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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Liverpool

VolkerLaser delivered sensitive refurbishment of the renowned Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; the leading international institution in the fight against infectious, debilitating and disabling diseases.

Protecting the ageing structure

Approaching the school’s 115th anniversary, it was apparent that parts of the listed structure were failing due to corrosion of the building’s steel frame. In order to protect the institution for decades to come, it was decided that an impressed Cathodic Protection System would be applied to the frame. Areas of cracked and broken brickwork were also replaced to match the existing structure, and any failed mortar was re-pointed. Working on four elevations, access to the building proved difficult due to the fragmented and disjointed manner in which the build has expanded over the years; nevertheless, VolkerLaser skilfully utilised cradle access to overcome this issue with ease.

Environmental considerations

Access to the roof was also re-routed due to the school’s possession of highly venomous snakes, retained to develop vital anti-venoms and vaccines, in addition to insects contaminated with a plethora of diseases.  In order to protect both staff and specimen alike, VolkerLaser received specialist site inductions regarding the dangers and risks contained within the building, as well as informed of strict procedures to adhere to when carrying out works. 

A quality delivery

During the project, workmen identified a substantial amount of defective and sub-standard brickwork. Adhering to VolkerLaser’s ethos of providing clients with nothing but the highest quality of stable and secure structures, supplementary works were appointed to extend the Cathodic Protection system to cover additional steel frame sections. A revised programme was agreed accordingly.

Facts and figures

  • Client
    Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Value
    £237,000
  • Duration
    July 2013 to December 2013
  • Project categories
    Building

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