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FEATURE The Star Treatment

Despite the summer timing, Claridge’s, the Connaught and the Berkeley, quintessentially British institutions owned and managed by the Maybourne Hotel Group, have just had a successful facelift to their exteriors. The experts at Thomann-Hanry worked tirelessly on the restoration to ensure that their legendary fi ve star standards are maintained both outside and in.

At the centre of London’s Mayfair, Claridge’s has benefi ted from a scaffold-free ‘façade gommage’ to its brick and stone facade. With the unique scaffold-free exterior cleaning service Thomann-Hanry offers, Claridge’s was able to ensure ‘business as usual’ while the operation took place, with no security risk or disruption to its customers at all. Work was undertaken during the peak tourist season with no loss to business either, as 90 of the original timber sash windows were repaired with resin and redecorated from platforms. Working with the hotel management to ensure that no work was carried out on occupied rooms, Thomann-Hanry repointed and repaired stone, replaced window mastic and much more, so that the fi nal look was impressive, clean, in good repair and of standards expected of an institution that embodies such grand English style.

Around the corner at the Connaught, Thomann-Hanry was also busy rejuvenating facades. In addition to a scaffold-free façade gommage clean, the Connaught benefi ted from added protection with Aqua Fend – an invisible, all-in-one protection against water, oil, dirt, pollution and graffi ti – ideal for façade protection in city locations. Aqua Fend is a sound investment and can play an essential

part in the preservation of a façade, reducing ongoing maintenance costs and protecting the structure. It has a life expectancy of 15 years on facades.

Additionally at the Connaught, sections of balcony copings were replaced with new Portland stone (carved in- house), and a large amount of repair and lead replacement was carried out. The failed asphalt to the front balconies was lifted and replaced and new drainage installed. Disruption was kept to a minimum throughout, and The Connaught now oozes its original charm and sophistication in keeping with its Mayfair residence.

London’s finest hotels have been given the Thomann-Hanry treatment over the summer. They tell us about the trials and tribulations of rejuvenating the three iconic buildings.

In leafy Knightsbridge, Thomann- Hanry has also completed a facelift to the Berkeley which boasts contemporary chic, two Michelin star cuisine and a roof top pool – all a stone’s throw from Hyde Park. A façade gommage clean was undertaken to the majority of the hotel’s façades, again without the use of scaffold, meaning that the busy summer tourist season was not affected at all during the works – a huge benefi t to busy hotels not wanting to disrupt trade due to maintenance. The cleaned façades were protected with Aqua Fend, which was applied using cherry pickers whilst rooms were unoccupied, again to minimise disruption to guests during the work. To complete the improved exterior, the marble entrance was stripped and polished, while all cracked marble was replaced.

Mark Styles, Managing Director at Thomann-Hanry, commented: “To be commissioned to carry out work on not one, but all three of the Maybourne Hotel Group’s iconic London hotels is a testament to the quality of the work that we offer at Thomann-Hanry. Whether it’s restoration, cleaning or protection, we offer a full, professional service for the maintenance and cleaning of buildings. Our scaffold-free nature to carry out the work means businesses can carry on as normal without any disturbance to trade or profi t – a unique benefi t only Thomann-Hanry can offer, and something that the Maybourne Hotel Group has cleverly capitalised on during the busy summer tourist trade.”


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