Not surprisingly in its time, Pendock has provided casement solutions for applications ranging from schools to hospitals, from train stations to hotels. But its most recent contract has focused on a high-end property development, where Pendock was tasked with helping to achieve the architect’s highest – or lowest – aesthetic ambitions.
In fact, some 69 GRP Circular Skirting Collars – plus spares – have been specially produced for Berkeley Homes’ high profile new project at Chelsea Bridge overlooking Battersea Park, known as the Vista Project. They are being installed around the base of 400 and 500mm diameter concrete columns to match the skirtings used throughout the 453 apartments; many of which will command multi-million purchase prices.
P.M.J. Construction were contracted to install skirting around the bases of the columns concerned, they had originally tried to get their carpenters to fashion them employing MDF. They used small sections of a standard 18mm skirting to form the collar. They then sanded to form the desired smooth circular shape. Unfortunately, this process took many man hours and the finish was rejected by Berkeley Homes.
Defeated, the contractor approached Pendock for help, leading the encasement specialist to produce sets of molds so that the collars required could be cast from much more hardwearing glass reinforced gypsum.
The molds for the two sizes were manufactured in two halves and shaped to mirror the detail on the main skirtings. Then on site it took just a matter of minutes to fill the joints before being decorated to match the rest of the interior décor.
A Berkeley spokesperson, said of Pendock, “nobody else seemed to offer a solution.”
Pendock is, in fact, well known for its bespoke solutions, with its highly skilled in-house design teams offering everything from telephone support and technical guidance to full CAD drawings. For Berkeley Homes’ prestigious Vista project, Pendock was able to provide a start to finish service, which included the site survey, design of the collars and then an installation package – thus ensuring that the project went as smoothly as possible.