Updates

Development Updates

The Baltic Hotel Liverpool will set new standards in visitor accommodation for the city. Our aim is to provide a unique, quality driven experience for all of our guests – giving them access to a five star lifestyle when they stay with us. Follow the progress on this development with the updates below.

Scope Of Works

The existing commercial building is going to be converted into a Hotel, Bar/Restaurant. All the internal walls, ceilings, fittings and services will be stripped off and carted away, following on a structural scaffold will be erected to support the existing façade and works will commence with creating a basement floor, then a steel frame will be erected to extend the building vertically and receive a new roof cover.

Progress Up To Date

All licences from the local council has been granted and the site hoarding has been erected. The soft demolition works have commenced and 50% completed. Further licence have been requested and granted to extend the hoarding line into car parking bays outside the development to allow adequate space for an external site set up including site welfare and storage unit.

Site Set Up

Following receipt of permission from the local authority the hoarding line has been extended into Bridgewater steer to accommodate a welfare and storage unit. Furthermore, pedestrian diversion signage will be put up and the hoarding structure by the pedestrian crossing will be made up with Heras Fencing to give pedestrian a clear view of approaching vehicles.

Programmed Facilitating Works

A Structural scaffold will be erected to existing roof level to support the building prior to install the steel frame internally. Then the excavation works to the basement commences, once at formation level; pilling will be installed to form the bases of foundation to support columns of steel frame. The installation of steel frame is going to be phased starting from basement level going upwards to first floor and the second phase continuing the installation from top to bottom.

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Scope of works

The existing 3 storey commercial building is going to be converted into a 6 storey Hotel, Bar/Restaurant.

All the internal walls, ceilings, floors, fittings and services will be stripped out and removed.Following on a structural scaffold will be erected to support the existing façade and works will commence to excavate the ground floor, creating a new basement level.

Next a structural steel frame shall be erected internally to both reinforce the existing brickwork, carry our new floor joists and provide a rigid foundation for our 3 storey timber frame, brickwork and zinc clad extension.

The Hotel shall include a ground floor reception and lift area, with a bar/restaurant. All rooms shall be finished to a high specification.

Progress up to date

All licences from the local council has been granted and the site hoarding has been erected.

The soft demolition works have commenced and 50% completed. Further licence have been requested and granted to extend the hoarding line into car parking bays outside the development to allow adequate space for an external site set up including site welfare and storage unit.

Site set up

Following receipt of permission from the local authority the hoarding line has been extended into Bridgewater street to accommodate a welfare and storage unit. Furthermore, pedestrian diversion signage will be put up and the hoarding structure by the pedestrian crossing will be made up with Heras Fencing to give pedestrian a clear view of approaching vehicles.

Programmed facilitating works

A Structural scaffold has been erected to existing roof level to support the building prior to installation of the steel frame internally. Excavation works to the basement have commenced, once at formation level; pilling will be installed to form the bases of foundation to support columns of steel frame. The installation of steel frame is going to be phased starting from basement level going upwards to first floor and the second phase continuing the installation from top to bottom.

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Site Set-up

Applied for a road closer and submitted TTRO application to Liverpool City Council. Following this submission; there was a meeting on site on 19th March 2019 with LCC inspector and Highway Engineer. Further closer is requested by LCC to Kitchen St. The road closer is required to enable the project to progress by allowing sufficient space for cranage and digging machines.   

Site welfare is relocated to a unit inside the hoarding line.

External facilitating works completed for the commencement of ground works.

Construction

A 50% portion of the First Floor structure has been removed to allow demolition the existing internal wall and stairs.

Carried out underpinning to the internal party wall and constructed a second skin of block wall from basement level to First Floor.

Removed all steel columns to Ground Floor and First Floor.

Digging out the Ground Floor to create Basement Floor is scheduled to commence on 25th March 2019. Furthermore, a Vibration Monitoring device is installed in different locations in the building to aid with significant excavation.

A further survey is scheduled for w/c 25th March 2019 to scan the building prior to placing an order for structural steels.

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Site Set-up

We have been granted license for a full road closure from Liverpool City Council. Our preferred Traffic Management contractor has been instructed to order all road closure items required. The Traffic Management works is scheduled to commence next week.

We have also placed an order for a larger welfare/office unit to be placed within the hoarding line including all the necessary signage.

Construction

Digging out the basement from ground floor level has commenced in the last week of March 19. At the moment 75% of the excavation works is now complete.

During the excavation process, we have discovered few areas that required additional structural strengthening. This was inspected by the Structural Engineer and a detail design was generated to carry out the works. All additional structural support is now complete.

Following the extensive work carried out on site; we are pleased to confirm that there was no damage to the adjoining properties.

All the architectural drawings for the basement and ground floor has been amended to accommodate the slight alteration of the layout.

Moreover, a new outlet drainage pipe has been discovered and we have instructed a drainage specialist to carry out a camera survey and jet wash the pipe to ascertain if it is possible to utilize it accordingly.

An order has been placed with the Structural Warranty provider and a building inspector have attended site prior to carrying out any structural strengthening works and after the works was carried out. Also, our building control surveyor have attended site at the same time period to generate his report.

Furthermore, an order has been placed with our preferred Timber Frame contractor.

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Site Set-Up

Further approvals has been granted to amend the site hoarding layout to accommodate progression of the works. Alteration to the hoarding has been completed.

A full Traffic Management plan is in place following approval from the council. A weekly maintenance checks is carried out by Traffic Management specialist to ensure safety of pedestrians.

Construction

Further excavations has been carried out to lift pit area, concrete pads and below ground drainage. Further areas has been discovered that requires additional structural strengthening. These areas has been rectified and signed off by building control and structural warranty provider.

Following the above extensive works; we are pleased to continue reporting that there is no damage to the adjoining properties.

All Architectural/Structural drawings have been completed and submitted for approval.

The external drainage connection has been inspected and confirmed to be utilised for the Baltic Hotel external drainage connection.

The scaffold has been dismantled to accommodate the external works required. All licenses has been applied for and approved to commence the works.

The reinforcement works to the concrete pads and lift pit has been commenced and completed.

The Groundworks contractor had pre-start meeting with PUDLO the waterproofing specialist.

The concrete used in the basement has to be waterproofed. The first concrete pour has been certified by PUDLO and the waterproof mix has been sent to supplier ready for pouring.

Items Looking Ahead

An order has been placed with the Lift supplier prior to European summer shutdown to prevent future delays. A pre-start meeting has been arranged between the lift supplier and main contractor.

Placing an order with the Timber Frame contractor for timber floor joists and timber frame superstructure.

The structural design has been finalised recently and an order will be placed with the Steel Contractor.

Placing an order with the Crane supplier and appointing lifting specialist to produce lifting plans and RAMS.

Following up with party wall notices and over sailing licenses.

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Site Set-up

Further approvals have been granted to amend the site hoarding layout to accommodate progression of the works. Alteration to the hoarding has been completed.

A full Traffic Management plan is in place following approval from the council. A weekly maintenance checks is carried out by Traffic Management specialist to ensure safety of pedestrians.

Construction

Further excavations have been carried out towards the party wall with Baldocks. This has enabled the installation of approx. 75% of the reinforcement steelwork for the basement slab and walls. The concrete pour is scheduled for w/c 8th July 2019 to start pouring sections of the walls and slab.

The specialist ground-worker BMR confirmed that they have completed 95% of their contractual work and due to demobilise from site w/c 8th July.

The installation of the sub-flooring and drainage has been completed and inspected by building control as well as warranty provider.

The lift pit has been completed and filled with concrete.

Following the above extensive works; we are pleased to continue reporting that there is no damage to the adjoining properties.

All Architectural/Structural drawings have been completed and submitted for approval.

An order has been placed and deposit paid with the Timber Frame sub-contractor for floor joists and frame structure.

The final design has been agreed with the Steel Frame Contractor and start dates have been discussed.

The setting out engineer has been to site has marked out all of the positions for the steel frame connection points. The connection points have already been set in concrete now.

The position of the steel stairs has been set out on the basement floor.

Items Looking Ahead

Placing an order with the Crane supplier and appointing lifting specialist to produce lifting plans and RAMS.

Steel intumescent paint enquiry has been sent out and currently awaiting on the quotation.

Party wall agreement with Baldocks is nearing the completion and signing stage and due to be finalised by 8th July. This is will allow full completion of the excavation, and installation of the basement slab and wall reinforcement steelwork and concrete. 

Further quotation have been issued to suppliers following the updated designs on internal screens, doors, windows and roof.

The bricklaying contractor has now been appointed and will mobilise to site as soon as the groundworks contractor is off site.

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1) Site Set-up

The traffic management set-up has been maintained by accredited maintenance team.

2) Construction

2.1) The below ground drainage is now 100% completed and checked by Site Engineer and warranty provider.

2.2) The basement slab and retaining wall is now 100% complete and checked by engineer and warranty provider. The water proof concrete specialist have attended all works item and going to produce and provide a warranty by the end of August.

2.3) The additional block retaining wall is now complete and passed by warranty provider.

2.4) Slight adjustments to the location of the steelworks has been amended by the engineer to suite the installation of steels.

2.5) The steelwork contractor has visited site and carried out survey to order the steel members for the next stage.

2.6) The scaffold section by Bridgewater street has been dismantled to accommodate the final drainage connection in the street.

2.7) Additional access has been added to walk in and out of site safely.

2.8) A H&S site audit has been carried out.

3) Items Looking Ahead

3.1) The windows and external doors drawings is being amended to recent design change to Bridgewater st elevation.

3.2) Once the item above is produced the operatives on site will commence all the structural alterations to the windows openings and external doors, ready for the windows contractor to measure and manufacture items.

3.3) The steelworks contractor is programmed for a start on the first week of September. The progress of the works is going to be two floors a week for steelworks. Following that the timber frame contractor is scheduled to install the engineered floors, which is currently is getting manufactured.

3.4) Additional internal access is going to be erected to accommodate further structural alteration and enabling works to the upper floor.

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1) Site Set-up

The traffic management set-up has been maintained by accredited maintenance team.

2) Construction

2.1) Following the completion of the substructure works, the Architect has issued a built drawing with true a representation of measurements on site.

2.2) The built layout has been crossed checked against the structural design for any discrepancies. Few alterations are required prior to steelwork installation.

2.3) The Steelworks contractor has attended site with their setting out Engineer to confirm steel members measurements prior to fabrication.

2.4) The structural steel has been scheduled to commence on the 2nd week of September 2019.

2.5) An alternative windows proposal has been received from REA Metal windows. A price comparison exercises and specification check was carried out to compare Aluminum and Steel windows. A decision has been made to progress with the Metal windows. The order was placed on 27.08.19.

2.6) The external drainage connection has commenced and completion is planned to be W/E 01.09.19.

2.7) An internal scaffold has been erected internally by Bridgewater St elevation to aid structural alteration to window cells.

2.8) All structural alteration to windows on ground floor is now complete.

2.9) All the padstones for steel works is positioned as proposed by the Structural Engineer.

2.10) A H&S site audit has been carried out.

3) Items Looking Ahead

3.1) Installation of Electrical incoming supply by Scottish Power.

3.2) Setting up Crane at Bridgewater St to aid with dismantling the roof and lifting steel members to be installed in place.

3.3) Employing and Appointed Person supervising the Crane on site and producing a suitable lifting plan.

3.4) The timber frame contractor has produced final design drawing for the design team’s approval to progress with manufacturing.

3.5) Commencement of repointing all exposed elevations and sandblasting stone heads and cells.

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Site Set-up

The hoarding line has been extended for a larger crane to be erected on site due to the commencement of constructing the additional top floors. The adjoining building planned to be phase two of the hotel is going to accommodate the site welfare set-up and storage to fully utilise the hoarding space externally.

The traffic management set-up has been maintained by accredited maintenance team.

Construction

The external elevations have been blasted and the mortar joints racked out ready for re- pointing works.

The enabling works to remove the existing floor structures has commenced and programmed for completion by the end of week commencing 7th October 19.

The steel works contractor has completed erecting the steel structure to basement, ground floor and second floor.

The timber frame contractor has completed installing ground floor and first floor joists.

Domec has been appointed to produce the final M&E design for Phase 1 and integrate Phase 2 to be served by the same infrastructure. Domec has applied for a new incoming supply to Phase 1 only.

REA Metal windows have attended site and carried out a measuring survey to the existing openings to progress with manufacturing.

Domec has been appointed to carryout Architectural services for Phase 1 basement and ground floor with a view of changing the layouts on these floors and enhance the fire escape route. Domec has arranged a meeting with LCC planners to discuss and agree changes to Phase 1 and finalise the concept design of Phase 2. Initial approval and agreement have been given by building control and fire engineer.

Items looking ahead

Dismantling the roof structure to progress with vertical extension.

Installation of steels to second floor, third floor and the additional steel structure to join the timber frame extension to the existing building.

Installation of timber joists and erecting timber frame construction elements.

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Site Set-up

The larger crane has been erected on site and the construction of upper floors has commenced and progressed.

The traffic management set-up has been maintained by accredited maintenance team.

Construction

2.2) All the enabling works has been completed. The roof timbers have been cut and took out via the larger crane.

2.3) The steel works contractor has completed erecting the steel structure to third and fourth floor ready for the erection of timber frame element. Further alteration to ground floor stair core opening is commenced and scheduled for completion by the end of week.

2.4) The timber frame contractor has completed installing Second floor and third floor joists.

2.5) All the tenders sent out for M&E works has returned and in the process of analysis prior to selection.

2.6) All window designed has been issued to the Architect for approval and comments has been agreed to move forward. Additional items requested by the Architect to be added to the design and additional cost is anticipated.

Items looking ahead

3.1) Installation of timber frame panels and floor joists

3.2) Installation of metal windows.

3.3) Installation of roof finish.

3.4) Applying intumescent paint to steel works.

3.5) M&E first fixing.

3.6) Internal walls first fixing.

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November 2019 

It’s been a busy month for our construction team as work progresses on The Baltic Hotel. We have also welcomed two new team members, to oversee the project and its delivery.

Meet David Cain, Senior Contracts Project Manager and Gareth Davies Quantity Surveyor.

David trained with a firm of Chartered Surveyors and went on to co-found SEP Limited where he was Construction Director for over 20 years, he brings with him a wealth of experience having been involved in many varied projects including retail, residential, commercial, nuclear and sports stadia. While Gareth has worked for the past 4 years with multiple property developers across the North West  and on project with Carillion and Bam.

Having a dedicated in-house project management team, means we can achieve greater levels of quality control, production delivery and cost efficiencies, throughout the project build programme. David Cain and Gareth Davies are tasked with delivering current and future Living Brick projects, you can find out more about our current projects here.

November Updates

The steel frame to phase one of The Baltic Hotel has now been completed

  • Floors one, two and three are fully boarded out, ready for the metal stud works to start  – December.

  • Work has started to install the bespoke timber frame components that make up floors four, five and six.

  • The fourth floor is now installed and ready for the first fix to commence, floors five and six are following on at a pace.

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December 2019

Work has steadily progressed throughout December, as we approach the end of the year. The Living Brick team also continues to grow with the arrival of brand marketing and business development functions within the dedicated in-house team.

Meet Susan Wilson, Group Marketing Manager and Suzanne McEldowney, Business Development Manager.

Susan brings with her over 15 years worth of brand marketing experience, having worked as part of the Hilton regional marketing team, looking after all UK&I properties, and while agency side on place making projects with CEG, Scarborough Group and Peel Holdings, as well as working on the rebrand of The Fat Duck at Bray, with Heston Blumenthal.

Suzanne has worked in the Hospitality sector for 20 years, across various departments from Front of House Management to Sales Management, largely working for privately owned Hotels and Apartments. She also spent 6 years with Signature Living Group, where she was Head of Accommodation looking after 8 hotels, managing a large sales team.

DECEMBER UPDATES

The pre-construction team have now concluded the detailed design for the staircase and our bespoke staircase fabricator has started the manufacturing process with a view to commencing installation in the new year.

Living bricks mechanical and electrical consultants have now concluded the scheme for the Baltic hotel scheme phase one. We are now in the latter stages of appointing a principal M&E contractor

Contracts for both the window and bi folding door manufacturer have been signed, and production is underway.

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