Bath and North East Somerset Council - Guildhall
Sector - Local Government
Length of Contract - 22 weeks
Services - external decoration, masonry, roof repairs and pest control
What was our client looking for? Bath and North East Somerset Council was looking for a partner to carry out a variety of property maintenance services to the Guildhall in Bath. Through external decorations, masonry and roof repairs the Council wanted to restore the Guildhall to its former glory.
How did we help? Mitie is an outsourcing company providing clients with a huge range of services. This meant we were able to provide Bath and North East Somerset Council with the full range of services they were looking for, all delivered by our in-house team of experts. Our Facilities Management division was also able to provide the pest control services as part of the contract so our client could benefit from working with a single supplier.
As the Guildhall is in the centre of Bath, ensuring health and safety of the public in and around the building was a top priority. The scaffolding was erected with particular care to ensure the public where not in danger, and on the section of pavement that the scaffolding covered we built a covered pedestrian walkway so the public could continue to safely use the pavement.
There are numerous Council departments, services and teams operating from the Guildhall, including wedding planners, security officers, Councillors and social services teams. This meant we had to work very closely with the client to ensure excellent communication about the works to everyone in the building.
First class communication was particularly important because the Guildhall is a public building which holds numerous events throughout the year, so our programme of works has to be carefully planned around these activities. This caused numerous challenges for our team as we had to ensure that the events weren't impacted by the works. We made sure that the scaffolding nets were removed for the fireworks display on 5th November and the scaffolding was completely taken down for a visit from the Duchess of Cornwall to turn on the Christmas lights. Our team also had to logistically manage erecting scaffolding to the back of the building at the same time as the Christmas market was setting up. However, the Mitie team took all of these challenges in their stride and ensured the client was satisfied with our work 100% of the time.
The result? Despite the challenges of working in this listed, public building our team completed a great job without affecting the events being held at the Guildhall. Furthermore, this beautiful building in the centre of the majestic City of Bath has been restored to its former glory.