STORE 21 SUFFER "FREAK" WEATHER EVENT THAT REMOVES BUILDINGS ROOF
Store 21’s Coalvillestore made the papers when a “freak” tornado hit the town and ripped the roof lining off the store and deposited it in the pedestrian precinct in front of the stores entrance.
PPM were requested to attend site in the early hours of the morning to make the store safe. We were then tasked to plan and manage all works on behalf of the client to allow the shop to re-commence trade as quickly as possible including delivering a temporary waterproofing solution for the roof to last a specified two days.
The PPM roofing team worked up a full scope of works and RAMS and worked in tandem with the emergency services to allow the removal of the loose roof covering and masonry debris away from pedestrian areas. All areas were then made safe including the slated front roof above the entrance. The team then designed and installed overnight, a temporary roofing structure to prevent further water ingress into the building. All plans, RAMS and works were overseen and signed off by local council H&S teams.
At the same time, our electricians carried out a Health & Safety evaluation on the internals of the store to mitigate the risk of fire posed by water ingress onto the internal electrics which resulted in the disconnection of the upper level circuits. The team then managed the movement of all of the stores stock to a nearby storage location, cleared the water from the upper elevation of the building and set up a temporary site lighting and power supply to the ground level to allow the site to resume trade. Finally, temporary hygiene facilities for the site staff were set up to meet their working needs. Within 26 hours, the PPM team managed the get the store made dry, safe and signed off by the council ready for opening the next day.
A temporary roofing structure was required to be constructed and left on the site for three weeks where it continued to protect against water ingress and allowed the business to continuing trading despite horrendous ongoing weather conditions. The full solution, once authorised by the insurers, contained a PPM design alteration to the roof that prevents the possibility of a re-occurrence in the future.