What Did Belvedere & Millennium House Require?
Belvedere and Millennium House are two prestigious private apartment blocks situated on the bank of the river Thames near to Vauxhall Bridge.
Built in the late 1990’s, the 4-storey apartment blocks were in need of general maintenance. Stace Construction and Property Consultants were appointed by the Residents’ Committee (via Douglas & Gordon block management division) to manage the works. MCD Construction won the tender as principal contractors.
The building required a 4-tier external scaffold to gain necessary access. Once this was erected a thorough inspection was performed. The riverside had experienced great exposure to the elements and many of the windows required minor repairs. The front of the building, situated on the busy Grosvenor Road, was subject to heavy traffic pollution and had bad staining, particularly to the upper more exposed areas.
The render situated at the apex of the buildings, as well as being discoloured, had some large cracks and patches of rust showing through. It was agreed by the client that whilst the scaffolding (a substantial cost on the project) was erect, all necessary works should be undertaken to maintain the properties.
What did MCD Construction Do?
The building was completely jet washed and stains to the brickwork were treated with a Sika brick cleaning solution.
The render was hammer tested and defective areas removed, then skimmed over. Rust spots were treated with Zinsser in preparation for painting.
Initially at tender Dulux Weathershield paint had been specified but MCD Construction advised that the Sika Monolastex paint would be a better solution. With a bonding primer and 2-coat elastomeric weatherproofing system it has the ability to tolerate thermal and structural movement without cracking, and provides the client with a 15-year guarantee. It also contains and active fungistatic system that prevents the growth of mould and algae on the surface, helping to keep the building looking clean.
Carpenters removed damaged facia boards that could not be salvaged and fitted new shiplap cladding. All opening vents were tested and adjusted as required, and untreatable timber was removed and new timber spliced in.
All windows and frames were rubbed down, filled and treated, then under-coated before having two coats of Dulux Weathershield Gloss, which offers a durable, high-gloss finish.
All down pipes were flushed thoroughly using a jet wash and every joint was resealed with mastic prior to painting.
Damaged or missing leaf guards were replaced and cable tied to ensure they would stay in position.
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