Queens Gardens is a sequence of gardens in the centre of Kingston Upon Hull. They are set out within a 9.75 acre dock area that until 1930 was filled with the waters of Queens Dock. As the dock was not fully filled in, the gardens are largely below the level of the surrounding streets.

We were awarded the contract to provide surface preparation and intumescent painting work for Colpin Ltd in August 2018. Our works formed part of a major renovation project to convert the old Queens Gardens Police Station site into 89 new apartments. The existing building was extended by 2 storeys which provided further contract work for our Scunthorpe branch.

Jack Tighe Ltd operatives received a site induction to ensure safe working practices and PPE requirements were complied with. Site induction covered all emergency arrangements and muster points.

Access to the working area was via a combination of MEWPs, mobile aluminium towers and fixed scaffold with temporary containment. All MEWP operators held in-date certified IPAF papers and all mobile towers were erected and checked by a competent PASMA operative.

Following our Company risk assessment, examples of operations identified with specific hazards were:

  • Use of scaffolding – fall of persons from height
  • Application of paint by airless spray – contamination of skin
  • Working in occupied premises – fire
  • Slips, trips and falls – access/egress
  • Storage of materials on site – environmental contamination
  • Noise – exposure to noise in the workplace
  • Use of aluminium mobile tower scaffold – uneven/unstable ground conditions


The specification of the works began with the removal of surface contaminates (concrete), followed by the application of Sherwin Williams Firetex FX1003 (solvent based intumescent paint) to achieve 60 minutes of fire protection. The paint was applied by airless spray gun, brush or roller.

Our SSSTS accredited site supervisor was responsible for ensuring our workforce had been briefed regarding all safety and security information prior to work commencing. Also, site supervisor/operatives were responsible for undertaking ‘Take 5’ point of work assessment checks to ensure all plant and equipment was in good working order, and to identify any extra safety precautions required.

Jack Tighe Ltd has a Sustainability Policy and holds ISO 14001 accreditation. Our principal waste consisted of empty paint tins, which were returned to Head Office using our Waste Carriers Licence and placed in a dedicated 40 cubic yard skip for onward recycling by our registered waste disposal contractor when full.

The number of workers peaked at 3 and contract works were completed to programme in January 2019 for a value of £40,000.

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