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Works progressing on schedule at prestigious Hudson Quarter development despite COVID-19

G&H Hudson QuarterA prestigious, sustainable mixed-use development in the shadow of York Minster is progressing despite the coronavirus pandemic.

G&H Building Services is working with its client Caddick Construction Limited to deliver the Hudson Quarter scheme in York for Palace Capital PLC.

The development sees four buildings being constructed over a two-acre site.

Three residential buildings – named Kings, Waverley and Victoria – will provide 127 luxury residences and penthouses over 122,000 sq ft.

The fourth sees a steel framed structure for Grade-A office space covering 35,000 sq ft with 5,000 sq ft of additional commercial space.

G&H Building Services is delivering c£5 million of mechanical and electrical (M&E) works including full BIM design and installation.

Major plant items have been installed in all four buildings and services such as heating and lighting are now being connected.

Switch rooms are being prepared for the general power being installed next month that that will feed out to the residential blocks.

The underfloor heating installation is progressing well in the three residential blocks in line with the main contract programme and associated insulation and floor screed works.

The HQ office and Victoria buildings are all half-way through the first fix M&E installation that sees cabling and piped services fitted to take the building from the foundation to plastering internal walls stage.

The Kings building is at an even more advanced stage with first fix works complete up to level six of the seven-storey development.

Second and final fix installations are advancing through the floors with pod connections being made and all sockets and switches fitted.

First fix M&E works have also commenced within the Waverley building.

Senior Contracts Manager at G&H Building Services, David Wilson, said: “We have been back to full capacity the past few weeks with over 50 operatives on site keeping the scheme moving forward to schedule.

“This has been possible due to the excellent organisation of Caddick Construction’s Site Management and Health and Safety team and its approach to implementing control measures for maintaining social distancing and hygiene standards across the site to keep people safe.

“Measures such as one-way systems, washing stations, security personnel monitoring behaviour and extra cleaners carrying out more regular washdowns has given us great confidence.

“The layout of the site itself has also helped.  There are four individual blocks with space between each building and also managed site entry points.

“These factors have allowed us to progress well with major M&E infrastructure work such as the installation of plantrooms in all four buildings already at an advanced stage.”

G&H Building Services’ mechanical and electrical work includes heating, power distribution, fire alarms, heat recovery ventilation and a wide range of domestic services.

The scheme will offer over 100 car parking spaces, hard and soft landscaping and is targeting a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.

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