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IS PHYSICAL GRAFFITI ART OR ‘UGLY & STUPID’?


The truth is its rather subjective – and context is key! Physical Graffiti is a 1975 album by rock giants Led Zeppelin. Depending on your point of view it could be a band at the top of their game defining the pre-punk rock landscape or the overrated end product of an overpaid, over-indulgent guitar band… Read More

Is it time for hotels to clean up and compete?


Visual presentation is everything, but throw in raising the value of your building asset and lowering your repair bill and surely thats a winning combination. Reece Wood of Building Transformation explains how cleaning and restoring the outside of your hotel building is a must in the current climate…. The hospitality industry is one of the… Read More

Do better education buildings deliver an improved student experience?


Matthew Arnold’s ‘Dreaming Spires’ epithet conjures up images of boating, a large pitcher of Pimms and the incredible buildings of Oxford University. Oxford remains one of the most sought after universities in the world, currently occupies the top spot in the Times Higher Education University World Rankings 2019 list. But do the ‘dreaming spires’ inspire… Read More

Gentrification: good, bad, ugly or all three?


THE arguments for and against gentrification straddle social, political and historical barriers and aesthetic appeal alone can not determine their success. Inevitably if people with a degree of capital move into what might be termed working-class areas and subsequently transform the properties there will be winners and losers. The winners will be the property owners… Read More

Sustainability & Green


  US President Donald Trump’s apparent inability to accept sustainability and climate change as critical issues brings to mind the observation of another famous US citizen Mark Twain who reportedly said: “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” The great American man of letters – that is Twain not Trump in case you had any… Read More

How do the buildings in which we live influence us and our communities?


  OUR urban space is key to our well-being and our buildings are important aspects in our battle to achieve and maintain this. Throughout the world carefully designed buildings have been instrumental in revitalising areas of large cities, commercially and aesthetically and perhaps more importantly improving our quality of life. Chicago may be the infamous… Read More

Why do brick & masonry façades become dirty?


  Natural weathering, soiling and some staining can often be harmless and may represent an acceptable change in the appearance of a building over time.  As mentioned in previous blogs, in many instances such weathering may contribute positively to the character and appearance of an old building.  On some buildings however, the soiling and staining… Read More

How to Clean Rendered Façades


In Europe building cleaning is an essential part of the planned maintenance schedules with buildings generally cleaned every 2 years.  It is a cost that property owners prioritise to protect their investments. Sadly, this is not the case here in the UK and where buildings are left for 10 to 20 years before any cleaning… Read More

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