32 Lincolns Inn Fields is an occupied and fully-functioning, academic, listed building. In operation seven days a week, the building is a key aspect of the estate for the London School of Economics (LSE).
Following a multimillion pound refurbishment of the whole building, that completed in 2013, the basement areas had been subjected to water ingress into teaching areas and computer rooms for three years, despite a waterproof system being installed. Previous attempts by the main contractor to resolve the water ingress had been unsuccessful.
Under Rund Partnership’s appointment to the LSE Estates Consultancy Framework, we were commissioned to investigate the cause of the ingress, specify a solution and manage the works to their successful conclusion.
The resolution was complex to resolve at early stages due to poor record information from the original contractor and the fact that the concrete deck and previous waterproofing installation could not have been viewed until works started. Based on the assessment of the location of the water ingress and reviewing the information available, Rund Partnership produced a specification that required the complete removal of all previous works down to the original concrete deck. This work specification allowed a complete new Westwood waterproofing system to be installed.
Due to the nature of the works and operation of the building, it was critical to undertake the works during quite periods of time for the University, and therefore works were planned over the summer break. Careful programme management, to fit with the busy LSE summer schedules, resulted in a complex critical path and adherence to strict deadlines, whilst also working within restricted periods.
Rund Partnership managed and monitored the works, ensuring that WestWood worked closely with the main contractor and Mars Construct to ensure labour and material requirements were available. All detailing had to be 100% accurate and completed on time to meet the strict deadlines provided, whilst also factoring in other trades and works by the main contractor.
London School of Economics
Building Surveyor and Cost Consultancy
13th October 2017