West Midlands Contractor Works on Prison Roofs

An example of the type of work carried out on prison property

A WEST MIDLANDS roofing contractor has worked on a number of projects for Her Majesty’s Prison Service across the UK.

Jones and Woolman UK has worked on smoke vents, ventilation, roof upstands, fabrication, sealing in situ, valley gutters, flashing intersections, natural daylight systems, and wind catchers.

The company has also been contracted for ongoing maintenance works.

Neil Boylan, Contracts Manager at Jones and Woolman UK said, “The steep roofs are challenges on prison contracts. Many years ago, you might have prisoners climbing out of windows and sitting on roofs, so they’re now designed to be very steep to avoid this. Consequently, access makes it very challenging in these projects and we use cherry pickers and truck-mount cherry pickers to get around security fences and other obstacles.”

Staff management for prison contracts

Additional access complications come from the stringent security checks required for working on HM Prison Service contracts. However, Jones and Woolman UK’s staff are all pre-emptively DBS checked and undertake drug and alcohol testing to ensure suitability when working with such clients.

The company also used Building Information Modelling (BIM) in order to complete the work in a timely and streamlined manner, necessary due to access restrictions and regulations specific to the prison service.

BIM models are used to highlight potential issues that might be experienced during projects or ongoing maintenance works, which can then be passed onto main contractors as well as adapted off-site, in advance.

Boylan continued: “We use a lot of 3D BIM models rather than the standard technical drawings. By moving the models around on the computer screen, we can foresee any problems that might occur or cause issues with progression of the project.

“Then we can explain the situation to the main contractor and show when we need to perform our works to avoid any issues.”

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