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John Knox House, Edinburgh

Client: John Knox House

Project Description

Our recent works included the external decoration to all previously painted surfaces.

All masonry walls were cleaned down and 3 coats of smooth masonry were applied.

All existing timber was in poor condition, all flaking and poorly adhering paint was removed by scraping down then sanded to a smooth surface. Timber was then primed, undercoated and glossed.

All metal elements of the building were prepared in the same manner before receiving 2 coats smooth metal.

After decoration was complete and scaffolding was removed, our sign writer went in and reinstated the hand painted lettering to the building.

Key challenges overcome

Due to the historical significance of the building and its location on the Royal Mile a permit to erect the fixed scaffold needed to carry out some of the works required a permit from Edinburgh City Council. The complexity of the application process meant that the permit took 4 months to obtain. This was applied for and obtained in sufficient time for works to commence as planned.

To adhere to the permit regulations, the scaffold had to be started on the Sunday as this area was highly populated and high traffic area.

To comply with this regulation and minimize disruption to the building and local area we erected the scaffold after 6pm, with additional scaffolders to accelerate the process.

About John Knox House

John Knox House is a Category A listed historic house on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, a well-known tourist attraction, described by one architectural historian as ‘improbably picturesque’. Lived in by Protestant reformer John Knox during the 16th century.The House dates back to 1470, making it and Moubray House attached, the oldest, original medieval building surviving on the Royal Mile and is associated with one of the most dramatic and turbulent times in Scottish History – The Scottish Reformation – which resulted in the outbreak of civil war and the abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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