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Cladding Restoration


Property Maintenance

All materials and access were included in the cost. Without the need of using scaffolds, we saved not only money for our client, but also time and unnecessary headaches.

Spectrum offers a vast range of specialist external building maintenance services with the benefit of using highly skilled IRATA trained abseilers avoiding all distress of erecting scaffolding.

The face of the building is so important to its longevity but also for its worth as a dirty and damaged façade will lower the value of the property. As time goes by if the façade is taken care of, the repairs and restorations become more and more expensive and complex.

The Project

This building is in the heart of Soho and was in desperate need of a cladding cleaning. Spectrum was able to quote for Cladding Restoration via Rope Access, fulfilling the client's needs. Before the quote was provided, a site visit was carried out. It was important for us to understand the level of dirt and, most importantly, how to access the building.

This project was completed by several IRATA-trained abseilers on the higher elevations and was assisted by one ground team of cladding restoration specialists that worked on the lower sections of the building including the basement. This project was completed in 2 weeks as planned. The cleaning was carried out using a cladding restoration product that will help restore the vibrance to the cladding, and specialist buffing machines.


The Site

Located in central London where many streets are one-way and narrow, minimal disruption was a must for our client. Luckily, Spectrum has a façade restoration specialist team that covers a full spectrum of access, allowing us to choose the best access method for the job which included IRATA certified abseilers.

After the site visit was carried out, the client advised that they were waiting for other contractors to provide their quotes. In the first stage, the client awarded the works to another contractor. However, after a few weeks, the client contacted Spectrum advising that they have decided to proceed with Spectrum, as things didn’t work out with the previous contractor.

We were more than happy to hear from the client, and after checking our May diary we promptly suggested some dates to start the cladding cleaning restoration. 

The date was set, but it was important that Spectrum would carry out the sample cleaning before the works commence to ensure the client is happy with the benchmark and quality. Therefore, two weeks before the start date, Spectrum did the sample which was completed successfully. Despite this first sample being successful, Spectrum decided to carry out a second sample using a second option and product that we wanted to test just to make sure the best solution was being offered to the client. Both samples were carried out at no additional charge to the client.  Spectrum had a very clear plan of work to follow to accomplish the best result possible. 

We had some access challenges on the curved areas of the cladding. We had to think outside the box to rig our ropes safely under IRATA guidelines so these areas could be cleaned safely and at the same standard as the rest of the building.


Custom Solutions

Our specialist cladding cleaning & restoration teams, ground floor team and rope access team, we're committed to providing the best possible result, and giving back the original colour and shine to the cladding panels using specialist products and methods.

After 2 site visits, we agreed on the specialist metal restoration product that offered better results to the client. To get better results, we used a buffing machine that helped polish the metal work reestablishing the vibrance and colour in the cladding.

All materials and access were included in the cost. Without the need of using scaffolds, we saved not only money for our client, but also time and all headaches the road/sidewalk disruption would cause.


Providing  Results - No Matter The Challenge

The cladding cleaning restoration was a success. After we provided the completion report, the client said, “You have done a very good job in cleaning the cladding on this building.” We passed on the feedback to the teams on site and they couldn’t feel prouder of the result.

Spectrum offers more than twenty services across the UK. Our team are more than happy to help you with any of your questions. 

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