Criterion Theatre
Piccadilly, London SW1

The repair and redecoration of this Victorian Grade II* listed building is the third contract that Triton have completed for the client, as part of an ongoing programme of external maintenance to the Criterion Complex.

The finished appearance of the building had been previously marred by unsightly stains caused by run-off from the inadequate drip detail to the leading edges of the cornices, string courses and horizontal projections, bird droppings and graffiti.

Situated in one of London’s busiest tourist sites, particular attention was given to public safety and to the minimal disturbance of the occupants. During the erection of the scaffold, temporary plywood hoardings and barrier systems were provided and the scaffold itself was beamed over the ground floor shops so that the obstructive standards could be kept to a minimum. Piccadilly underground station lies immediately below the building and preliminary load tests to the pavement were therefore required.

The building was cleaned with water and detergent and all repairs to the stonework carried out with restoration mortar and a resin injection system. A Keim Granital system, with a 15 year guarantee, was applied to previously painted surfaces and a mastic drip was applied to the leading edge of all horizontal projections. To complete, a new pest control system was fitted and an anti-graffiti coating applied to the low level plinth.

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