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CDM Coordinator and Health and Safety Inspection at London School of Economics

MSAFE worked with the London School of Economics as CDM Coordinators and Health and Safety Inspectors in the refurbishment of their Brunch Bowl cafeteria and kitchen.
3 December 2014

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CDM Coordinators & Health & Safety Inspectors at LSE

MSAFE has worked with London School of Economics as CDM Coordinators and Health & Safety Inspectors. The work involved the strip out of the existing Brunch Bowl cafeteria including furniture and kitchen, followed by the remodelling of the same to include new floor, ceiling and wall finishes, doors, partitions, furniture, services, kitchen and sales points.

LSE - pre and post refurbishment

The LSE Brunch Bowl pre and post refurbishment

Asbestos removal took place as part of the enabling works. The building was to be used as a work place and therefore the design needed to comply with the standards set out in the Workplace (Health Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992. The scheme was extended during the design works to include the remodelling of an area previously occupied by offices to a small café bar area.

The scheme was on the 4th floor of The Old Building an important facility on the LSE Campus. The works were planned to take place partly during the summer shut down however due to the duration of works there was some interaction later in the scheme with the fully occupied building and campus.

Throughout the project, there was regular liaison with the Estates Department to ensure that fire and emergency arrangements were considered and where service isolations could be made. Logistics was a particular issue as there were no lifts available for use inside the building.

The contractor was required to provide a goods hoist to the external façade, this required back propping of the basement areas due to the void below ground floor and the loads imposed by the hoist on the same. The asbestos survey and removal works were undertaken prior to the principal contractor starting on site. However there were a number of areas where insufficient access was available prior to refurbishment opening up these areas. MSAFE coordinated with the Principal Contractor, asbestos survey company and removal contractor to ensure that no one was put at risk from exposure to asbestos containing materials and that asbestos containing material were identified and managed or removed in a controlled manner.

Following our appointment MSAFE undertook a design hazard review using our “Design Hazard Review” document. We were able to develop a risk register from this that was updated throughout the scheme as the design progressed through each RIBA design stage and then onto site and completion of the works. Specific hazards or issues that required further development were communicated to the design team using our hazard review sheets. The design was reviewed and amended to ensure that all areas could be easily accessed for regular maintenance and cleaning and that there was access to power to undertake the same in a safe manner.

As CDM Coordinators we liaised closely with the LSE Estates Department together with the Mechanical & Electrical Consultant to ensure that the services to the area to be refurbished were identified as far as practicable and a strategy for isolation and allowing temporary services was developed prior to the Principal Contractor being appointed. This ensured that minimal investigations were required once the contractor was appointed and works could progress quickly and safely on site.

We ensured that a block of WC’s within the work area was kept in working order, these were made available to the Principal Contractor for the duration of the works and assisted in ensuring that the Principal Contractor could meet the welfare requirements of CDM 2007 whilst on site. This also helped to reduce lead in time for setting up temporary services and ensured that the works progressed quickly and safely onto site.  


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