Bagnalls were awarded the painting and decorative maintenance scheme of works at two of the Jockey Club Racecourses. The contract consisted of the preparation and painting of the structural steelwork and canopy on the main stand at Rowley Mile Racecourse as well as the Royal Box stand at Newmarket Racecourse.
All works took place out of season over a 4-week period, with a completion date of early April in time for the first race of the season. All steelwork was initially washed down using a mild detergent to remove any pigeon excrement, dirt and algae. Damaged paintwork was built up using an intumescent filler and any areas of corrosion or defective paintwork were worked back to a firm edge by wire brushing. Then a three-coat Hempel specialist coatings system was applied to offer long term protection from the elements.
Bagnalls dedicated a site team to complete the works which included four fully IPAF trained operatives, who worked from various types of cherry-pickers and mobile platforms. Due to the weight of the machines, extra care was taken to protect paved areas and prevent damage to slabs by using track matting and ply boarding. In addition, to gain access for painting to the higher level areas of the main stand, the pigeon netting had to be completely removed and replaced with new on completion. Other areas were accessed from mobile towers, which were erected by our PASMA trained operatives.
A further priority was to shield the grandstand seating, glass canopies and flooring from any paint splashes, so every single seat on every single row, plus every canopy/glass barrier and the respective floor area were fully sheeted over for protection. Bagnalls liaised closely with racecourse and conference centre managers at all times to ensure the conference facilities were always safely accessible.