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Plastic Surgeon puts the finishing touches to Dumfries & Galloway Hospital

Helping Laing O’Rourke put the finishing touches to this £270m project

Plastic Surgeon puts the finishing touches to Dumfries & Galloway Hospital

Plastic Surgeon puts the finishing touches to Dumfries & Galloway Hospital

Plastic Surgeon has been employing its specialist repair skills at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Hospital as it assists construction giant, Laing O’Rourke, with putting the finishing touches to the £270m project.

The hospital is a newly built, 344-bed facility that’s been developed to deliver a high-quality service to patients in the region and is set to house the latest technology to ensure efficient and effective diagnostics and treatment.

Laing O’Rourke the main contractor

Laing O’Rourke is the main contractor overseeing the project and originally called in Plastic Surgeon to work on internal door repairs.

During large scale building works, doors are often a casualty of frequent use; suffering damage as workers carry equipment and materials in and out over the course of several months. Come project completion there are almost always repairs required to dents, bumps, chips and scratches.

Plastic Surgeon’s skills are utilised to rectify damage, so that once a development is handed over to the client – in this case Dumfries and Galloway NHS – the work is in pristine condition, doing justice to its status as a new-build.

While Plastic Surgeon’s finishers were carrying out the initially required repairs, Laing O’Rourke soon recognised that the firm’s repair techniques could be put to good use elsewhere on the site, so extended the job at hand to include further damage restoration.

Along with the internal doors, Plastic Surgeon’s specialist finishers also tackled repairs to IPS panels in the bathrooms, worktops in offices, as well as additional doors and window panes.

Having started working on the project in June 2017, the job has seen a minimum of two finishers on site at a time over the intervening six-months, with resources ramping up to five specialists carrying out repairs as and when required.

Biggest challenge was specialist paint

According to the lead finisher working on the hospital repairs, the biggest challenge for the team was creating specialist paint. A specific bronze/gold colouring was required for certain aspects of the work, and Plastic Surgeon had to work hard to make sure the colour pigment of the repair paint matched the original hue, with replicating the sheen of the gold the toughest aspect.

Despite the difficulty in creating a consistent colour finish, the team was able to do so, presenting a uniform appearance to the repairs that left no trace of the damage.

The feedback from Laing O’Rourke on Plastic Surgeon’s work has been extremely promising as the project nears completion and further projects together have already been discussed.


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