- Westminster

Client - Institution of Civil Engineers

Description - Flood damage reinstatement

Contract Value - £650,000

Project Duration - 6 months

Significant flooding occurred to the basement of the Grade II listed head office of the ICE located in central Westminster in London just a short distance from the Houses of Parliament.


The flooding affected fifty-four rooms within the basement which had a mixture of uses including presentation and conference rooms, library, storage and plant rooms.

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We were honoured to be selected and appointed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to provide them with surveying and engineering services in respect of a major flood claim. We undertook the following works;


  • Initial appraisal and report on the extent of flood damage

  • Liaison with the restoration company to agree the extent of stripping out works

  • Preparation of a full schedule of works and specification under a JCT contract

  • Chairing pre-contract and subsequent meetings with all stakeholders

  • Undertaking interim inspections of the works and agreeing variations

  • Certifying interim and final payments

  • Appointed as Principal Designers under the Construction, Design (Management) regulations


We were also appointed by the ICE directly to incorporate additional refurbishment works running in parallel with the insurance related works. We were required to prepare and maintain comprehensive and detailed building costs clearly outlining apportionment of costs and to provide opinion where the works overlapped. An efficient logistical approach was maintained throughout the works to minimise disruption to the other occupied areas of the building.


One of the overriding challenges of the project was to complete the works within a designated timeframe to allow for the conference rooms to be marketed and re-occupied following completion. This required careful planning and programming of the works and consideration of acceleration of certain elements of the works. By fostering a strong culture of health and safety at the outset, the project was completed with zero reportable accidents or incidents.

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