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.
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.