Challenges and Solutions
The main project challenges were handling such a delicate sculpture and ensuring that throughout the project the piece of art was not damaged in any way.
By carrying out a utility tracing survey prior to the commencement of site work, the team could provide clear and accurate results on any possible sub-surface hazards, ensuring that health and safety risks were reduced and also allowing for informed planning for future works.
The main risks being that the team were required to work with electricity, as well as working with and excavating near existing shallow cables. To manage these the team appropriately carried out isolations to the electrical supply and also utilised the appropriate signage ensuring that power was left off throughout the works. Operatives would then carry out temporary works checks and monitor this throughout the day, as well as when leaving and coming to site.
Before this could be achieved there were difficulties with the ground type as the land around the sculpture was a very hard excavation area, making it difficult for the team to dig. To ensure the project still ran on time, extra operatives were utilised to dig the ground and keep the works on schedule.
Despite testing, electrical works also had to be revisited as there was a fault with the earthing which had to be addressed quickly, with approval from the client, before the team could continue.
Throughout the project, communication with the client was also a vital element of the successful completion of the works. Before any work could be started, permits had to be obtained from Westminster City Council and seek their approval before commencing the project.
Careful liaison with the client the Sladmore Gallery’s Director, Gerry Farrell, as well as the wife of artist Nic Fiddian-Green, was also crucial to allow for the swift completion of the project to coincide our support with blood cancer awareness month.