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Abseiling to Success

28.02.2020, 14:03

Abseiling to Success

The recent refurbishment of a prestigious London apartment block by Gunning London deployed specialist abseiling teams to minimise the inconvenience and risk to security frequently associated with scaffolding.


Working in close co-operation with Chartered Building Surveyors McCoy Pearce and 21 Hyde Park Square Limited, Gunning London completed an extensive programme of (primarily) external repairs to the windows, lead work, pitched and flat roofing, and rendering and masonry of the Grade II Listed building, which dates to the early 19th Century.


Timber windows were repaired in the majority of cases using the Window Care System, and only replaced in exceptional circumstances. Roof repairs were made using the proprietary Radmat roofing products.


Some scaffolding was used, but abseilers were also given a 48-hour slot to repair, render and decorate one section of the building to address the concerns of a particular resident. A team of more than 20 specialist roofers, carpenters, painters and abseilers were on site at any one time, working Monday-Friday during business hours.


Richard Shatford, the company’s contracts manager, reports:

“We worked closely with the surveyors, the management company and the residents themselves in keeping any disruption to a minimum and in delivering a quality finish and a first-class service.”


Terry Pearce of McCoy Pearce, adds:

“Gunning London completed the project on time and on budget, but more than this, they did it while understanding and accommodating the residents’ needs. It was this flexible approach, coupled with the quality of their workmanship on external maintenance and refurbishment projects, that made them my first choice. They were also enjoyable to work with.”


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