Alice Cooper’s appearance on last week’s Top Gear, as the ‘Star in a reasonably priced car’, will have reminded rock fans of his many hits – including “School’s out for Summer”, though the lyrics have far deeper meaning for bursars and building managers faced with repairing education premises during what is a relatively short shut down.
In fact at Plastic Surgeon, we already have bookings to carry out snagging operations as window replacement and other refurbishment programmes are completed, while our finishers will also be busy repairing all those damaged sinks, shower trays, laboratory benches and other fittings.
Indeed, nurseries, tertiary establishments, academies, colleges and universities come in for some of the heaviest usage seen across the built environment, as large numbers of children or older students move from one class to another, or enjoy boisterous recreation periods.
As a result of all this pedestrian traffic, horse-play, and even vandalism, we are regularly called out to repair damaged doors and partitions, cracked suspended ceiling tiles, chips or holes in sanitaryware, scratches left where ladders have been lent against cladding panels, and various marks on masonry.
Graffiti removal and the application of resistant coatings is another weapon in our armoury; while a number of our finishers are even trained in glass polishing which enables them to remove ‘tags’ etched into expensive double glazed units.
So for the next six to ten weeks – depending on the type of institution as well as the part of the country they are working in – Plastic Surgeon’s 100 plus finishers will be spending a good proportion of the their time helping contractors, councils, school governors and facilities managers put right all the niggling problems that prevent individual premises being ready for the start of another academic year.
Alice Cooper may have been famous for his way out make up, as well as his music, but when it comes to cosmetic repair, our finishers are in a class of their own.