Weather forecasters were proved right on Thursday 5 December 2013 when at 18.45 flood defences in the City of Hull were breached. The combination of severe weather and high tides resulted in 5.8m tidal surge topping flood defences and docks.
Hull is the Headquarters of Smith & Nephew’s Advanced Wound Management Division and is where some of the most innovative wound management dressings in the healthcare market are manufactured.
The lower offices and wound manufacturing facility of the company’s 550,000 sq ft site was flooded to a height of 2-3ft from contaminated seawater.
Houlton was invited by Smith & Nephew to repair the Healthcare House facility and ensure the building was returned to its original condition prior to the flooding. The area involved covered approximately 2,300 square meters and included offices, meeting rooms, reception areas, post room, store room, computer room, corridors and stairwells.
Houlton initially visited the site on 9 December 2013 and by working extended hours over the Christmas holiday period achieved completion by 12 January 2014, by which time the offices looked brand new following a massive effort by our local supply chain.
The work included conducting surveys, providing a report from specialist consultant, carrying out removal of damaged finishes, building works, new finishes and mechanical, electrical and ICT services works.
David Stephenson, Project Manager at Smith & Nephew, said: “It is great to see employees return to the office area. Throughout the project the Houlton’s team were professional and there was an outstanding effort to meet our very challenging time-scales.”