Facade building wrap to cover construction work at Somerset House

Facade building wrap are used when historical buildings or buildings of architectural importance undergone refurbishment or maintenance work. As these buildings are the reason or part of the reason why tourists visit them, its important, they look as good as possible. Typically, as they are old, they need constant renovation and conservation work.

This is when facade building wrap covers or hides the unpleasant looking scaffolding. If done well, the construction work almost becomes invisible.

Somerset House is open to the public and often has exhibitions and events at the impressive grade 1 listed building. Events like Film4 summer screen, which over fourteen summer nights has London’s largest outdoor screen. Film4 transform’s the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court into a stunning open-air cinema.

Facade building wrap hides the scaffolding

This project is on two separate scaffolding structures which supports the temporary roof. A necessary requirement for the renovation work. But whilst the work is being carried out Film4 has an event in the courtyard area of Somerset House and the scaffolding structures looked unsightly. Project Print Management was asked to produce our facade building wrap to disguise the scaffolding.

As the scaffolding had already been installed, we used some library images taken by the professional photographer. This photo worked well as the photographer had ready touched up some of the image.

Building wrap are digitally printed onto mesh PVC

Printed onto a mesh PVC banner material which is then wrapped onto our installed scaffolding sub-frame.

The building wrap was digitally printed on 5 meter wide format printer using UV ink technology. The print is expected to last around 3-4 years externally however does depend on the exposure to the sun. South facing print will fade faster than if it was in the shade.  The finishing we used a high frequency welder and eyeletted every 300mm.

Installation by rope access specialists

The installation is carried out by our specialist rope access team, who have training up to IRATA level 3 qualification. All our rope access installers are also CSCS certified.

IRATA International is a formal training and certification scheme, and grading structure. All IRATA International members are obliged to use this scheme. Rope access technicians are grouped into 3 grades, depending upon their experience and level of assessment.  

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