Norland The Scottish Parliament Building

Facility Management
Value: £120,000

Norland is a leading provider of hard services lead facilities maintenance and support services in the built environment. Norland use their extensive buying power to deliver best value whilst ensuring the highest quality of service, health, safety and sustainability.

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Project Work

The main objective of this work was to undertake the preparation and redecoration of Queensberry House, The Committee rooms, MSP offices, various corridor areas throughout the building and external windows and doors.  This work was undertaken to the clients specific programmed time scale.

End Result

The collaborative relationship between Norland Managed Services and Bell Group UK ensured a successful outcome and importantly a very satisfied client.  The main overall objective of the work was to enhance the environment for the MSP’s, Civil Servants and the public.

Hanover HA Replacement Windows & Painting

Social Housing
Value: £64,000

Hanover Housing Association currently manage more than 5,000 properties throughout Scotland, offering rented, shared ownership, shared equity and fully owned housing.

Their sheltered housing features a daytime Sheltered Housing Manager, extra security features and emergency alarm systems. Very sheltered housing caters for more frail people through the provision of meals, additional communal areas and 24-hour staffing. Amenity housing is aimed at more active older people and offers the security of an emergency alarm system but without a Sheltered Housing Manager.

www.hanover.org.uk

Project Work

Project Details - Replacement windows, pre paint repairs and full external and internal communal redecoration secured through competitive tendering, and was completed in 2010 by a team of 3 joiners and 4 painters from Bell Group’s Carlisle Branch. The property is a leaseholder scheme comprising 17 flats in a riverside location, and the project involved window and timber cladding replacement and full scaffolding to 2 elevations, and whole scheme redecoration.

End Result

The contract was completed within time and budget, and is testament to the hard work of all involved, and we look forward to working with Hanover once more on similar projects

Trinity House Bardsey Island Lighthouse

Commercial
Value: £53,696

Trinity House is the general lighthouse authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar responsible for general aids to navigation including 69 lighthouses. Ensuring the safety of shipping and the well being of sea farers has been the responsibility of Trinity House since they were granted a Charter by Henry VIII in 1514.

www.trinityhouse.co.uk

Project Work

The lighthouse presented two different challenges. Firstly the job involved stripping all the old lead based paint from the inside of the tower. That involved developing not only ingenious ways of ensuring the safety of the operators in dealing with the material, but also ensuring the safe disposal of the hazardous waste. Secondly the job was carried out in February when sea conditions were not ideal, so close project management skills had to be deployed to ensure that the job was completed to the client’s satisfaction.

End Result

Trinity House Flatholm Lighthouse Painting

Commercial
Value: £28,686

Trinity House is the general lighthouse authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar responsible for general aids to navigation including 69 lighthouses. Ensuring the safety of shipping and the well being of sea farers has been the responsibility of Trinity House since they were granted a Charter by Henry VIII in 1514.

www.trinityhouse.co.uk

Project Work

The project involved the external decoration of the 30 metre high tower, plus adjoining buildings. A team of three painters was shipped over to Flat Holm by boat from Barry Docks in South Wales.

The specification called for a two pack epoxy finish to be applied to the masonry, with all the metalwork around the lantern and store to be treated also. In order to gain access to the tower a boson’s chair had to be rigged and therefore prime weather conditions had to be present to ensure safety.

End Result

Aberdeen City Council Railings

Government
Value:

Bell Group has been working for Aberdeen City Council since 1998 and throughout this period we have developed a good working relationship with this client. Through ensuring good working practices, providing high levels of supervision and quality workmanship, we have been rewarded with excellent client/customer feedback.

www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

Project Work

This was a high profile contract involving the refurbishment and redecoration of the ornamental railings that surround the gardened area where the statue of William Wallace is situated. The location of the works posed a number of problems that had to be overcome; not least the fact that it is an extremely busy part of the city being that it is in central Aberdeen opposite his majesties theatre. To tackle these problems, we introduced innovative methods of encapsulating the works in conjunction with appropriate pedestrian traffic management this ensuring public safety at all times. We used experienced and steady handed craftsmen to carry out the works.

End Result

A&P Group Cargo Ferry Painting

Commercial
Value: £116,786

A&P was originally founded as a centre of expertise in ship design and construction in 1971 and remains 100% privately owned. Our trusted and proven heritage in marine engineering services has become a dynamic catalyst for future-facing development and innovation.

www.ap-group.co.uk

Project Work

While Ro/Ro cargo ferry Norcape, was in dry dock the hull coatings above and below the waterline were applied. Bell Marine UK Ltd also renewed the deck coatings, carried out repairs to the ballast tank and refurbished the accommodation areas, garage-deck bulkheads and deckhead. The specialist materials used in the project included single-pack acrylic topcoats, modified pure epoxy abrasive-resistant primers and a hybrid TBT-free-anti-fouling coating system.

End Result

The refit, a complex operation sometimes involving over 100 personnel working simultaneously on the ship, was completed to its original 42-day schedule to the delight of everyone concerned.

Atholl Estates Blair Castle Painting

Leisure
Value: £130,000

Blair Castle is the home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl, and the headquarters of Europe’s only remaining private army. Set amidst the beautiful scenery of the Perthshire Highlands, the distinctive, crisp white building with its romantic turrets and crenellations was one of the first private homes in Scotland to be opened to the Public.

www.blair-castle.co.uk/

Project Work

Decorating and preserving the historic fabric of the Castle is a project of immense importance and sensitivity. Bell Group was chosen to undertake an external refurbishment that included repairing the roughcast and render, and then redecorating all of the exterior masonry. We selected a specialist “Keim” paint system that complements superb appearance with a very high degree of protection and preservation.

End Result

The unique surroundings and the importance of the building itself meant that environmental factors were under tight scrutiny. The client commented that both the management of the project and the finished result were outstandingly successful.

Jigsaw Redecoration

Leisure
Value:

Jigsaw is a leading-edge fashion chain with its own clothing and accessories design team based in West London. In the fiercely competitive and image-conscious fashion arena, the retail environment is of immense importance. Distinctive shopfitting, flawlessly decorated and finished, is part of the experience.

www.jigsaw-online.com

Project Work

Bell Group was commissioned to work with jigsaw’s own shop designer to create a fresh look in the company’s prestigious Edinburgh store. Set in George Street in the city’s historic New town, the walls and ceiling are painted in neutral colours sympathetic to the magnificent interior, with the intricate ornamental coving accentuated in a contrasting colour. The warm, soft effect enhances the very special character of the building.

End Result

Jigsaw were delighted that the work was carried out while the shop was still trading. The presence of the public in close proximity to our craftsmen made health and safety issues and unobtrusive working practices even more critical than usual.

RAF Cranwell Painting

MOD
Value: £55,000

RAF Cranwell is the home of the Royal Air Force College, the first military air academy in the world. Opened on the fifth of February 1920, it was rebuilt in the 1930s to an elegant, classic design strongly influenced by the architecture of Sir Christopher Wren.

www.raf.mod.uk/rafcranwell/

Project Work

The intricately decorated wrought iron gates and twin lanterns that stand at the entrance of Cranwell’s College Hall reflect the dignity and status of the building. The work of Flight Sergeant Benson, a serving airman who was also a coppersmith and blacksmith, they also date from the 1930s. Bell Group was recently invited to carry out a complete refurbishment of the gates and the lanterns, a project involving the skilled application of 21 carrot-gold leaf to the lettering and detailing of the crests and other ornamentation.

End Result

Our craftsmen completed the immensely satisfying task with the skill and respect it merited, and returned the entrance to its original striking splendour, much to the delight of everyone at RAF Cranwell.

Westfield Shopping Centre Decoration

Leisure
Value: £925,671

The £340m Westfield Shopping Centre in Derby was opened to great acclaim. With over 100 fashion, food and leisure, the Centre has a dynamic and vibrant ambience that is accentuated by its crisp, cool colour schemes and contemporary styling.

uk.westfield.com/derby

Project Work

The Centre was created around and over an existing shopping centre which stayed open during the construction process, so the task of painting and decorating without disrupting commerce presented special challenges. To meet the tight deadlines a dedicated team worked six days a week, scheduling the work in co-operation with the other trades on-site and achieving superlative results. The project involved decorating a huge diversity of surfaces including steelwork, soffits, walls, ceilings, woodwork, blockwork, floors, masonry and pipework with a variety of paints and coatings. An impressive 42,000 litres of paint were used in the project.

End Result

The craftsmanship and quality of the outcome was highly commended and won Bell Group a finalist place in the prestigious “Painter of the Year” competition.

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