Wellington Hospital, London

Purpose built in 1974, Wellington Hospital remains the largest private hospital in the UK. We were asked to carry out a detailed inspection and report on the condition of the North and South building’s, which is cladded in an unusual Travertine, and then to carry out a range of remedial repairs.

Location: London

Project Value: £200,000

Completion: Spring 2018

Wellington Hospital was purpose built in 1974 and remains the largest private hospital in the UK. We were approached by the main contractor during refurbishment works to provide a detailed report of the external building condition of both the North and South buildings. This was carried out via rope access.

The external is cladded using an unusual Travertine panel which due to its porosity sucked in both water and dirt as well as leaching minerals out onto the glass and frames.

On completion of the report, samples were carried out and noted that the soft substrate required a sympathetic approach, so we prescribed the use of a super-heated water system such as Thermatech and DOFF at low pressure.

Why rope access and super-heated water?

Here’s why we recommended our choice of method and equipment:

  • No damage to the already soft surface
  • No chemical use or overspray risk to the public
  • 26,000 litres of water saved compared to pressure washing
  • Minimum environmental impact
  • No scaffolding required which saved a huge sum of budget

The team we used

The works were carried out using a team of six IRATA trained abseilers, a site manager and a two-man ground security team to ensure the safety of the staff, patients and visitors while working around the entrances.

Other work we carried out

On completion of the cleaning, we then carried out a range of remedial repairs to damaged and loose panels, window frames and gaskets.

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