When we gain access to blueprints for the finalised Ground Floor, we learn that the finished room will be divided between Parquet floors and tiles. We set out markers for the floor and begin to restore and replace any Parquet that is damaged. We cordon off the area while this is happening, as while we’re wearing Dust Masks, other people on site may not be. Our Sander is equipped with an inbuilt Vacuum cleaner, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. The final sand is then covered with boards to protect it from foot-traffic until we can return to put the finish on the floor.
The Stage rear sections rise and lower offering different aspects to the stage. The stage front colour is to be altered. and are covered in a thin maple veneer, which has been damaged from rubbing during the stage lifting. We sanded with dust free sanders so the dust would not interfere with the screw lifting mechanism below the stage.
The Barbican Theatre Stage, has the rear stage sections lifted. The Risers have been previously coloured and is very badly gouged, which must be removed before a colour and class 0 spread of flame finish is applied.
As the risers are veneered maple, less than 1 mm thick. This varnish stripping or removal process is being completed with great care. The maple floor still requires finishing.
The Barbican stage required an ‘uplift’ in a short time schedule. The rear stage sections lift to various heights. The stage top is strip Maple with inset trap doors, this is to be removed without any dust and re- finished. The riser fronts are to be stripped off and class 0 fire proofing sealant applied
The parquet is sanded flat, we only remove the minimum amount necessary, as too much sanding reduces your wooden floors lifespan. Its best to have the floors restored properly, with the toughest lacquers and have a good maintenance routine to look after your floor.
This is the area with the parquet repair, the sanding is nearly completed – virtually dust free !!