Lillywhites, Piccadilly Circus
The site, which was built on classical Portland stone, had significantly degraded due to a combination of natural wear and tear; high levels of pollution and the debilitating effects of pigeon waste exacerbated by the proximity to Trafalgar Square.
The works involved:
- A number of solutions were required to the varying requirements of the island site.
- Low pressure wet abrasive cleaning systems were used to clean this vast expanse of stone and in certain cases, careful wet grit blasting.
- As well as main Lillywhites and BloomfieldBuilding frontages, Stonewest carried out cleaning of all walkways, walls and ceilings.
- Renovations works also included the servicing of all window fittings and re-leading of all cornices and reversing falls.
- Large-scale sections of stone were removed to expose the structural steel frame and treat for rust inhibition while also removing all mastic pointing throughout the site and re-pointing with mortar.
- All pigeon protection wires were replaced to help minimise future damage.
- As well as technical demands of the project as Principal Contractor, we were responsible for the erection of over £160K of scaffolding and had to carry out all cleaning works at night due to the intensive daytime use of Piccadilly Circus and the site itself.