RitecRetrospective: The Lloyd’s Building, UK

The iconic Lloyd’s Building is home to Lloyd’s of London, one of the world’s oldest and most popular insurance markets.

Officially opened in November 1986 by HM The Queen, the Lloyd’s Building is located in London’s financial district. It is an example of Bowellism architecture with its lifts, staircases and most of the piping exposed outside to maximise interior space.

During routine inspections in the early 1990s, the building owners found that paint on the frame around the barrel vaulted atrium was shedding and plating onto the glass. This adhered to the surface, making effective cleaning extremely difficult. A long-term solution had to be found.

In 1991, the atrium glass was successfully renovated and protected with the ClearShield System® in situ. This upgraded the glass surface for ‘non-stick’, easy-clean performance. As a result, any paint flakes landing on the glass protected with ClearShield® were easily wiped off and conventional cleaning methods were still sufficient to maintain the pristine appearance of the glass.

ClearShield® protection was so successful that other glass areas of the Lloyd’s building were treated. This included façade areas and glazing to the external wallclimber lifts.

The Lloyd’s Building’s Facilities Manager said, “We are very impressed with the ClearShield System, it has been extremely beneficial to our facilities management operation and we intend to carry on with the aftercare regime”.

For more information about Ritec ClearShield®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

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