Plastic Surgeon has been called in to undertake tile repair work in Preston’s iconic bus station.
The Grade 2 listed building dates back to the 1960s and is undergoing an extensive refurbishment in a £23.3m project orchestrated by Conlon Construction, the main contractor for the work awarded by Lancashire County Council.
Due to the age of the building, parts have suffered from considerable wear and tear over the years. One such aspect of this depreciation was with extensive tiling, that covers both internal and external areas of the building. Many of the dividing walls between shops and cafes housed within the station are clad with the tiles.
Their positioning means that the tiles are very much customer facing, so failing to attend to them would be immediately obvious to bus station visitors, and would provide a stark contrast with the rest of the renovation work. With the original tiles having been produced nearly 50 years ago, replacing them would be an expensive business and would require them to be specifically made by a specialist. Thanks to the volume of tiles, this would involve considerable cost.
Looking for a more cost-effective option, Conlon has turned to Plastic Surgeon for its specialist skillset in order to repair the tiles rather than replace them.
Over the course of 10 weeks, spread over several months up until November 2017, Plastic Surgeon will be conducting work throughout the bus station. Since the start of the project in April, Plastic Surgeon’s team of Fine Finishers has completed a quarter of the tile repairs, with between 2 and 3 finishers working full days on the job over a 2-week period.