Transforming the Friary Estate in Southwark
Our client Engie is the leading provider of regeneration services in the UK, committed to the transformation of the UK built environment into net-zero carbon.
As part of an ongoing push on refurbishment works to social housing across the capital, the TP Group were asked to complete the surfacing works to Friary Estate in Southwark.
To begin, we removed the existing floor tiles and carried out minor repairs to the substrate. We then had to apply a resin scratch coat to remove undulations and make the surface smooth so that the wearing surface, when eventually applied, would meet contemporary expectations. The flooring chosen for the walkway area and stairwell was the Contar Dekor Broadcast system, an MMA resin floor coating which incorporates decorative flake. As the final touch, we installed new Gradus nosings to the stair treads, in accordance with British Standards as well as the Disability Discrimination Act requirements within social housing.
When working on social housing projects, there are various restrictions to take into account. Firstly, there are strict controls on noise levels from machinery and the times of day disruptions are acceptable – and so was the case with Friary Estate as well. Secondly, extra attention needs to be paid that working areas are safe as the public may interact with them. Finally, residents need continuous access to their homes. Therefore our selection of fast-cure materials was crucial for the team to complete this project in time, and with minimal inconvenience to residents living within the block.