Tag Archives: Fire Damage

House Fire, Romford Essex

Overview/Summary = Bakers of Danbury recently carried out refurbishment after a property in Romford suffered a house fire

Value = £63,000

Location = Romford, Essex

This enquiry was surveyor lead and had to be completed as soon as possible to get the family out of temporary accommodation and back into their own house. This was necessary due to the policy holder's son being disabled.

The property was partially stripped out due to asbestos contamination and all contents had been cleared. Bakers of Danbury carried out a complete rewire to the entire 4 bedroom property, re-plaster and and redecoration including new ceilings.

The existing bathroom and w/c were cleaned and re-grouted. Bakers of Danbury rebuilt half of the staircase after it had partially collapsed and carried out repairs to the existing wood wall panelling. The central heating system was recommissioned and the radiators were replaced. All joinery was carried out by Bakers of Danbury which included skirts, architrave and internal wooden doors and frames. The floor coverings were replaced with click in laminate

Apartment Fire, Thames Gateway

Overview/Summary = Bakers of Danbury recently carried out refurbishment to a 14th floor apartment in the Thames Gateway area which suffered significant damage in a fire

Value = £38,000

Location = Thames Gateway District

Bakers of Danbury worked with Peabody Trust regarding the specifications as the apartment was owned by the housing association.

After asbestos had been removed, Bakers of Danbury carried out a strip out. The apartment was completely rewired. A new water feed and plumbing system was installed, which included a new gas central heating system with radiators and water tank. The original warm air system was disconnected.

The entire apartment was re-plastered and decorated. The kitchen was refitted with new appliances and the bathroom suite was cleaned and re-tiled. New floor coverings were installed throughout the apartment.

House Fire, Clacton Essex

Overview/Summary = Bakers of Danbury recently carried out refurbishment after a property in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex suffered significant damage in a house fire which started in the kitchen

Value = £40,000

Location = Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

After Bakers of Danbury took the enquiry from the Insurance Loss Adjuster on a Friday afternoon, they arranged for an electrician to visit the property within hours, to install a new fuse board in the garage so that the filter for the koi pond could be turned back on.

Immediately after the fire, the property was stripped out and decontamination works were carried out. Bakers later fully decorated throughout the property as it had suffered smoke damage in every room.

Existing asbestos was removed. All floor coverings throughout the property were replaced. The lining wallpaper was removed from all three bedrooms, hallway and landing, and the walls were re-plastered and decorated. The tiled bathroom was cleaned. The whole property was rewired and in the kitchen some elements of plumbing was necessary. The kitchen was redecorated, re-tiled in part and new appliances were installed.

Church Fire Damage Repair

Summary = St John the Baptist Church in Royston was devastated by a fire. Bakers of Danbury have carried out phase one of works which included securing the structure and stripping the fire damaged materials which were beyond repair. Bakers are currently working on the second phase.

Location = Royston, Hertfordshire

Challenge = National lock down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Solution = Bakers of Danbury were initially tasked with phase one of works which began May 2019 and involved six weeks stripping all fire damaged material and making the structure safe after it had suffered a devastating fire in the early hours of the 9th December 2018.

The fire which started in the tower devastated the tower and bell ringing chamber and caused significant damage to the medieval nave roof, in particular the west end of the roof. The church also suffered from subsequent water damage as a result of extinguishing the fire, which cause the floor to collapse.

After completing phase one of works, Bakers were awarded phase two of works which began at the fire damaged church in February 2020. Later the following month, due to the nature of the works and the confined working space, the project had to be put on hold during the national lock down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In May the works resumed with the introduction of social distancing measures, sensible planning and safe working procedures which were implemented by Bakers' SHEQ Manager, Contract Manager and Site Manager for the project.

During phase two, a new tower roof with steel supporting girders was installed and covered in lead. New window reveals (in Clunch) were installed within the tower and repairs were made to the tower internal walls, particularly at the belfry level where it had been seriously damaged by the instense heat. Within the tower a quatrefoil window was replaced with one handcrafted by Bakers' sister company Collins and Curtis Masonry.

Lower down the tower, Bakers repaired the walls by stitching them with large pieces of Clunch. Re-pointing the stonework further restored and strengthened the tower. New copings in Barnack stone were installed to the tower parapet and new ashlar indents were also incorporated.

To the naive roof, which suffered significant damage, Bakers repaired the original inner wall plate and introduced a new outer wall plate to support the rafters. New rafters were installed where the fired had damaged the original ones beyond repair. Those original principal rafters which were salvaged have been repaired and supported by installing large stainless steel brackets (individual brackets weigh 175 kg each).

All timbers were ice blasted to remove fire and smoke damage, taking particular attention to preserve historical graffiti which although had been damaged by the fire, was still legible. A new lead roof (code 7) will be installed and all rainwater goods will be replaced with cast aluminum. Ice blast cleaning was carried out in isolated areas of the church which suffered fire and smoke damage, for example around the windows and doors. Various cleaning trials have been carried out throughout the interior and exterior of the church.

During phase two the whole intrados belonging to a nave arch, which spans a massive 5 meters, was replaced in Ancaster hard white stone. Phase 3 saw the decision made to also replace the extrados for the same arch as it was severely fire damaged on the tower side. To the naive roof, which suffered significant damage, Bakers repaired the original inner wall plate and introduced a new outer wall plate to support the rafters. New rafters were installed where the fired had damaged the original ones beyond repair. Those original principal rafters which were salvaged have been repaired and supported by installing large stainless steel brackets (individual brackets weigh 175 kg each). St John the Baptist Church in Royston was devastated by a fire. Bakers of Danbury have carried out phases one and two of works which included securing the structure and stripping the fire damaged materials which were beyond repair. Bakers are currently working on the third phase. £800,000 (phases one and two) Royston, Hertfordshire Barker Associates National lock down due to the Covid-19 pandemic Bakers of Danbury were initially tasked with phase one of works which began May 2019 and involved six weeks stripping all fire damaged material and making the structure safe after it had suffered a devastating fire in the early hours of the 9th December 2018.

During phase three of works as the high levels were completed, the scaffold was taken down to work on the lower levels. Bakers removed the fire damaged plaster and re-plastered the walls with a breathable 3 coat lime plaster which consists of a coarse hair coat, scratch coat followed with a fine finish coat. The bottom sections to the pillars that support the arcade (set of arches) which separate the nave from the aisle were replaced in chicksgrove stone. First fix electrics were installed and decoration carried out throughout. Bakers are working in close collaboration with the Project Quantity Surveyor to monitor contract values, variation costs and final contract sum.

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