Specialist Paint Removal and Waste Management Solutions

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    Site Specific Paint Removal Solutions for Internal and External Stone, Brick, Concrete and Timber

    From building façades and old mills to museums and private properties we have experience in successfully testing and removing paint from building fabrics whilst retaining the integrity of the masonry. Removing paint isn’t an easy task, with multiple types and layers of paint historically applied, detailed pre-project testing and trials are required to determine the best solution, products and methods to help remove, restore and preserve the building fabric once the paint has been removed. When detailed pre-project investigations are not completed, paint removal can be fraught with risk and difficulties. Understanding the type of paint, number of layers, removal techniques and waste management requirements are essential in designing the appropriate solution. We employ a wide variety of paint removal techniques to remove the paint, designed to suit the built environment and onsite requirements. Call today for a more in depth overview of our approach or book a test trial.

    Layers of paint that have been applied over the years to freshen up the façade can hide a multitude of sins; the paint will, over time, weaken the masonry until it becomes soft and begins to crumble and fail.

    Our 21st Century approach drives all our activities; we help future proof the built environment and property investments.

    Specialist, tailor made paint removal solutions for stone, brick & concrete


    Older buildings (painted 40+ years ago) may be coated with lead-based paint which means that you will need to consider the safety and environmental impact of removing it. Paint testing kits are available off the shelf, but we generally do not advocate anything other than extensive pre-project testing in order to achieve the best results possible. We work in line with the philosophy of English Heritage and Historic England, helping period properties and historic buildings live into the 21st Century. Working with minimal intervention and utilising methods and techniques that are aligned with the building’s history and future performance needs, conservation and sustainability are at the heart of what we do.

    The key to a successful paint removal project lies in the preparation, and any pre-project testing will enable you to build an understanding of the following:

    • Method selection, paint softeners, dwell times, aggregate use, pressures, temperatures and
      flow rates and how these factors can work together to soften, break down and
      remove the paint with minimal damage to the substrate.
    • Demonstrations will allow you to see how various methods work and how they will impact the
      building façade.
    • Avoiding chemical/blasting methods is essential if you want to preserve the patina of your
      masonry. It may seem to be a cheaper, more instant method but it will more than likely
      significantly damage the building façade


    We specialise in the following façade restoration and refurbishment services for commercial, listed and period properties

    • Façade steam cleaning and restoration: Super-heated steam, Nebulous, aggregate, poultice and
      chemical cleaning
    • Brick, stone repairs and repointing.
    • Paint removal on building façades.
    • Masonry, concrete façade repairs and expansion joints.
    • Traditional roofing and leadwork, using slate and lead.
    • Installation of traditional rainwater and guttering systems.
    • Sash window repair and decoration.
    • Installation of internal lime plasters and renders.
    • Specialist decorations such as gilding and limewashing.


    Here at Building Transformation we take a proactive approach to every paint removal project, scheduling a full inspection and site meeting to understand why you want to remove paint and how you envisage the outcome. A visual inspection is then undertaken with you, the client (or architect/conservation officer), where we look for weaknesses, spalling/failure of masonry and agree a testing location. If your building is suitable for paint removal we will then discuss methods, risks and possible outcomes to ensure that we are in agreement about the most appropriate options. Extensive testing is undertaken whereby 3-6 methods will be tested, followed by a variety of steam clean pressures/temperatures. This will enable us to ascertain the best combination for the desired outcome. We are conservation driven in our philosophy and approach to masonry cleaning and building restoration. “Conservation is the process of managing change to a significant place or building, how best to maintain its values, whilst recognising opportunities to reveal or reinforce these values for present and future generations.” (Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance 2015).


    Building Transformation’s unquestionable honesty and enthusiasm for ensuring the client receives the correct whole-life solution (rather than a quick fix) resulted in us being able to ensure the building was not only returned to its former glory, but will stay that way for years to come. I would recommend them to anyone.

    Kenny Gash - Carillion Amey

    The work provided by Building Transformation was excellent. Their product and building exteriors knowledge is detailed, comprehensive and practically applied to the client’s needs. They offer a professional, detailed, high-quality and customer- focused service which meets the short, medium and long-term needs of the client, and provides practical, cost-realistic advice.

    Kerry Quinn - Echo Arena

    Customer service is paramount to Building Transformation and they invested vast amounts of time in providing me with a programme to facilitate what was a very complex and time-specific programme of work for the site. The quality and level of support provided by Building Transformation is priceless to any client/contractor.

    Marc Blow MCIOB MBIFM - Carillion Amey

    The approach and advice on setting up the works at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre were first-class. Building Transformation’s attention to detail was excellent and the RAMS were followed meticulously to every detail. We were delighted with the works and service, and would not hesitate to use them again, nor hesitate to recommend them to any organisation.

    Kevin Egginton - Wolverhampton Council

    A 200,000 sq. ft., four-storey leisure venue in the heart of Nottingham city centre surrounded by major traffic routes needed work to be done overnight to deal with the traffic issues, while the site remained open throughout. The project took around three weeks to complete and went exceptionally well; the Building Transformation staff were flexible and able to work round dynamic operational issues. The clean was of a high standard and has made a significant different to the image of the building. A very difficult job done well.

    Suzanne Green - Land Securities

    May & Co have worked with Building Transformation on a number of projects which have included external building cleaning and refurbishment. They provided a great service, supported by the high level of documentation from the initial quotation to books and industry-related guidance, all relevant to our project.

    Anton Theobald - May & Co

    I am very satisfied in the manner the job was conducted. Also the level of cleaning provided and attention to detail is much appreciated.

    Waqas Bin Tahir - Ibis Southampton

    I am using Building Transformation’s work to help justify façade restoration works around our business. They have produced excellent presentations on what can be achieved and is a brilliant piece of informed marketing that is helping slowly win people over in our business to take façade cleaning and restoration more seriously.

    Needless to say Building Transformation is a name that is now becoming known and respected.

    Simon Attwood - Broadgate Estates Ltd.

    Building Transformation gave great communication throughout our projects.
    It will be my pleasure to recommend Building Transformation.

    Sarah Cameron - My Hotels Group

    Just signed off the job with Richard. Myself, the bosses and the tenant all are very pleased with the work. It definitely looks rejuvenated just a case of painting the concrete window surrounds in the new year to finish it off. Have found your company and staff very professional and helpful which has facilitated a project with minimal inconvenience and disruption to our in situ tenants.

    Mark Hollinshead - Headruddy Property Development

    I had a walk around today with Dave and am impressed with the work so far. Dave and the team have done a great job.

    I’d certainly love to work with you in the future so perhaps before the job is completed we could look at what opportunities there are for the future.

    Marie Green - Novotel Sheffield

    At this stage, from my point of view your team has been extremely professional, informing us of what was happening at all times and most importantly no disruption whatsoever to our guests and business.

    Ludovic Verzi - Novotel Leeds

    We are very satisfied in the manner the job was conducted. The operatives on site were very professional and communicated to us at all times.

    Maria Pinana Mateu - Science Museum

    The team at Building Transformation understood our challenge of finding a facade cleaning solution that would initially restore the glazing to its original state, protecting our building for years to come. Through intelligent and thorough testing right through to the full restoration of Block D, we have been very satisfied with the project management and delivery of the cleaning programme.

    Colin Pilkington - Renaker Build Limited

    Thank you for all the work that you carried out in cleaning the outside of our school. We are delighted with the results. You have managed to completely remove heavy staining from many areas around the building.

    We found you extremely easy to work with: your quote was reasonable, you carried out the work quickly and you were very flexible in terms of timings.

    Tamsin Griffith - Courtney Road Primary School, Bristol

    have worked with Building Transformation on several projects within the hospitality industry and have found
    them to provide high levels of professionalism and workmanship.


    e will definitely be working with you again! Your engineers were very polite and accommodating every time they visited site and have done a first class job. I will be recommending Building Transformation to everyone!

    Mark Healy - One Facility

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    A Unique Guide ON How To Restore And Protect Building Skins

    Whether it’s a technical façade condition inspection, specialist advice, façade cleaning test trials and specification development, the delivery of a building cleaning project within a challenging access environment or a full building refurbishment project with ongoing going façade management strategies to maximise your ROI, we can help.

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    The urban environment has changed enormously since the majority of building maintenance concerns were focused on more traditional masonry structures, materials, pollution levels, weather patterns – even the height of most buildings are completely different to a hundred years ago. This book illustrates how Building Transformation’s methods breathe new life, energy and vitality into building skins and cities.