We are passionate & driven to deliver the desired effect, quality and intricate design to exceed the expectations of our clients’. Many trade experts are required to meet those expectations, but few have all the expertise required in all professions in-house. Through investment and by employing the right personnel in our Rudwall system, we do.
We manufacture and assemble all elements of our vanity, urinal and cubicle Rudwall modules off-site at our factory in Flitwick, Bedfordshire. This is managed by our long standing and trusted workforce.
The advantages of off-site manufacture are as follows:
- Shorter Installation Times: Providing the main contractor and developer with faster core completion, reducing risk, increasing return on investment with potential for early rental or sales income for client, all of which result in lower holdings cost.
- Predictable Build Times: With more controlled project programming, you know what is going to happen and when.
- Better Build Quality: Working in a clean and dry manufacturing environment is far more conducive to the production of a quality product than on a traditional building site. This in turn leads to fewer defects, less disputes and ultimately a happier client.
- Health & Safety: There are more on-site construction injuries and fatalities in comparison to off-site manufactured products. This is clearly a reflection of a safer single level working environment.
- See the Finished Product: Prototype washrooms can be produced and signed off by contractor and client. Quality and finish of product is agreed at this stage, avoiding defects and disputes at completion of project.
- Centralised Control: Purchasing for the main contractor is simplified with one contractor. Buying a number of trades and materials from one source reduces procurement resource time and effort resulting in cost savings.
- Less Demand on Resources: A reduction of on-site labour requirements in a time of skilled labour shortages enables subcontractors to utilise their workforce more efficiently in open spaces, rather than congested spaces. 80% of mechanical works and 25% of electrical works carried out off site. Handover defects are minimised, with client approvals signed at the factory and prior to handover. Material and labour movements in hoists are minimised. On-site welfare facilities are minimised.
- Less Construction Disruption: Work on-site is safer, quieter and cleaner. Potentially up to 60% fewer vehicle journeys to site, which assists with less disruption around the sensitive worksite.
- Environment Friendly: Factory manufacture is inherently less wasteful than traditional forms of construction and thus more sustainable, specifically; fewer deliveries to site, meaning less noise, dust and disruption. Lower waste to landfill reducing on-site waste removal and disposal costs. Factory waste material is typically less than 1.5% compared with 7% + on a traditional construction site and recycling of waste is more reliably controlled in a factory environment than it is on-site. Factory operatives are up to 250% more efficient than the same activity carried out on-site. Recent life-cycle analysis has demonstrated that off-site construction methods reduce the overall impact on the environment by at least 40%.
The following list of projects have benefited from a highly successful RUDWALL installation:
- 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) – partial form
- The Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater) – fully developed
- 5 Broadgate
- Bloomberg’s headquarters
- 52 Lime Street (Scalpel)
- Rathbone Square
Design – the key to success:
Design is the key to all projects, ensuring that we provide all parties with a fully coordinated, coherent and detailed design which is facilitated by Building Information Modelling (BIM) .
We monitor both ‘factory’ and ‘on-site’ production to ISO9001:2008 quality management standards.
Rudwall is specifically monitored for both the prefabrication and on-site phases as follows:
- Off-site prefabrication inspection and test plan
- Hold points for each installation operation; EOS, panels, glass, sanitaryware, M & E
- Signed off by operative and supervisor/QA manager
- Mechanical elements tested, witnessed and signed off
- Pipework marked prior to cutting to ensure accurate realignment and connection
- Electrical elements dead tested
- QA documentation accompanies Rudwall to site
- On-site Installation Inspection and Test Plan
- Elements inspected at delivery point
- Preceding trades own QA check, client verified, handovers
- Installation checklists for each element: photos/client sign off
- M & E reconnected and tested back to supplies/stacks
- Void closure management
- Coordination/attendance for overall building testing and commissioning
- Handover of completed, snag free WC