UK’s largest plastering
project wins international competition
The £multi-million Phase 1 refurbishment
of the landmark Treasury building in London’s Whitehall, has won first place in
an international competition to find the best plastering project in the world
over the past two years.
The work, which was carried out using
massive quantities of Thistle plasters and associated products from British
Gypsum and its sister company, is thought to be the largest re-plastering
project ever undertaken in the UK, and has taken plastering contractor, THE BDL
Group plc (BDL), two years to complete.
A team of 50 of BDL’s most skilled
plasterers repaired more than 35,000m2 of walls and 12,500m2 of ceilings to a
very high quality finish, and repaired or recreated large areas of ornate
plaster mouldings using castings taken from undamaged cornices and other
decorative features throughout the almost ½ mile long building.
In some areas of the 100 year old
complex, demolition work was so extensive that completely new wall linings had
to be created using Gyproc plasterboard finished with Thistle Board Finish
plaster. Intricate curved window heads had to be recreated in-situ using wire
lath and three-coat Thistle plasterwork.
The team also installed 7000m2 of new
partitioning, using GypWall metal stud partitioning system, and around 5000m2 of
new British Gypsum ceilings, largely using the company’s recently launched
Arteco Rigitone perforated gypsum boards in one of the UK’s first major
installations of this newly introduced acoustic board range.
The BPB International Trophy
competition, which is staged every two years by BPB plc, the world’s leading
manufacturer of plasterboard and plaster systems, included entries from more
than 18 countries worldwide. Entries were judged against a number of key
criteria, including skill and originality, interpretation of the original design
and the quality of finish. BDL’s work on the Treasury building Phase 1 was
awarded first place in the plastering category at a ceremony in Rome during May.
As well as success in the competition,
BDL and Thistle plasters so impressed the client, HM Government, that they have
now been awarded the contract for the Phase 2 refurbishment.