McGill were appointed by Caledonia Housing Association to carry out porch improvement works at Bowerswell Cottages, Perth.

The establishment was opened to create a "living" war memorial to the fallen in the Second World War. The grounds consist of the main house with recreational rooms, 20 cottages and 21 flats.

Works consisted of replacement porches and associated drainage to 20 cottages. New external doors and windows were fitted and the insulation was upgraded. 

Porches were formed using timber stud framing and plywood covered with Tyvek- an air and water barrier for more durable energy efficient homes.  The inside of the porch was insulated and cladded with 12.5mm moisture resistant plasterboard and timber skirting and new floor coverings were installed. Upgrading of loft insulation to all properties was carried out.

The project was finished externally with new boundary walls, hard and soft landscaping and access ramps to DDA standards.

The next phase of the works includes formation of new ramps and carpark, repairs to garage roofs and replacement of asbestos roofs to outbuildings.

The restrictions faced on this project were; working in a City Centre location with restricted access and adjacent neighbours. The grounds were quite tight so access for vans with visiting buses and local council Lorries arriving throughout the day and week was an issue we had to overcome.  

The work commenced on November 2014 with all phases to be completed by June 2015.

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Key Facts

Client: Caledonia Housing Association
Contract Value: £256k
Project Duration: 10 weeks per phase
Architect: McLaren, Murdoch & Hamilton
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