We are planning to commence ECM works at Ancrum / Morven at the tail end of the 17/18 Financial year and I would confirm this will include a repaint to the stairwells and landings. Unfortunately this development is of a traditional build so is not a priority for External Insulation as it will have received cavity insulation in the past.
Cost per block1. Builder work to form shafts £ 9,9002. Steelwork, lintels, render etc £ 5,2003. Roof £ 4,0004. Lift Car £30,0005. Power etc £ 4,0006. Prelims £ 8,0007. Contingencies (10% as @ budget stage) £ 6,000sub-total £67,1008. Fees @8.5% £5,700Total £72,800
The costs provided by City Architects are based on tender rates for similar works for recently competitively tendered projects.
These are substantial works including the need for 6.5m high rendered blockwork lift shaft, foundations and pit for the lift motor, the new lift shaft would have a mono pitch timber and single ply membrane roof. Allowances must be made for integration with the existing stairwell and the existing access deck at first floor level. Alterations to the existing access deck would also be required.
Within the cost there is an allowance for a new three phase electrical supply required to power the lift, also links to telephone line and fire detection. An allowance has been made for contractors preliminaries i.e. site set up and ongoing site running costs based on current pricing. An allowance has also been made for contingencies to cover unforeseen costs which is standard estimating procedure. Design fees etc must also be included.
In addition to the installation costs there would be significant ongoing running costs associated with lifts including health and safety monthly maintenance visits, emergency call out response and reactive maintenance.
There is no capital or revenue budget provision for such works. These are significant costs. Given that there is an overall surplus of sheltered accommodation within the City, from which the needs of those requiring sheltered housing can be met, it seems it would be difficult to justify such expenditure.
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From Monday 15th August, there will be changes to the Friendly Bus – the shopping service for sheltered housing residents.
Back in August, I was pleased to report that the Housing Department had promised me that improvements to the car park and roadway at the Ancrum Place side of the Morven Terrace/Ancum Place sheltered housing would take place.
These have now been carried out – and what an improvement!
I am pleased to report good news I received today from the City Council’s Housing Strategy Manager :“Dear Cllr Macpherson
I refer to your previous correspondence on the poor state of the car park at Ancrum Place.
In order to address the problems residents are facing here a contribution from the risk management fund has been made to enable Housing to carry out repairs to the car park.
These repairs will now be instructed via City Engineers. I will keep you updated on the timescale for completion of the repairs.”
As the car park and road area is in very poor condition, I have been concerned about this, particularly as it is used by elderly people who live in the nearby sheltered housing. I am therefore very pleased that the Housing Department has responded positively to the request that the car park area be improved.
The sheltered lounge in Tullideph Place is currently undergoing renovations and I recently asked the City Council Housing Department about progress with the works.
I was advised by the City Council yesterday that, because of the works at the lounge, residents who normally vote there will instead vote at the Morven Terrace sheltered lounge at the forthcoming General Election.