Hawkes COVID-19 Mothballing/ Shutdown and maintenance of buildings

Are you a building manger or owner that currently has a building that is shut or at low occupancy due to the COVID-19/coronavirus epidemic?

Are you aware of the H&S risks associated with a vacant building?

Hawkes are available to assist with any building shutdown and re-activation during this unprecedented time, we are proud members of both BESA and REFCOM, NICEIC and constructionline we follow the latest guides as set out in SFG30.

As a building manager or owner you are still required to maintain your building(s) for security purposes; to achieve statutory compliance, and to protect the fabric and critical systems as well as satisfying any insurance implications unless you decide to ‘mothball’ your building or reduce your maintenance regime to a lower level.

 What is Mothballing? Mothballing is the deactivation and preservation of equipment or service for future use.

Every building/facility will be different and requires planning prior to any shutdown or mothballing. Hawkes have the experience and knowledge to co-ordinate a total building shutdown or assist you with any mechanical mothballing you require.

Hawkes can provide mothballing to any Chilled water, DX, Air Conditioning and Ventilation Assets you have installed, we are also happy to assist you with any other assets or liaise with your current contractors to ensure you are fully compliant and the risk to your building and assets are reduced as far as possible.

With thousands of people now working from home or prevented from travelling, many commercial buildings are moving into shutdown mode. This has huge implications for building services equipment and decisions that would normally have been planned over many months must now be taken within days.

Owners, landlords and tenants will still need to maintain their buildings for security purposes; to achieve statutory compliance, and to protect the fabric and critical systems as well as satisfying any insurance implications.

SFG-30 takes users through a step-by-step process for maintaining critical services during this low occupancy period ready for rapid and full reactivation when business returns to normal. This includes key elements such as keeping water systems safe and healthy (in line with the Health & Safety Executive’s L8 rules for legionella control); both active and passive fire protection systems; safe handling of refrigerant gases; electrical and gas service safety checks and ventilation hygiene. It also explains how to maintain security systems and lifts if they are still in service etc.