Fulmer Walk was originally a 1970s council estate built by Portsmouth City Council. The estate’s centre had been redeveloped in 2003 with new housing and buildings for the local community. In 2015, Whitescape undertook the external and communal decoration, repair and improvements to 54 units in four blocks, now occupied by a mix of private owners and tenants.

Repair and renewal programme

The work included concrete repairs, proteous waterproofing to communal stairwells, screed and asphalt renewal to private balconies, replacing private screens to balconies and new trespa infill panels to communal walkway railings. We also repointed brickwork and replaced various sections, as well as renewing shed roof coverings, installing new eco slate roof tiles, and replacing all rainwater goods.

Safety and security improvements

This programme included installing emergency and non-emergency LED lighting, and new fire and non-fire rated composite front and shed doors. External decorations included powder coating to metal works and communal stairwell decoration to reduce the impact of graffiti. Whitescape dealt directly with tenants to notify them of the works programme and arrange access. This involved considerable coordination, especially when working on the communal walkway balconies serving individual flats. The area has particular social challenges and we managed the health and safety and social integration issues both positively and professionally.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

  • 4 blocks comprising 54 units
  • Repair, redecoration and upgrading
  • LED lighting
  • Improved safety and security
  • £600K budget
  • 32 weeks

“Whitescape worked hard to maintain relationships with all residents, which was not always easy. Their approach to change management procedures was effective, and a change in site management was handled smoothly.”

Tom Marshall MRICS, Building Surveyor, Portsmouth City Council