Refurbishing the façade of this four-storey Victorian property involved extensive preparatory works followed by rendering, re-building one of three shop-fronts, repairing parapets and re-painting.

Having won the contract to refurbish the facade of this Paddington hotel, we worked closely with the 4C Hotel Group’s in-house architect to finalise the details. 

An independent scaffold was erected across the full height of the facade up to roof level. We removed all the main signage, and then stripped out all the canopies and metal shutters from the three shop-fronts at street level. 

The parapets between the shops and main facade also had to be stripped off and replaced with new timber and protective lead-work – traditional standing seam lead code-5 lead lining with the flashing upstanding lead welded and the joint mastic into the main wall. On completion the lead-work was patinated black.

Although the façade’s sand and cement render was still in sound condition and bonding well to the brickwork wall, it had numerous surface cracks. So we decided to apply silicon render over the existing render. Additional render beads had to be fitted inside of the window reveals and sash frames. This provided a 10-year guarantee.

The colour of the render was matched to the existing cream colour with white stone window cills and corbels.

The left shop-front, which was of a different design from its counterparts, was stripped out and rebuilt using Sapele timber and shot-blast laminated glass film. 

All the woodwork was repainted in bronze from the Little Green Heritage paint Range, with the existing sand and cement render at street level in Storm Grey from the Dulux Weather Shield range.

For future maintenance purposes a safety eye-bolt system was installed at roof levelling along with a double handrail on the roof’s concrete parapet, which was powder-coated black to the architect specification to match the facade finishes.