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London Borough of Westminster - Wigram House

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We carried out internal and external painting to student accommodation building Wigram House; a Grade II listed building within a conservation area of Westminster, London.

Work carried out by trident for london borough of westminster - wigram house
Work carried out by trident for london borough of westminster - wigram house
Work carried out by trident for london borough of westminster - wigram house

Scope of Works

  • Internal decoration
  • External decoration
  • 184 student bedrooms, seven kitchens, lounge areas, bathrooms, corridors and stairs
  • Heritage and conservation works


1 Year

The scope of works consisted of full redecorations to 184 student bedrooms, seven large kitchens, lounge areas to each floor, bathrooms and corridors/stairs. New kitchens, bathrooms and flooring were fitted by other contractors with each floor following specific timings so as not to impede other trades. We had a dedicated team of full-time painters working in three shift patterns: six during the day, six overnight and three over weekends. This ensured the paint had dried before other trades commenced and that we maximised productivity, ensuring all works were completed before the students arrived in September.

We agreed the work patterns during mobilisation due to the intensity of other trades and due to such a tight programme of 12 weeks, with extensive works required on each floor. We worked very closely with the client’s representative and the Supervisors of each trade, together with the Project Manager, and held weekly progress meetings to discuss comprehensively all aspects of the contract, including progress, quality and H&S.

Externally, upon testing, we found that the woodwork was painted in old lead paint, which under CLAW regulations needed to be prepared in a safe manner. All stripping was completed using safe chemical stripping and wet rubbing, under a safety barrier secured to the scaffold.

Due to the heritage of the site, all colours were selected from the Dulux Heritage range and agreed by the local Heritage Officer with Dulux visiting every 14 days to confirm quality and compliance with the specification. Paint-flake tests were carried out to match historic colours and lead content (CLAW) which we factored into the RAMS/safe systems of working.

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