When a four storey commercial property found itself the victim of an arson attack, C S Construction where called out to the premises to isolate the services and secure the front of the building. A full report was issued to the client for their insurance assessor and a schedule of works was prepared. Following various negotiations with the client, insurance company and the local planning authority, C S Construction where instructed to carry out a full refurbishment to restore the premises and enable future trading.
The initial assessment of the damage was undertaken by an appointed structural engineer to determine that the integrity of the steel columns and beams at the shop front where the effects of the fire had been the most intense had not been compromised. Thereafter a full strip out was undertaken, with all the materials for disposal being deposited in skips on a continuous wait and load basis to ensure a rapid site clearance. Internally the premises were rewired as necessary with a full new power, lighting and fire alarm system. The suspended ceilings and floor finishes throughout were renewed together with a complete sales display arrangement to the ground floor. All floors were thoroughly cleaned and redecorated.
The photographs indicate the high level of damage that was sustained and partially destroyed the shop front. Bradford City Council, the controlling authority insisted that the Edwardian timber shop front, inclusive of its lead covered canopy and architectural handrail above was restored with materials on a ‘like for like’ basis. C S Construction engaged the services of a specialist joinery company to produce the bespoke timber sections necessary to restore the shop front to its former condition.