction site and the occupied school areas was identified as a necessity. Discussions were held between the project team and the schools to identify potential areas of conflict and where possible the works were programmed to eliminate the risks. Where this was not possible, alternative arrangements were made such as not running holiday clubs at particular schools or relocating them to alternative areas within the school.

Further Services

Callidus also deliver the following Health & Safety Consultancy services for Semperian Asset Management Ltd:

  • Legal Compliance Monitoring
  • Fire Risk Assessments
  • Health & Safety Training
  • Construction Site Health & Safety Monitoring
  • Competency Assessments

Contact Callidus

For more information on our CDM Advisor service please email info@wearecallidus.com or call 0113 385 2740 to speak with a consultant.