Being closely involved in the construction as well as the maintenance of many different types of buildings, we at Plastic Surgeon would like to add our congratulations to the many received by the Olympic Delivery Authority on completing the major venues for the 2012 Games, a full 12 months ahead of deadline, though obviously they will not be able to rest on their laurels.
This is not only because Stratford’s Olympic Park is still work in progress, with athletes’ accommodation, catering and other facilities still to be completed, while the main athletics stadium, the Aquatic Centre and the Velodrome will all have to be kept in good order until the opening ceremony and beyond.
As facilities managers and maintenance coordinators know only too well, every property requires a watchful eye to deal with any minor damage that can result from fixtures and furnishings being delivered, security staff doing their rounds or other personnel who visit. Even the drying out process and the other movements that building structures are subject to, can cause problems like cracking.
The other problem though for those responsible for the upkeep of properties is knowing who best to call in to deal with such challenges; for tradesmen such as carpenters, plasterers and decorators simply do not necessarily have the skills or the equipment to undertake the making good.
By contrast, our highly trained finishers are fully versed in the widest available selection of repair techniques, and with the Olympics already running well over the original budget, Plastic Surgeon could help the ODA keep further costs under control. This is because our clients normally make a saving of £3 for every one pound spent.
So if Victoria Pendleton or Sir Chris Hoy should happen to slide their bike down the timber banking of the cycle track, or the media scrum that follows Tom Daley manages to crack some tiles by being clumsy with their camera gear, then our finishers are fully capable of putting things right.
Every finisher’s van carries a wide selection of fillers, adhesives and paint pigments, as well as specialist tools to enable them to restore building substrates to their original profile and appearance. And the palm pilots – or Mobile Finishers – mean our control centre in the West Country can assign them fresh tasks within minutes of taking an order from new or existing customers.
With a total of over 100 finishers across the country, and our South East region at full strength, we are currently working in premises all across the capital. But with our flexible working practices and rapid response times we will be ready and willing to help ensure the Olympic venues look their very best when July 2012 comes around.