One of our latest and maybe the most complex signage installation project carried out by our professional abseiler team in the fully glazed atrium of Marriott Hotel, Kensington. This lighting signage installation (replacement) was based on advanced rope access techniques fundamentally. As this fragile glass atrium cannot be accessible on any other way, and the fixings of this signage placed on the highest beam structure above the lobby area, just below the glass roof, any other lifting method (crane operation or similar) couldn’t be calculated for this project. This signage installation and replacement project was a major part of the internal refurbishment works and the new facial design of ” Marriott Hotels & Resorts”. Next to this delicate signage installation, our abseiler team carried out a comprehensive window cleaning works on the internal surfaces and the top of the atrium, some repairs of the hardwood cladding, a minor leak inspection and repair, and glazing repair works on the glass roof. Meanwhile the interior works approached to the final phase in the lobby area, our team removed and lowered the old, original, lighting “Marriott” sign from the top of the atrium for the start of the comprehensive refurbishment and remake works, carried out by Ashleigh Sign Ltd.. Lower this huge 9.5 metres long 450Kg weight signage from the top beam structure to the strictly limited space of the lobby area safely, with pinpoint accuracy was challenging, but our experienced abseiler team completed this huge undertaking seamlessly. However this internal refurbishment project of the lobby area and the “Cast Iron” restaurant brought a beautiful final result, these works changed some basic conditions of this delicate lifting operation. Signage installation is never easy, but when the space requirement of this newly refurbished sign rose from the original 9.5 metres to 12.5 metres, meanwhile the entrance area shrank significantly and the starting position of the signage pushed away with two metres, then revising of our original plan became inevitable. Over the difficulties of the assembly works on the ground, the moving and lifting operation also faced with severe complications. Remove, lower and direct the original 450 Kg, 9.5 m long sign to the right place in the lobby area, using rope access techniques and pulley systems only, was a huge undertaking, but the reinstate and installation of the new 12.5 metres long signage next to the fragile glass fins (like the bull in a china shop) required our best and decades of experience. Eventually, the perfect planning, professional coordination and teamwork paid off and the new signage installed back onto its own place to the top beams in one day. All wiring and other details completed by our professional engineering team that made easier for any further maintenance for our maintenance division, and signage maintenance team at propertymaintenancecontractors.co.uk
The replacement of the vertical sign at the back side of the atrium also required our professional abseiling services, but it is another story….