Plastic Surgeon has taken on the role of main contractor in order to provide a Tourist Information Office with a radical exterior cladding restoration project.
The ‘face-lift’ for Aberystwyth’s prominent resource centre was carried out over a 12 day period by a team of Plastic Surgeon’s highly skilled Finishers, drawn from Wales and the South-west: the work involving the cleaning, repair and repainting of the decades-old metal clad frontages to what is actually a Victorian building.
Over the years, the cladding panels had not only been exposed to the coastal atmosphere and many severe winter storms, but had also suffered extensive attrition from passing pedestrians as well as push-chairs, and had even attracted the unwanted attention of graffiti vandals. On one occasion a motorist had also reversed their car into the wall beside the door which stands at the corner of the building.
Ceredigion County Council, which is responsible for the town of Aberystwyth, had sought quotes for restoring the tired looking Tourist Information Office from a number of cladding contractors, but been told that total replacement was the only possible course of action: with quotes coming in at £60K or more.
Fortunately Ceredigion’s repair and maintenance department was aware of Plastic Surgeon’s reputation for carrying out effective repairs to all types of building substrate and contacted the company’s national operations centre.
David Craig, Plastic Surgeon’s Area Sales Manager in charge of the project, takes up the account saying: “This was an unusual project for Plastic Surgeon in so far as we were the main contractor on site, when normally we are working for a major construction company, a housebuilder or carrying out a series of small repairs in different properties for councils and housing associations.
“When we surveyed the outside of the building it was evident it had suffered quite badly from not just the weather but also vandalism, with a lot of ‘tags’ and other images having been sprayed on the metal cladding. And it was also crumpled in one area where a car had hit it. However, we were confident we could fill and respray it to get the building looking as good as new; giving the council a quote based on a total of 30 days work.
“Ceredigion County Council in fact offered some very valuable assistance in the ‘prelims’ to our contract: carrying out the risk assessment, providing the hoardings or safety barriers, organising a temporary road closure; and even being able to tell us the RAL number for the paint so that we could get a batch mixed.”
Working either on the pavement or from scaffolding, the team of three Finishers employed Plastic Surgeon’s proprietary two-pack fillers to rebuild the dents and scratches before smoothing them back. Then when whole sections were fully prepared, the special marine grade paint was applied using the sophisticated “High Volume, Low Pressure’ spray guns that the contractor has been equipping its operatives with.
In addition, The Finishers also touched in areas of damage on a four foot high red Welsh Dragon that was displayed on one side of the doorway; and restored two wooden county crests which were also in need of attention.