Inner London Crown Court: Repairs and Refurbishment

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Inner London Crown Court: Repairs and Refurbishment

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Sykes & Son were appointed to refurbish the ‘Chocolate Box’, the 1970s extension to Sessions House.

The inadequacy of the Courts facilities is well documented. The ‘Chocolate Box’, which houses six courtrooms, was in dire need of repair and renovation. This project was required, to keep the court operational.

Over the years, the building had suffered from poor maintenance resulting in defective paintwork, timber decay, broken glazing, ponding water on the roof etc.

Sykes completed a number of external works including roof replacement, refurbishment of existing timber and glazed cladding, decorations, re-glazing, renewal of defective timber members and general repairs. Defective cladding panels and elements were removed under controlled conditions due to the presence of Asbestos Containing Materials. Additional internal works included the refurbishment of a commercial kitchen and 3no adjoining server areas, together with major redecoration works.

The property was fully scaffolded to provide safe access for the works. A temporary roof was erected to prevent water ingress during the roof replacement. The project was heavily programmed to minimise disruption to the court and judges private offices.

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