Great Central Station, Leicester
Work on Great Central Station started in March 2018 as part of a regeneration project to the waterside area. The façade had been left to the elements since it’s closure in 1969 and the whole building required extensive cleaning and restoration.
Starting with some façade cleaning test trials lasting two days we put together a complete, cost-effective, cleaning and restoration programme that considered the current condition of the building and the methods needed to restore it. The test trials help us to gain a full and honest understanding of the building’s issues. Working with a mixture of terracotta, brick, and metal we needed to make sure we took the correct approach to each material and considered that each would need different products, cleaning methods, and come with their own unique challenges.
The project included paint removal from interior sections of the open building and sensitive façade cleaning to the underlying brick and terracotta façade with sensitive steam cleaning methods. Now fully restored it sits as a gem of the Leicester waterside area, a historic icon retouched and brought into the 21st century.
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