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G I Sykes were recently selected to refurbish and re-spray the internal and external windows, doors, curtain walling; and external soffits, facias and canopy of Talyor Wimpy’s newly acquired offices near Winchester.

The large office building was originally tenanted by The Environment Agency and after they vacated the property it was marketed for rent; Taylor Wimpey secured the building for their new offices.

The windows and doors were a very dated bright green colour both internally and externally. This colour choice was frequently installed in offices and commercial properties built during the 1990’s. The soffits, facias, canopy and rainwater goods were a mid-brown colour. As part of the refurbishment project the client requested that all windows and doors, soffits, facias, canopies and rainwater goods were re-sprayed a modern dark grey colour. This would greatly improve, update and revive the appearance of the building in line with their corporate branding identity.

The property was to undergo full refurbishment and reconfiguration internally to accommodate Taylor Wimpey’s requirements. The full refurbishment was managed by another company, a very experienced commercial fit out contractor; which meant other trades were also on site working on the project. Our operatives are used to working alongside other trades and communicating with contractors throughout the duration of a project.

The project consisted of refurbishing and re-spraying over 200 office windows and a large 150m² section of curtain walling; the windows and curtain walling were previously powder coated and the client required us to spray both the external and internal frames. We were also required to refurbish and spray the external and internal doors along with the soffits, facias and canopies and rain water goods.

The property was two storeys high, so to ensure we maintained health and safety requirements, access to high level windows and canopies was achieved via a combination of towers and a MEWP. Our operatives all hold IPAF and PASMA certificates to maintain safe working practices.

Preparatory work was carried out to each section of the building prior to paint being applied. This work included cleaning, making good any existing damage, removal of dents, fully flatting down and masking out of all glass and surrounding areas prior to application of the paint. We also removed all ironmongery prior to spraying and refitted this once the surface was dry.

We recommended the use of their own proprietary high performance coatings which offer flexible and fast curing properties that can be over-coated in a matter of minutes. The adherence of our products is superior to traditional coatings and removes the need for an adhesion primer. The product is very lightweight with a film thickness of 140 microns which is achieved in around 4 - 5 coats applied during the same visit. These coatings can be spray applied with our high volume low pressure (HVLP) paint spraying system which greatly reduces overspray; or the product can be hand applied.

Once the preparation work was complete our spray painting operatives were able to spray apply the paint to the windows, curtain walling, doors and other surfaces to deliver a smooth high quality finish both internally and externally.

As with any project that we complete, organisation is key to ensuring the project runs smoothly; especially when other trades are involved. Communication was maintained daily to update the fit out contractor of our progress and the delivery plans for areas to be completed; ensuring other trades were aware of where we were working. Our team were located on site for the duration of the project and completed the works in just 2 weeks.

The results can be seen throughout the before and after photos; the appearance of the building has been dramatically improved with an updated colour scheme. The client was impressed and very pleased with the results achieved.

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