When it comes to resourcing large residential and other construction projects, there is no doubt – size matters. No client or main contractor is going to allocate packages of work to companies who simply do not have adequate resources to deliver on the deadlines, together with the quality standards.
Whether you are looking at groundworks, precast concrete structural frames, cladding or mechanical and electrical systems, a thorough appraisal of the sub-contactor’s capacity and track record will be an essential part of the ‘due diligence’ carried out before any tender is accepted.
Plastic Surgeon would contend that exactly the same assessment is required before those in charge of a project engage a specialist company to carry out repairs; particularly during the critical period prior to handover.
As a national company split into seven regions, employing over 100 highly trained finishers, Plastic Surgeon is by far the largest supplier in the field: enabling the company to offer comprehensive support, no matter what the challenge.
Indeed, Plastic Surgeon already works with a large proportion of the UK’s top developers and main contractors, and has assisted them in delivering different types of project right across the sectors. These include schools, hospitals, commercial office buildings, data centres, major retail schemes and even prisons. Often the scale of the project has seen the repair specialist appoint a dedicated manager to supervise the finishers and liaise with the site management.
Amongst recent projects where the company’s approach to repair or ‘snagging’ has proved successful have been the Link 62 Data Centre, where a large number of metal cladding panels inside the vast building had suffered damage during the build process. Main contractor Laing O’Rourke awarded Plastic Surgeon the work following completion of a demonstration panel, while low solvent paint was used with special spraying equipment to safeguard the health and safety of other trades who had to continue working in close proximity.
Not all damage on site is accidental of course, and at Bellmarsh Prison in south-east London, Plastic Surgeon worked with regular client Interserve to restore the appearance and transparency of Perspex window glazing across the site that had suffered vandalism while the build was in progress.
And at the University of Leicester, the company’s finishers recoated a total of 180 Crittall steel windows to the original exacting standards of the factory treatment. Plastic Surgeon has now formed an on-going relationship with Crittall to tackle site issues: window frames frequently being damaged by bricklayers, scaffolders and other operatives in the later stages of projects.
In addition to the physical interventions made by the finishers for clients across the length and breadth of Britain, Plastic Surgeon backs up its repair service with a unique approach to the logistics and management of the work.
Not only do the finishers’ hand held palm-pilots – or ‘Mobile Finishers’ as they are referred to – enable them to optimize their work allocation, reporting and the invoicing procedure, but they also provide the input data for Plastic Surgeon’s bespoke online reporting service, known as VisibilITy. This shows the precise nature of repairs and the items involved – such as doors, windows, worktops etc – as well as the estimated weight of material saved from going to landfill, and the average cost per repair.
With increasing skip prices and Government targets to achieve, VisibilITy is a valuable tool enabling clients to improve their own environmental impact as together Plastic Surgeon completes projects, on time and to specification.
Plastic Surgeon is the UK’s market leading expert in fine finishing and repair services, and the only nationwide provider. Established for over 20 years, the company was one of the founders of the fine finishing sector, now employing over 100 staff based at its headquarters in Devon and operating from seven regional centres throughout the UK.
Plastic Surgeon can restore almost any damaged interior or exterior surface in commercial or residential buildings. Thanks to specialist training the company’s finishers are expert in repairing and fine finishing practically any material including;