Maida Vale, London, W1

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Contract Administration – External Repair to Faience Facade


APA were instructed to act as Contract Administrators for the faience repairs of this Grade II Listed large residential block.  The steel lintels to the ground floor windows are encased in faience tiles (glazed terracotta / ceramic ware), and due to the corrosion of the lintels through water ingress from the facade, cracking and spalling was occurring to the faience finishes requiring replacement.   

The works to the main façade included the careful removal of the damaged sections of faience, treatment of the exposed lintels to prevent further deterioration and replacement of the faience with new colour matched fired faience sections.  The works also included the replacement of the pergola timber beams and associated columns located above each of the three entrances.

The property was designed by the renowned architect, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, in 1928-30, who also designed such prestigious buildings as Battersea Power Station, Bankside Power Station, Waterloo Bridge, Liverpool Cathedral, and the Red Telephone Box (also known as Kiosk No.2).

APA obtained Listed Building Consent for the works after extensive consultation with the local authority, including obtaining various faience samples for approval before installation. 



What led you to this career?
My passion for building started whilst assisting my father on building sites during the school holidays.  I began my professional career as an Architectural Technician predominantly assisting in the conversion of many barns and churches.  This subsequently developed into a professional Building Surveying career within various organisations, leading teams in delivering quality services to clients in varied areas such as the financial, social housing and private high-end residential sectors.
What energises you about working at APA?
Managing my own company allows all sorts of freedoms and opportunities to streamline my expertise and knowledge.   Creating a hardworking but more importantly supportive environment for others to develop and prosper.  I’m able to change and adapt as necessary and this keeps me enthused about the continued development and growth of APA.
What keeps you busy outside of work?
Away from the office, I can often be found either training for, or participating in events such as triathlons and cycling events around Europe, or a leisurely hike in the hills.  I also enjoy a strange gig or ten, art events and a lovely meal in a fine restaurant.