This iconic building sits proudly within the local environment. Our client required us to put a cost, programme and access strategy together to sensitively restore the organic-stained metal roof along with the external façade.

Our solution was to visit site and use our equipment and specialist façade steam cleaning solutions to treat and clean the external metal roof. To access the roof, we used our 29m access lorry, combined with our specialist testing van which has an in-built unit to create “super-heated water”. The organic staining on the roof is a soft flexible surface soiling.  Under BS 8221-1:2012: Code of Practice for Cleaning Building, it’s imperative that the correct façade and building cleaning restoration methods are matched to the correct soiling type.

Steam is an ideal solution and cleaning methodology to sensitively clean and remove organic matter, as opposed to high pressure cleaning which will only remove the surface dirt, thus providing a short term albeit cheaper solution. The steam is produced by our specialist mobile unit, which is designed to work at low water flow rates i.e. 3-4 litres/minute, which means the water running through the system can be heated to 150 degrees. Unlike other pressure washing units, this system is well suited to the cleaning and restoration of a wide variety of materials such as stone, brick, render, concrete, or architectural cladding systems.

Prior to the testing we provided a full brief to the client about the methods we planned to use, the benefits of the process and the results that we could expect from the investigation. It’s paramount that the client understands what we are trying to achieve whilst being given the support needed to understand how best practice solutions will deliver a far greater longer-term solution for them.

When undertaking the testing on the roof and removing the organic matter, we also tested the application of a water based biocide. The biocide was applied and has now been allowed to naturally weather to test the effectiveness, which enables us to provide a treatment and cleaning solution that will last for the long-term . We feel this treatment will also be very feasible for future management of the roof and is a much more cost-effective method of prolonging the condition of the roof rather than expensive reactive systems. The final results of the façade cleaning test trials were extremely successful for the client with the project being planned into the spring/summer of 2017.

Façade cleaning test trials create clarity, cost and programme certainty for the client. It enables them to visualise the real benefits of façade cleaning, how the building may look on completion and to understand how the costs are built up through effective demonstration. Façade cleaning test trials create an honest and open platform to help clients achieve their building restoration needs.

Please contact our office on 01234 589807 to request your façade cleaning test trial and external fabric surveys.

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Building Transformation’s unquestionable honesty and enthusiasm for ensuring the client receives the correct whole-life solution (rather than a quick fix) resulted in us being able to ensure the building was not only returned to its former glory, but will stay that way for years to come. I would recommend them to anyone.

Kenny Gash - Carillion Amey

The work provided by Building Transformation was excellent. Their product and building exteriors knowledge is detailed, comprehensive and practically applied to the client’s needs. They offer a professional, detailed, high-quality and customer- focused service which meets the short, medium and long-term needs of the client, and provides practical, cost-realistic advice.

Kerry Quinn - Echo Arena

Customer service is paramount to Building Transformation and they invested vast amounts of time in providing me with a programme to facilitate what was a very complex and time-specific programme of work for the site. The quality and level of support provided by Building Transformation is priceless to any client/contractor.

Marc Blow MCIOB MBIFM - Carillion Amey

The approach and advice on setting up the works at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre were first-class. Building Transformation’s attention to detail was excellent and the RAMS were followed meticulously to every detail. We were delighted with the works and service, and would not hesitate to use them again, nor hesitate to recommend them to any organisation.

Kevin Egginton - Wolverhampton Council

A 200,000 sq. ft., four-storey leisure venue in the heart of Nottingham city centre surrounded by major traffic routes needed work to be done overnight to deal with the traffic issues, while the site remained open throughout. The project took around three weeks to complete and went exceptionally well; the Building Transformation staff were flexible and able to work round dynamic operational issues. The clean was of a high standard and has made a significant different to the image of the building. A very difficult job done well.

Suzanne Green - Land Securities

May & Co have worked with Building Transformation on a number of projects which have included external building cleaning and refurbishment. They provided a great service, supported by the high level of documentation from the initial quotation to books and industry-related guidance, all relevant to our project.

Anton Theobald - May & Co


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