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Grand Hall, Olympia (London)

Lucas won the decorations contract to repaint all the structural steelwork and timber cladding in the Grand Hall at the Olympia exhibition and conference centre in Kensington, one of London's largest exhibition centres. Our spray painting operators had just a few weeks during July and August to complete the work to fit in with Olympia's schedule of exhibitions and even then put a temporary hold on the work twice whilst planned events went ahead at the venue. The ornate Victorian steelwork soars up to 135 feet above ground under a vast glass roof which made working conditions extremely hot. We cleaned the entire roof structure by hand first then applied a user-friendly water- based paint. We used our innovative brush and roller washout stations, developed in conjunction with ICI Dulux, which neutralise waste paint and turn it into an inert "biscuit" material that can be disposed of safely. We brought in industrial powered access equipment to raise large working platforms to save costs and time but still our team worked 12 hour shifts to ensure that the work was completed to the extremely tight timetable.