The ground floor of Mortimer House is Parquet, and differs from the other floors in the building. It called for different treatment, and a different finish. We spoke with the client and narrowed down his request to the different finishes set out below. We again sanded the area back to ensure the finish was as accurate to the final product as possible.
We sought to replace much of the damaged flooring across all Six levels of the building. The Client informed us that he wanted the floor to be kept as authentic as possible, retaining as much of the character that it had built up over many decades. However, certain boards were irreparably damaged and could not be safely left in. We removed these boards and replaced them with carefully selected reclaimed boards that met our specifications. Though they once had a different finish to the existing floor, several passes with a Sander make it impossible to tell what’s original and what’s replaced.
We began work at Mortimer House by obtaining numerous permits and certifications clearing us work on such a site, including an Asbestos Awareness course and undergoing SSSTS training.
We set about sanding down a small area of a floor and applying a number of finishes to it to allow the client an understanding of what the floor would look like when completed. These samples included a variety of water-based lacquers and Oil finishes.
A 6 step procedure including ionised water and cleaning by hand allows us to achieve this beautiful finish. The difference is notable both up-close as well as from the floor, many dozens of metres below.
With the scaffolding secure and in place we can work on the ceiling much easier. We worked alongside some painters and were careful not to overlap. Great care was taken, as even with the scaffolding a fall or accident could happen.
Decorative gold Gilding covered much of the ceiling of this Cathedral. We obtained permits, as well as completing Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS), ensuring we understood and were able to minimise the risks of working so far above the ground.
A bespoke wood colour stain has been made specifically for the fronts to match the hexagonal panels on the rear wooden acoustic wall. The first coat gives a base colour, while the 2nd coat alters the colour accordingly.
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.