Conservation and Restoration in Dublin
Planning for the restoration of a historic, 270-year old Georgian building is a challenge. And when that building is also home to the national Parliament, with government business as usual, those challenges escalate. Safety was, understandably, the main consideration.
For temporary containment and weather protection, the client wanted a full PVC building wrap, digitally printed with an image of Leinster House’s facade. The material had to be flame retardant for site safety and approved to the Loss Prevention Certification Board’s (LPCB) LPS 1215 standard. Unfortunately, no such PVC product has the required LPS 1215 flame retardant rating.
The appointed scaffolding contractors, McCrory Access Solutions, approached Industrial Textiles & Plastics (ITP) who manufacture Powerclad FR Scaffold Sheeting, which is approved to LPS 1215 and LPS 1207 for plain and printed sheeting.
Quality of the print was a significant concern, as the image had to be precise to full scale for a building that is 50m wide across its front facade. ITP produced and delivered a test print, essential to demonstrate the accuracy of the image reproduction on Powerclad FR Premium Scaffold Sheeting.
Once the test print was approved by the client, the challenge of recreating the facade image on 2.0m wide scaffold sheeting was taken up by ITP’s in-house design and print department. They enhanced, tiled and layered the image for digital printing on custom 52m length sheeting to accommodate the full width of the building.
McCrory Access Solutions were responsible for the meticulous installation at Leinster House of the precisely aligned and printed sheeting. Restoration work could then progress safely behind a full-size, flame retardant reproduction of the building’s elegant facade.
Note: for security and contractual reasons, we are unable to publish images of the project at this time.
Leinster House, Dublin
McCrory Access Solutions
Powerclad FR Premium Scaffold Sheeting with digital printing