Buchanan House
3 St James's Square, London SW1

Triton were appointed as Main Contractor to undertake the external refurbishment of this 1930's office building. A particular requirement of this contract was that disturbance from noise to the adjoining Navy and Military Club was kept to a minimum.

To the front elevation the dirty red brickwork, Portland stone dressings and frieze sculptures were cleaned and all sections were restored to the original profiles. Once completed, all previously painted surfaces at roof level were redecorated to match the existing.

To the rear of the building, the light well area, which comprises several hundred square metres in area, is finished with large faience tiles showing fractures in numerous areas. Subsequent investigation revealed brickwork with a rusting steel frame behind. After the brickwork had been removed and the steel treated with a rust inhibitor and epoxy zinc phosphate primer, the steel frame was encased in polymer modified concrete repair mortar.

Once the faience tiles to the entire light well had been cleaned down with a mild degreasing agent, it was discovered that the faience tiles comprised three distinct colour shades. In total 100m² of these were replaced with perfect colour match. To the remainder of the faience tiles any fine hairline cracks were carefully cut out and filled with TBR sealant.

To complete the project the ornamental panelling to the main entrance and reception area was fully stripped down and French polished.

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