During the summer of 2019, the University of Stirling estate was severely impacted by flood damage with 23 buildings requiring restoration. With the risk of impact to the day to day business of the University, the priorities were to preserve buildings, minimise the impact of the loss, and enable the University to be operational in September (10 weeks later). The University needed to be able to continue its summer programmes with as little disruption as possible, and to hold its summer graduation ceremonies.
Faithful+Gould led an initial emergency response team in the days following the flood, to direct a multi-faceted response which also included an intensive and intrusive survey programme to identify and quantify the extent of the damage. Thereafter, we led a multi-disciplinary team in the subsequent reinstatement works, which involved development of individual building briefs, preparation of schedules of works and management of contractors to execute the restoration.
The estate comprises a wide variety of buildings and has both Grade A and B listed buildings. We worked with specialists to assess the different building types, such as specialist conservation architects and planners, to ensure that the reinstatement works were designed and sympathetic to the original building concepts.
This was a fast-paced and challenging programme, working under pressure and making/facilitating swift and realistic decisions that kept the programme moving along. We immediately mobilised 12 highly experienced surveyors from our UK-wide team at very short notice, to immediately commence the emergency response and inspection programme, through to taking forward the planning and delivery phases. Adopting this approach, our team ensured it was still ‘business as usual’ for the University in what was very difficult circumstances.