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Wood door repairs at new FA centre

While recent controversies have re-ignited the debate over the use of so called goal-line technology in top flight football, more common photographic techniques have helped prove the value of Plastic Surgeon’s service during the construction of the FA’s new centre in Burton-on-Trent.

st georges fa centreThe UK’s only nationwide cosmetic repair service was called in by Bowmer & Kirkland to deal with a wide variety of damage done to surfaces around the complex. But in order for the client to be able to counter charge the various sub-contractors responsible for the damage, Plastic Surgeon’s three Finishers ended up taking more than 1,000 ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs of their work.

The images provide a unique visual record of a major contract and also offer a detailed insight into the company’s diverse repair techniques: covering as they do “Smart Repairs” and other making good operations to baths, shower trays, veneer doors and other interior surfaces.

Although the new centre of excellence features such facilities as 11 outdoor pitches, an indoor training facility and sports science building, the bulk of the work for the Finishers was focused on the two hotels which offer accommodation for visitors: a 5-star Hilton and a ‘Boutique’ Hampton hotel.

The Operations Manager for Plastic Surgeon, Mark Johnson, comments: “Although we had worked for Bowmer & Kirkland on a number of contracts in the past, we were asked to carry out a full day’s demonstration addressing a couple of baths, a shower tray and one of the doors in the hotel which had been damaged. Because the Hilton is a Five-star hotel, the deep scratches in some of the timber veneer doors were of particular concern to the client.

“We were up against a competitor in undertaking the demonstration but the trial repairs, done by one of  the firm’s highly trained Finishers, were so successful that the client’s site management were just blown away by what we can achieve, and we were awarded all of the work.

“As a result we have had three Finishers on site for a total of nearly 40 working days, dealing with a wide variety of repairs across all the different locations. The contract has gone extremely well and the client is delighted that everything is now virtually ready for the handover prior to the start of the new football season.”

The repairs to the hardwood veneer doors involved the Finishers restoring the scratched and damaged surface to its original profile using Plastic Surgeon’s Ultra-Premium, two-pack filler, and then smoothing it back with a succession of gradually finer abrasives.  Then, employing their extensive training in mixing and matching pigments by eye, they used fine brushes to replicate the detail of the grain pattern before applying a final coat of lacquer to protect the repair area.  The steel baths and aluminium window frames that had suffered damage were similarly restored to their original appearance.

The work was carried out with Mark Johnson calling on the help of Finishers from across Plastic Surgeon’s North-east and North-west regions, underlining the nationwide nature of the company’s service capabilities.

With more than 150 highly trained Finishers in the field, carrying their comprehensive van stocks of specialist materials and tools, the company is able to respond to the demands of very large contracts, sudden periods of high demand on sites nearing handover, or the day to day needs of contractors active across large geographic areas.

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