As a proud Cape Town based business, we were delighted to be selected as the contractor of choice for the restoration of The Adderley. MCM Painters took this opportunity to make a contribution towards maintaining the soul of Cape Town’s historical and regenerating centre.
The buildings that needed attention are situated between the borders of Adderley, Longmarket, Parliament and Bureau streets. One of the oldest parts, the Singer building, is a heritage building and faces Adderley street. It is the oldest building we have ever had the privilege of restoring. The newer buildings within those borders were built around a decade ago.
We were tasked with restoring this heritage building by preserving its integrity and original style. Each building within the extended area had to be restored according to its own specification and painted with its own colour sequence.
Coordinating the different teams was always going to be the key to success for this project, so we focused on meticulously scheduling, inspecting and managing each phase of the project to ensure systematic and efficient teamwork.
The preparation phase was quite extensive as a lot of old plaster had to be removed from the building by means of jetting, chopping and other means. Following the preparation process, the building had to be carefully replastered and remoulded. The older buildings were constructed in a very specific architectural style that includes intricate moulds. These had to be restored precisely and then painted according to a detailed specification that highlights its beautiful and elaborate features.
Selecting the perfect colour
To select the right colour paint was part of the task to preserve the integrity of the building. We took the time to test a few colours, either by technologically super-imposing on the building with the help of Prominent Paints and by painting test colours on the building to appreciate it on the structure.
Three painting teams – two on the ground and one rope team – were instructed to follow the same path as the preparation team who were in charge of readying the surface for maximum paint adhesion.
Waterproofing and balustrade repair
Some waterproofing was needed on the balconies facing Adderley street. We retorched the surfaces to secure it, added screed and then retiled each balcony.
The steel balustrades in front of the hotel also needed to be repaired. In order to do so, we needed to cut it off first. Then we repaired it, galvanize and finally reattached it.
Our biggest project challenge was to meticulously coordinate the teams to ensure maximum efficiency. Attention to detail was critical to the success of this project.
Given the thorough maintenance work done, we expect the work to last at least 10 years. The city environment has a harsh and unforgiving effect on its structures – especially in such a busy road right in the heart of the city. Pollution and weather can both have a detrimental effect over time and hopefully we have supplied these building with sufficient armour to protect themselves for the next decade.
The restoration of this building spanned over 22 weeks, running from mid-July to the first week in December 2017.
About MCM Painters
MCM Painters is a professional company that specialises in painting, waterproofing and structural repair work in Cape Town and surrounding areas. As a local market leader with 15 years of experience in the business, we take great pride in our work and provide the highest quality workmanship at a competitive price. We guarantee our work, including manufacturer guarantees, for five years.
Contact Ross Peacock on 082 827 1817 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to get a free assessment done. MCM Painters – We realise your renovation vision.