Gunning London abseils to success in prestigious London residence

by Francesca

Gunning London, a Chartered Building Company and expert in building refurbishment, has successfully completed the refurbishment of a prestigious London apartment block which included the use of specialist abseiling teams to minimise the potential inconvenience and risk to security sometimes associated with scaffolding.

Working in close co-operation with Chartered Building Surveyors McCoy Pearce and 21 Hyde Park Square Limited, Gunning London completed an extensive programme of (primarily) external repairs to the windows, lead work, pitched and flat roofing, and rendering and masonry of the Grade II Listed building, which dates to the early 19th Century.

Timber windows were repaired in the majority of cases using the Window Care System, and only replaced in exceptional circumstances. Roof repairs were made using the proprietary Radmat roofing products.

Some scaffolding was used, but abseilers were also given a 48-hour slot to repair, render and decorate one section of the building to address the concerns of a particular resident. A team of more than 20 specialist roofers, carpenters, painters and abseilers were on site at any one time, working Monday-Friday during business hours.

Richard Shatford, Contracts Manager at Gunning London, said that communication and co-operation were key:

“We worked closely with the surveyors, the management company and the residents themselves in keeping any disruption to a minimum and in delivering a quality finish and a first-class service.”

Terry Pearce of McCoy Pearce said he was impressed with the completed project:

“Gunning London completed the project on time and on budget, but more than this, they did it while understanding and accommodating the residents’ needs. It was this flexible approach, coupled with the quality of their workmanship on external maintenance and refurbishment projects, that made them my first choice. They were also enjoyable to work with.”

With a track record spanning 30 years, Gunning London is trusted by some of the UK’s leading Educational establishments, Private Housing Groups and Housing Associations to deliver refurbishment and renovation projects of all sizes to the highest quality, on time and on budget. Director of Gunning London, Mike Gawadzyn, says this is an exciting time for the business: “The company continues to enjoy rapid growth and the support of a loyal customer base who value the quality of work we deliver,” he says.

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