Client Details: Jones Lang LaSalle Ltd (Ex River Island Store, Leeds, South Yorkshire)

Project: Facade Building Cleaning & Dilapidation Repairs

The Project
When the River Island store in Leeds moved location, APT were called in to carry out the dilapidation repairs and facade cleaning to their historic building in Leeds City Centre.

There were a number of aspects to the building cleaning project – stone cleaning, brick cleaning, limescale removal, graffiti removal, stone restoration, high level façade cleaning, marble cleaning, stone repairs being and the bird fouling.

We were approached because of our expertise in the field of facade soda blasting, indeed it was this technique which was to form the hub of the cleaning and restoration project in Leeds, South Yorkshire.

The Challenges
This commercial cleaning project was far from straightforward as the location was in the busy city centre of Leeds. The whole project needed to be completed on a short timescale of 2 weeks. The cleaning and conservation works were to be carried out during normal business hours and at quiet times during the evenings.

APT’s Solution
As APT are no strangers to commercial property dilapidations,  we commenced with a full survey of the site to establish the client’s needs and provide our recommendations to the property management company for approval.

Our detailed work specification was duly accepted. Due of the short timescale, we arranged a full health and safety plan, giving careful consideration to the hazards of safe working at height of around 25 metres to ensure public safety. We were also working with and around other building restoration contractors, therefore the plan needed to include them too.

The site offered very tight working conditions and once suitable equipment was arranged, we could begin. The bird fouling was removed using a combination of two of our own products – Dekon 50 Deodoriser and Citrus RTU, the latter is a powerful citrus based solvent cleaner with a low environmental impact. To clean and protect the steel cladding, another of our products fitted the bill perfectly – Easy Clean Metal Polish. This product removed the soiling and left a protective coating in one application. This multi-action product also removed surface oxidation from the cladding paint, restoring it to its original appearance.

For cleaning the sandstone and brick masonry, we brought in our Soda Blasting team, who also cleaned the marble and removed the graffiti.

Another successful project was duly completed on time and within budget by APT.


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