This 163-bedroom four-star luxury hotel in Central London was built in the early 19th Century. This Hilton hotel employ a team of maintenance engineers, including a house painter to keep the hotel functional and looking great for guests and visitors alike.
But undertaking an exterior makeover of this magnitude is a challenge too much for the in-house hotel painters, so it was necessary to call in the more resourceful decorating contractors, Phantom Painters and Decorators – specialist London hotel decorators.
Scope of work.
Being hotel decorators we were contracted to apply masonry paint to 37-metres of both rough Victorian brickwork and smooth Edwardian stucco render and 20 stucco columns using Dulux Trade Weathershield Masonry Paint, as well as seven entrance porches. The Victorian brickwork was labour-intensive because it was more intricate, as can be seen from the photos, that required more brushwork compared with the smooth stucco render that can be flat rolled more quickly.
Fortunately, this Central London hotel exterior painting had been very well maintained over the years. Unlike many period buildings with painted stucco render, exposed to the elements and high traffic, there were no signs of masonry corrosion therefore no stonework treatment was required prior to painting, just the removal of traffic and pollution dust.
As with all hotel exterior painting work, our hotel painters have to contend with the unpredictable winter weather. But, our Project Manager being a qualified skipper so knows all about meteorology and weather forecasting and we had favourable weather throughout the seven days. On top of the weather forecast, we had additional but insurmountable challenges, including:
Having just three days (including the weekend) to co-ordinate resources for Monday start.
Securing enough masonry paint during a national supply shortage.
Accessing more intricate parts of the building by ladder.
Ensuring no disruption to hotel business or inconvenience to staff during painting.
Carrying out exterior hotel painting work sensitively with consideration for hotel brand perception and its guests and visitors.
Maintaining safe and healthy work areas at all times with passing pedestrians in mind.
Being the only exterior hotel painting contractors to not own a van, parking in a Central London location and passing traffic enforcement officers was the very least of our worries!
This project timeline shows the little time our London exterior painters had to deliver the brief successfully, and on time without compromising our high professional painting and decorating standards.