Co-op Bank, Preston
Detailed renovation gives local branch a fresh new face
Project Value: £39,000
Concept Group was engaged to revamp the whole exterior and parts of the interior of Co-operative Bank’s Preston branch, bringing the premises back to life in the bank’s familiar corporate livery. Many external fixtures were decaying or damaged, including fascias and soffits, woodwork, masonry, brickwork and metalwork, while water ingress had caused internal damage. The client wished to retain as much of the existing structure as possible while giving the branch an ‘as new’ appearance.
Concept Group’s multi-skilled in-house teams are accustomed to working effectively on ‘live’ sites: the renovation was completed over a four-week period while the bank continued to operate. The client was delighted with the finished job, the lack of disruption and the timely completion of the works.
The works consisted of:
► Installation of new Trespa HPL cladding and frames
► Removal of old and fitting of new fascias and soffits
► Re-glazing and resealing windows front and back
► Restoring window frames to preserve original woodwork
► Full refurbishment of two gable ends
► Replacement of water-damaged barrier matting at entrance
► Installation of drainage channel and renewal of rainwater goods
► Electrostatic spraying of aluminium shopfront to match existing
High-level works required to accomplish the renovation
New Trespa HPL cladding was installed to replace damaged and delaminated fascias and soffits, requiring scaffold to be erected around the front and side elevations to enable independent access to the rooftop and higher-level external areas. Parts of the roof, the guttering and the rainwater goods were also inspected and repaired, while high-level brickwork was repaired and re-pointed.
Significant water damage put right, both inside and out
Water ingress in the past had caused damage to both internal and external parts of the premises. A new drainage channel was installed along the front of the branch, where rainwater had impacted on door and window frames, the ATMs and their surrounds and carpeting in the doorway and lobby. Water damage had also affected render and woodwork in the upper floors of the building, where new wood had to be spliced in to restore the original window frames before the windows themselves could be resealed and re-glazed.