The Belvedere was suffering from flaking paintwork and cracks throughout the render. West Access Conservation removed all the loose and thoroughly prepared the surface and re-rendered where necessary, before externally redecorating the entire building. The whole project was undertaken using rope access to allow the building to continue to be used as a wedding venue.
Sue Spackman – Chair of the Devon Historic Buildings Trust
“The restoration of the exterior of the Haldon Belvedere was complex for several reasons; not least dealing with the varying weather conditions on a day-today basis due to the tower’s exposed location. West Access also had to deal with restricted hours when they could work, as the building is a holiday apartment and wedding venue. In some instances construction problems could only be resolved by on-site investigation and subsequently working out a solution with our architect. Guy and John kept us well informed and were happy to work with the Belvedere’s manager and the trust’s representative on a daily basis. The quality of the work on site showed that their workmen understand the importance of good conservation techniques when working on historic buildings. West Access left the site clean and tidy and ready for weddings, and visitors to the apartment commented that they had enjoyed watching them abseiling passed the windows. The contract was completed within the time allocated and within budget; the tower is a testament to their dedication and skill.”