Real Estates Renovations and Refurbishments

Stone and marble works on a high bespoken project in London

From 2016 to 2019 I was employed for a leading contractor of stone-works on high bespoken projects. I Started as Designer and Surveyor and I passed soon in a role of Project / Site Manager and I successfully managed from inception to completion on site high-profile, complex and tailored residential and commercial developments with contracts up to 2.5M of value for main contractors such as BAM Construction and Paragon part of Interserve.
Between them the Buckingham Green high spec refurbishment project in central London with BAM Construction as Main Contractor, a project of which I am particularly proud.
It is quite difficult reduce this job to a single internet page as it has taken about two years of very hard work between pre-construction phase and construction, many people involved, very complex job in every aspect: selection, production drawings and schedule, materials from different countries and suppliers, different designers, coordination, deliveries, management, construction etc. however follow a short and very simplified description to give an idea.

In approximated data: £2.5 milions value, 6 months of preparation, 18 months on site, hundreds of documents, drawings and communications, 20 different types of high quality materials and finishes, 6 countries of origin, 2 main receptions, 10 lift lobbies, 24 commercial toilets, 100 flats toilets, 1 commercial staircase, 1 roof terrace, 2 terraces.
The two entrances halls are probably the most important parts of the entire project as first approach to the building, a complex and unique work that is probably the biggest Calacatta marble book matched cladding in the UK.

In my role:
Management of activities to finalize the process of selection of a wide high quality materials required, pivot point between the parts involved as Suppliers, Managers, Designers, Clients, through specifications, communications, meetings, travels and consecutive submissions of samples, approvals, procurements, data records.
Planning aimed to a Just in Time system (JIT), detailed cad drawings and schedules of production, quantities, qualities, dimensions, risks reduction (Health and Safety, waste, mistakes, variations, misalignments, etc.), submissions, approvals, purchase orders, records and retrieve data with constant monitoring and communication between the parties.
Organising and procurement of Site Equipment, Plant and Materials to ensure completion of works on busy and constrained building site in Central London. Planning deliveries in coordination with Site Managers and through booking systems. Supervision operations of unloading of heavy pallets and machineries, supported with cranes and/or handled safely into the assigned locations by our Site Team.
Planning and coordination with Managers and the Site Team the tasks to be carried out, super visioning the Site Team and activities to ensure tasks carried out within their level of skill and expertise, required further training to use plant and equipment properly and safely if needed, ensure all site operatives wearing appropriate PPE at all times during site activities and to keep clean and tidy the area of work.
Coordination with Site Managers and our Health and Safety Manager on managing work methods technically safe, viable, feasible. Coordination with Engineers to confirm dimensional requirements, ensuring that setting out and installation till completion as per drawings and specifications, executed safely, in coordination with other contractors involved in the same task. Problem solving in the ongoing construction process.

Roof Terrace

The overall design is done by architects then translated into precise production drawings and schedules, every detail is designed first including the rounded edges, pieces mainly produced off site in factories, delivered and finally installed. Some pieces have to be oversized and cut on site to make sure to cover differences in the construction as build (otherwise the piece have to be re-ordered and this can take months to have it on site), the weight of some pieces on the benches have a weight of 300kg/each, tolerances about 1-2 mm.

Image 01: top left, clockwise: roof terrace view with the granite floor and slate stone cladding and benches; view of the roof terrace corner with the garden; detail of the drainage channel in its intersection and inspection manhole; view of the Slade stone bench with the opening to access to electrical services; detail of the perimeter bench corner with glass parapet and led light under the bench.

Image 01: top left, clockwise: roof terrace view with the granite floor and slate stone cladding and benches; view of the roof terrace corner with the garden; detail of the drainage channel in its intersection and inspection manhole; view of the Slade stone bench with the opening to access to electrical services; detail of the perimeter bench corner with glass parapet and led light under the bench.

Lift Halls

From 5th to 15th floor, constituted each by two slabs Nero Marquina book-matched and with an horizontal cut to divide them in four slabs of approximately 1700x1200 mm, thickness 20 mm, returns 50mm, vertical and horizontal joint approx 8mm, weight of each of the two parts of approximately 200kg. The slabs are hung on aluminium structure and then fixed to steel posts on the right side while the lefts side is on a steel mobile frame on hinges to allow the opening to access services of the building. The perimeter fascia of the floor is constituted by granite slabs on measure aligned with aluminium vertical profile on the wall.

image 02: top left, clockwise: view of the lift lobby with the Nero Marquina marble book matched cladding; view of the structural steel frame and aluminium bars of the cladding with the left side open-able to access to services; view of the left side of the cladding when opened; side of the cladding with marble returns and led lights; granite floor detail of the access to the lift, lifts entrances.

image 02: top left, clockwise: view of the lift lobby with the Nero Marquina marble book matched cladding; view of the structural steel frame and aluminium bars of the cladding with the left side open-able to access to services; view of the left side of the cladding when opened; side of the cladding with marble returns and led lights; granite floor detail of the access to the lift; lifts entrances.

Offices Toilets blocks

From 2nd to 5th floor, every block constituted by six toilets units. The corridor is constituted by Nero Marquina slabs full height from floor to ceiling alternated to white doors. The veins of the slabs are orientated in the same direction (photo 3) to have a mirror effect, the returns of the slabs are folded to have the continuity of the veins (photo 6) and the intersections are at “bird beck”. Each bathroom is constituted by a bespoke vanity unit hung and detached from the back wall with steel profiles. The back of the toilet is a marble panel full height from floor to ceiling but divided in two, the lower part is fixed while the top part is fixed on a mobile steel metal frame on hinges to be op-enable to access to services. The floor is costituited by granite slabs with precise dimensions and setting out.

image 03: top left, clockwise: view of the Nero Marquina vanity unit; view of the single toilet unit; office toilet corridor of distribution of six unit toilets for floor; detail of the intersection of the Nero Marquina panel with the ceiling; detail of the marble panel with the granite floor.

image 03: top left, clockwise: view of the Nero Marquina vanity unit; view of the single toilet unit; office toilet corridor of distribution of six unit toilets for floor; detail of the intersection of the Nero Marquina panel with the ceiling; detail of the marble panel with the granite floor.

Building Receptions:

A very complex job, only the selection of the right marble has taken months for aesthetic reasons but also because the oversize dimension and number of slabs needed. The dimensions of some slabs are different in their width making the book match complex. max dimension about 3200x1600mm, thickness 20 mm, weight approximated 250Kg, open joint of 5 mm, tolerances about 1-2mm. The job involved many professionals as architects for the overall design, contractor for the supply and installation, precise drawings and production schedule, details, visualizations pre-construction, verifications on site, delivery on site, setting out, lifts with slabs manipulator, cuts on site, installation of the bearing structure and then the marble slabs. This includes special works or pieces as bird beck connections, laser cuts, some honeycomb slabs used on the doors, stainless steel as skirting and top fascia.

image 04: top left, clockwise: view of the Office Reception, Calacatta marble cladding book match; Office Reception side view; detail of a lift entrance, intersection front panel-returns and ceiling; detail of the book match between front panel and folded return; view of the two lifts entrance with the book match of the front panels.

image 04: top left, clockwise: view of the Office Reception, Calacatta marble cladding book match; Office Reception side view; detail of a lift entrance, intersection front panel-returns and ceiling; detail of the book match between front panel and folded return; view of the two lifts entrance with the book match of the front panels.

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- Antonio Bufano
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