Transforming Marsh Farm

The Marsh Farm regeneration project is a three-year programme to rejuvenate the estate across three phases and renovate Luton High Rise to increase energy sufficiency and safety.

ENGIE has been appointed by Luton Borough Council to transform Marsh Farm - an integral step into helping the council’s wider plan for major town-wide transformations. We’re regenerating the Marsh Farm estate by constructing new homes and refurbishing some of the tower blocks.

The first area of the project is the regeneration, where we are currently working on the third phase of a three phased project. Phase one and two are now complete, meaning 24 units have been built along with retail space. We are currently working on phase 3 which is construction of 94 new homes.

Supporting this significant project, is the renovating of the Luton High Rise, which seeks to integrate state of the art technology into the homes of Penhill and Leabank. This includes a combination of internal and external works to improve energy efficiency within the two blocks.

A link to the project overview is on the righthand side which provides highlights of the three phases and more information about ENGIE.

On Twitter and near the Marsh Farm site? Tweet us a picture of the works using #transformingmarshfarm.


The Marsh Farm regeneration project is a three-year programme to rejuvenate the estate across three phases and renovate Luton High Rise to increase energy sufficiency and safety.

ENGIE has been appointed by Luton Borough Council to transform Marsh Farm - an integral step into helping the council’s wider plan for major town-wide transformations. We’re regenerating the Marsh Farm estate by constructing new homes and refurbishing some of the tower blocks.

The first area of the project is the regeneration, where we are currently working on the third phase of a three phased project. Phase one and two are now complete, meaning 24 units have been built along with retail space. We are currently working on phase 3 which is construction of 94 new homes.

Supporting this significant project, is the renovating of the Luton High Rise, which seeks to integrate state of the art technology into the homes of Penhill and Leabank. This includes a combination of internal and external works to improve energy efficiency within the two blocks.

A link to the project overview is on the righthand side which provides highlights of the three phases and more information about ENGIE.

On Twitter and near the Marsh Farm site? Tweet us a picture of the works using #transformingmarshfarm.


  • Resident Update - Mar 2021

    17 Mar 2021

    Site update

    Works are continuing with concrete repairs on the ground floor, which have now been completed to three of the four elevations. By the time you receive your newsletter, the concrete repairs, including some coatings, should have progressed up to the west elevation (by the refuse bins and the area by the access road to Penhill).

    That is not the end, as mentioned in our previous newsletter, there are also some remedial works to be done at Leabank by the nursery including CCTV cabling, plus the removal of gantry and mastclimber parts from the scaffold. In a nutshell:

    - Brickslip insulation to ground floor levels at Penhill and possibly Leabank towards the end of the next month
    - Removal of all remaining gantry scaffold and mastclimbers around the blocks
    - Concrete repair surveys and repairs and painting to the ground and first floors as the scaffold is removed
    - Ground reinstatement as the scaffold is removed
    - Low level completion of rainscreen panels to the first and second floors. Mobile elevated working platforms (MEWP), scissor lifts and mobile towers will be used for these works, so residents need to observe all barriers and safety signage. Access to the ground, first and second floor flats will be required for boiler isolations.

    Our two main concerns are related to access difficulties and the restrictions due to the coronavirus. That's why we kindly ask you to assist us when requested to do so, as you have already been doing, which we appreciate, by responding at your earliest convenience to any correspondence we may send you.

    It is also just as important, during this period of dismantling or removal of scaffold and as we focus mainly on the ground, first and second floors, to remain diligent and observe all notices and safety signage, which are there for your safety and overall wellbeing. Particularly, those relating to the feeding of pigeons.

    Standing tall and blending into the background of the sky and natural landscape, one thing is certain, whether you are a resident of Leabank and Penhill, a visitor or someone who lives in the area, you can't help but admire the transformation and now an added feature it has brought to Marsh Farm.

    We hope you found this update useful. If you have any suggestions or comments for our next update, please feel free to contact Delroy on 07813 548 526.


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  • Resident Update - Feb 2021

    23 Feb 2021

    The end is in sight...

    If you are not already aware, it shouldn't be too hard to spot that the end is nearly in sight.

    Much of the works is now concentrated at the lower levels of the block. What this means is that, whilst there is scaffold dismantling and concrete repairs including surveys being carried out to both blocks, residents who live at the lower level, will begin to experience some noise and disruption as experienced already by those living above and higher up. Whilst this unfortunately cannot be helped, we can assure you that it is only temporary.

    Where works have finished above and we are able to strike the scaffold, painting to the ground floor and first floor will follow.

    Instead of going into great lengths or too much detail, we want to share simply and briefly what works you can expect next month.

    • Brickslip insulation to ground floor levels at Penhill and possibly Leabank towards the end of next month
    • Removal of all remaining gantry scaffold and mastclimbers around the blocks
    • Concrete repair surveys and repairs and painting to the ground and first floor as the scaffold is removed
    • Ground reinstatement as the scaffold is removed

    Completion of rainscreen panels to first and second floors on both blocks. Mobile elevated working platform, scissor lifts and mobile towers will be used for these works, so residents will need to observe all barriers and safety signage. Access to the ground floor and first and second floor flats will be required for boiler isolations.

    We will continue to keep you updated by letter, phone, text, email or directly of any changes or further developments to our plans.

    We ask that you reply to all correspondence received from us, as this can have far reaching consequences to not only the project's completion date but also other residents. Please also remain diligent and observe all notices and safety signs, which are there for your overall wellbeing.

    We hope you found the information above useful. If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in the next newsletter, please contact us with your comments.

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  • Pancake Day 2021

    16 Feb 2021
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  • Resident Update - Jan 2021

    11 Feb 2021

    Pigeon Problems!

    Since our last issue, much has happened in terms of the work and COVID-19. As we start 2021 with news of another lockdown, we want to firstly thank you for your continued co-operation and patience with the works and towards our staff last year - it made such a difference.

    We want to reassure you that despite the impact of COVID-19 and its uncertainty, we are close to finishing these long awaited external works, and whether it's by phone, text, email or face-to-face, we will use every resource available to us, to see this final stage of the works safely to the end with minimal disruption.

    Your continued support in keeping appointments or responding to requests to contact us to confirm access for works to be done in your homes is greatly appreciated and helps us complete the works quicker without delays or inconvenience to others.

    Your would would be further welcomed in tackling an ongoing problem, raised briefly in previous newsletters. No matter how well intentioned this gesture may seem, it is attracting pigeons. Pigeons are roosting in the blocks where residents are feeding them, and despite the anti-guano measures we have installed, the pigeons are finding ever more cunning ways of roosting, such as projections from the building, which we cannot spike.

    I'd like to remind you that throwing food out and/or feeding the pigeons, serves to feed more rats than it does pigeons, which creates a health hazard for both the birds and residents. Not only is it unsightly but bird droppings can also in addition to being a carrier of disease, corrode stone work and damage buildings.

    Whilst on the subject of do's and don'ts, please be aware of the strict compliance that, 'nothing must be fitted or fixed to the cladding installed within the balcony areas'. This is very important because it is not designed to take any weight e.g. do not drill into cladding to fit a washing line.

    There are only two elevations left where the installation of rainscreen panelling is still required, this is complete down to scaffold level. The ground and first floor levels will be completed from the ground, once the scaffold gantries which support the mastclimbers are removed.

    Over the next month, our main focus will be the dismantling of the mastclimber and scaffold to Penhill East / South, and the nursery half of Leabank West. Once the scaffold is clear from the blocks, we will be able to finish off the very lower levels with rainscreen panelling, as well as carry out concrete repair surveys and repairs to the ground and first floor areas.

    In terms of resident information, the emphasis continues to be on internal access to the finish the few remaining boiler isolations highlighted above, including the fitting of cladding to internal balconies. Refusing to give us access not only impedes our progress, in terms of completing the elevation so the remaining mastclimbers can be removed, but also inconveniences other residents and pushes further back the date of this project coming to an end.

    Reminders

    Block entrances will be closed temporarily for different reasons at different times over the next few months to carry out our works where the public will need to be excluded for their own safety. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and ask residents to take note of any future letters posted or notices displayed locally within the foyer as this occurs.

    In these uncertain times and particularly with the ever-changing news on COVID-19, we continue to remind everyone to take the necessary precautions and follow government guidance.

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  • September Resident Newsletter

    06 Oct 2020
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    Steady progress is continuing...

    We continue to make steady progress with our limited workforce as a result of COVID-19 workplace restrictions. In response to government and industry guidance, our priority continues to be the safeguarding of our employees, contractors, client and general members of the public.

    We continue to regularly monitor, review and develop flexible ways of working, to ensure safe working conditions (e.g. social distancing, regular hand washing, mandatory temperature checks and compliance marshalling etc.) - see photo A below.

    Photo A - COVID-19 cleaning

    The installation of anti-pigeon spikes (see photo B below) on projection points is now complete, however the installation of window frames, fire breaks and flashings etc. on both the east and west elevations continue.

    Photo B - Pigeon spikes installation

    In our last issue we mentioned how, apart from the lower levels, the north and south elevations of Leabank and Penhill have seen the panels installed and the mastclimber taken down, including cleaning the windows as we descend. Likewise, we are carrying out the same cleaning operation with the rainscreen panels (see photo C below).

    Photo C - Cleaning rainscreen panels

    Works are currently continuing with the installation of rainscreen panels and flashings to the main elevations and balconies - the east elevation of both blocks (Wauluds Bank Drive side). As we complete each elevation, the plan is to remove the mastclimber as previous - see photo D below.

    Photo D - Dismantling mastclimber

    You may have noticed that the main area of remaining cladding is around your flues and balconies. We are currently looking at the best way to tackle this with minimum disruption to you as residents. Both operations will involve access into your home, which is crucial, but one involves the turning off and recommissioning again of your boiler, to ensure safe working around gas flues. We want you to know in advance, that we anticipate the first of these operations to commence nearer the end of this month or early October 2020.

    In these uncertain times and particularly with the ever-changing news on COVID-19, we continue to remind everyone to take the necessary precautions and follow government guidance about the coronavirus. Importantly, please observe the signs, notices and correspondence, placed around the estate for your overall safety and well-being.

    IMPORTANT REMINDER: Food and cigarette waste

    You may not be aware of this, but a good deal of our time is spent tidying and cleaning up the mess left by someone else. It has gotten so bad that much of our time and resources are spent tackling this, rather than focusing on completing the essential works. We constantly get asked, when will this project finish? When is the end date? Hopefully, you will now understand why it is difficult to answer these questions.

    As stated previously, we have employed a full time Site Cleaning Operative. Not only to ensure that our site compound, working areas and workstations are cleaned regularly, but in liaison with Luton Borough Council, to maintain wider estate cleaning. Therefore we respectfully request that no food, packaging, cans, liquids, cigarette ends or other rubbish is thrown from balconies or windows. The amount of cigarette ends found on our scaffold is particularly concerning as this presents a considerable fire hazard to the blocks. Food and packaging thrown from balconies also attracts unwanted vermin - see photo E below.

    Photo E - Food waste on scaffolding

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  • July Resident Newsletter

    16 Jul 2020
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    Since Site was remobilised on Friday 24 April 2020, and works resumed on Wednesday 6 May 2020, we are glad to be back up and running. Particularly as we like many of you, would like to see the long-awaited end to these works. We continue to make a steady progress with a limited workforce due to Covid-19 workplace restrictions.

    As part of the post Covid-19 ‘return to work’ programme, we have had to adapt our site and put measures in place in accordance with government and industry guidance. Our priority continues to be the safeguarding of our employees, contractors, client and members of the public. We continue to regularly monitor, review and develop flexible ways of working, to ensure safe working conditions; such measures include social distancing, regular Washing of Hands / use of Hand Sanitiser, mandatory temperature checks and compliance marshalling.

    With the exception of the lower levels, the North and South elevations of Leabank and Penhill have seen the Panels installed and the Mast Climbers taken down (see photo below).

    You may have noticed that in addition to fitting the panels and addressing ad hoc works, we have also been cleaning the Windows and installing anti Pigeon spikes on projection points as we descend.


    Works will continue with the installation of Firebreaks around Windows and communal / Dwelling Party Walls lines generally on all elevations. Additionally, the installation of Rainscreen panels and Flashings to the main elevations and Balconies will continue, mainly the East (Wauluds Bank Drive side) elevation of both blocks.

    We continue to remind everyone to observe the signs, notices, and any correspondences which are placed around the Estate for your overall safety and well-being. We also ask that you take the necessary precautions and follow government guidance in regard to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

    If you have any queries or concerns regarding the works we are doing, please do not hesitate to contact any of the site team on the contact numbers provided (Monday to Friday 08:00 – 17:00).

    (A + B) Signage: On site, we have introduced signage and floor markings to help remind everyone to comply with the minimum 2m social distancing guidance. Accommodation and Storage areas have also been individually signed to indicate the maximum number of persons permitted within them at any one time.


    A

    B

    (C + D) Estate Cleaning: You may not realise it, but cleaning is not reserved for hands only, any touch points or surface areas that our hands will make contact with, need to be cleansed and sanitised regularly. Some of these include Door Handles, Taps, Furniture, Handrails, Gates and Tools.

    To ensure that nobody is placed at unnecessary risk, we have a dedicated full-time Site cleaning operative to ensure that our compound, working areas and workstations are cleaned on a regular basis. We also liaise and assist Luton Borough Council to maintain wider Estate cleaning. To assist ENGIE and your landlord in keeping the Estate tidy, we would also respectfully request that no Food, Packaging, Cans, liquids or Cigarette ends are thrown from the Balconies or Windows. The amount of Cigarette ends which have been found on the Scaffold is of great concern to us and presents a considerable Fire hazard to the Blocks. Food and Packaging thrown from Balconies will also attract vermin.

    C

    D


  • June Resident Newsletter

    14 Jun 2020

    Works description/updates

    Thank you for your patience:


    We would like to take this opportunity to show our appreciation and say a big thank you, on behalf of ENGIE, to you, the residents, for your continued patience and overwhelming co-operation since we started the works up to now. We know many of you have taken an interest in the works being carried out and some have enquired as to what is happening, but more importantly, when will the works end. Given the current situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have taken a cautious but steady approach, since remobilising our workforce and returning to the site on Thursday 30th April.



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    We will be pressing forward with the works:

    We can assure you that in collaboration with your landlord and their consultants, we are doing our utmost to progress things along as quickly as possible, but in a safe and controlled manner. Please understand that, because of the uniqueness of this pandemic, and with all the will in the world, our best efforts and the health and safety measures implemented to combat this, things are subject to change. However, we remain positive and proactive, doing all we can, given the government’s medical advice and guidelines, to progress forward with the works. With a significantly reduced workforce, we have still managed to replace the communal windows at Leabank and Penhill. We have made some progress with the installation of the rainscreen panels and are close to finnishing the parapet panels to the roof with capping flashings around the perimeter of both the Leabank and Penhill blocks. Once this is complete, we plan to remove the mast tracks on the north and south elevations of both blocks, addressing ad-hoc works as we descend (e.g. cleaning windows and installing pigeon spikes etc). Works to follow will include the installation of firebreaks between the flue pipes and party wall, as well as external balcony panel installations on the east and west elevations of both blocks. Lastly, we cannot stress or remind everyone enough to observe the signs, notices, and any correspondence, which are for your overall safety and wellbeing. Also, to take the necessary precautions, to act responsibly and as advised, regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have any queries or concerns regarding the works being undertaken by ENGIE, please contact your Resident Liaison Officer, Delroy on 07813 548 526.


    Installing sub-grid and insulation:
    The insulation being used on the roof of Leabank provides acoustic, thermal and fire protection solutions, which helps achieve the Council’s aim of reducing energy consumption.

    Capping flashing:
    This acts as a weather resistant barrier system, allowing water to run clear of the wall edge). When installed, it can provide a very attractive, cosmetic improvement.
  • Site update 27th May

    27 May 2020

    We remobilised Site on Thursday 30th April and spent the following few days preparing the Site for resumption of works in line with our “Golden Rules” on Wednesday 6th May. We are currently working on Site in limited numbers due to Covid restrictions, and while there has been some work carried out on the main elevations facades, most of the current works are being undertaken is to the Roof Parapets.

    Over the next few weeks, on both blocks, we will be striking the Mastclimber access to the North and South Elevations, and commencing with external Balcony Panel installations on the East and West Elevations.

  • Safe Together

    18 May 2020

    Simon Lacey, Regional Managing Director, takes you through ENGIE’s new working processes following the UK Government's updated COVID-19 guidance on 10/5/2020


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  • IMPORTANT UPDATE

    31 Mar 2020

    IMPORTANT UPDATE RE: SITE CLOSURE OF PENHILL AND LEABANK BLOCKS

    Dear residents,

    We hope you are safe and well during these extraordinary times. As we are sure you can appreciate, we are unable to progress the cladding works to your blocks while adhering to safe working practices as advised by Government. We have therefore had no option but to cease site operations until Government social distancing guidelines are removed and works can progress unhindered.

    We will therefore be closing down site entirely at 5pm on 1st April 2020 for an undetermined period of time, we shall keep you updated as and when we will be commencing site operations.

    ENGIE will still be responding to emergency issues during this period, therefore if you need to report an emergency please call us on 0800 328 7244.