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The challenges of working in a live environment

We recently completed work as main contractors on projects working with Odeon Cinemas and Hollywood Bowl in Glasgow in conjunction with NBDA Architects. These sites were based at Glasgow Springfield Quay near the city centre, a busy complex with restaurants, bingo, a casino and hotel.

The Odeon Cinema project involved the removal of the existing external profiled metal roof complete with existing insulation, support grid and VCL, lowering to the ground, removing from site and replacing with new insulation and the aluminum Kalzip system.

Curtis Moore worked as principal contractor however another contractor also carried out works on site throughout the duration of the project. This meant additional duties were included within our scope of works and our management and delivery team had greater responsibilities which had to be outlined and adhered to from the start. Such additional duties included providing welfare on site, creating a transport plan, arranging permits, records of inspections and registers, creation of a construction phase health and safety plan and F10 notification.

Odeon Cinemas

This was a demanding project, namely due to the fact that the cinema and surrounding businesses stayed open throughout the duration of our work. Working within a live, busy environment presents an enormous challenge in terms of health and safety, environmental issues, minimising noise and disruption. Additionally, this project was a complex refurbishment as opposed to a new build where there is more flexibility.

To ensure the least disruption to patrons of the cinema and members of the public, we used a cordoned-off area in an active car park for site rolling and due to the large size of the Kalzip sheets (53.5m long and curved), this meant we had to use a 500 tonne crane to load the sheets on to the roof. With the site being surrounded by large numbers of people every day, heightened attention to health and safety considerations was critical, as was minimising noise and disruption.

We are pleased to say our team completed the project safely to a high standard, within budget, as well as with minimal disruption to the public despite the restrictions of working on the live environment.

Hollywood Bowl

Due to the success of the Odeon Cinema project, Curtis Moore tendered and were awarded the contract as principal contractor for the adjacent refurbishment project at Hollywood Bowl. This involved the removal of the external skin complete with existing insulation, support grid and VCL and replacing with 2808m2 of Kalzip standing seam roofing.

This again was finished within budget and on time with the client and architect being delighted with the end result.

Paul Clare of NBDA Architects stated:

“Curtis Moore undertook the refurbishment works at the Odeon Cinema, Glasgow Quay. This involved the removal of the old external profiled roof and replacing with a new Kalzip standing seam system.

From the outset, Curtis Moore were very professional in their approach to tendering, design, procurement and installation. The project was managed and products installed to a very high standard whilst also placing a great level of importance to health and safety and the surrounding environment.

Curtis Moore ensured there was very minimal disruption to the public which was difficult considering the cinema remained open throughout the duration of the works.

Furthermore, they managed to site roll the extremely large Kalzip sheets within an active car park – again, causing minimal disruption to the public and ensuring health & safety was top priority. We are very happy with Curtis Moore’s performance on this project and have since appointed them for the follow up project – Hollywood Bowl – this, like the Odeon was completed to exceptional standards”.

We are delighted to have been part of these refurbishment projects and are proud that our team were able to complete them to our usual exceptional standards despite the challenges faced.