Fit for a Sultan!
TILNEY STREET, Mayfair is a listed property rich in history and brimming with period features. Originally built as 3 terraced houses circa1740 by Edward Shepherd alterations were made in the 19th Century to create one town house.
The property is now owned by the Sultan of Brunei and joins onto Brunei Industries offices and is situated along from the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane, all of which is owned by the sultan of Brunei.
The building consists of five floors plus a roof terrace and has a total of 39 rooms. The living quarters are on the third floor. The second floor consists of the master bedroom, changing area and walk in wardrobe. The dining room, vestibule and prep kitchen area are on the first floor. The Ground floor layout includes the drawing room, entrance lobby, toilets and cloakroom, whilst the basement houses the staff living quarters with bedrooms, kitchen, hallway and the garden room leading to the back-garden terrace area.
Portview Fit-out contractors from Northern Ireland were contracted to refurbish the whole property internally and externally. They have undertaken many high end projects, including the Emirates Football Stadium, Tottenham’s new football ground, Royal Ascot, Harrods and Victoria’s Secrets amongst others.
The designers for the works were Shiller Beynon of London and GC Decorators were sub-contracted to undertake the redecoration of the entire interior and exterior of the building. Gavin Collier, Managing Director of GC Decorators brought in two other decorators who were constantly working with him on the property.
Gavin said he, “found a decorator on a forum on Facebook called Lee Monaghan, who deserves a mention as he is probably the most talented decorator, I have worked with in my 32 years in the trade, turning his hand to anything that came along.”
GC Decorators commenced work on site on the 3rd December 2018, and the whole job took 5 months, completing in April 2019.
Work commenced on the exterior of the building. The masonry was finished in Johnstone’s Pliolite oil-based masonry paint. The sash windows were renovated and painted in the Dulux weathershield system.
All ceilings were painted in Dulux SuperMatt, sprayed with an airless Graco 695 spray machine. The ornate dining room and vestibule ceilings were painted in 3 colours. Firstly, they were sprayed then the details picked out in Dulux ice blue and Dulux Romney wool.
Gavin said, “This was a very trying project as we had a lot of problems with other trades, mainly electricians, but to make a quality job we all just had to take a deep breath and our motto on site was to just keep on keeping on, and we did until it was complete”.
Gavin has experience of working on many large-scale projects, and said, “It was very trying at times working alongside all the other trades who often damaged what we had finished”
Difficulties encountered were due to the limited space the builders were working in and lack of storage space for the builders to store anything due to the location. This caused chaos and meant was that work was often done in what was a bomb site.
Gavin is hopefully this will be the start of many more high-end projects with Portview Fit-out or any other contractors who do this sort of work.
GC Decorators are from the North East but work all over the UK and abroad. In the last few years they have undertaken work on British Embassies in Copenhagen and Algeria and worked on cruise ship fit outs in Spain and Holland.
Gavin Collier is the Managing Director of GC Decorators. He’s 50 years old in August and married with 3 children and 1 grandchild. After leaving school at 16, he went straight into the decorating trade serving his apprenticeship with a local Middlesbrough company. Gavin has worked away from home most of his life to earn enough money to give his family a decent life. He’s been self-employed for around 25 years mainly sub-contracting to other companies all over the UK and abroad.
Gavin set up GC Decorators four years ago and has been getting more and more of his own work from main contractors doing mainly commercial work. This has included shopfitting, hotels, pubs and restaurants. Much of his work includes the undertaking of airless spraying or hvlp spraying and his specialisms include hanging wide vinyls and high-end wall coverings. During his career Gavin has undertaken many overseas projects which have seen him travel to Algeria, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Germany and he spent 5 months working on a project in Australia.