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THOMANN-HANRY - The Ritz Gets Facelift Without Major Surgery

The Portland stone fašade on The Ritz, London's world famous, five star hotel, has been restored to its former glory in just three weeks using a remarkable masonry cleaning system. 3,600m2 of stonework was cleaned, without any scaffold, using an exclusive 'fašade gommage' system developed and provided by specialist Thomann-Hanry. Conventional cleaning methods would have taken nearer six months to complete.

Situated in Piccadilly, The Ritz is one of London's grandest and most celebrated hotels. Over the years it has earned its reputations as London's No.1 hotel destination for the discerning, elite traveller and, as anyone who's stayed there will agree, it isn't for nothing that it's the only hotel to be awarded a Royal Warrant.

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Unfortunately, as the experience offered to guests inside the Hotel has improved, weather and pollution have taken their toll on the appearance of the external fašade. Of course, this isn't unique to The Ritz, or even London. Over time the British weather and pollution adversely affect virtually every building in every major city in the country. A quick look at the Bank of England's once pristine Portland stone walls will attest to this.

A New Approach to a Common Problem
To bring the external appearance back up to The Ritz's impeccably high standards, its management selected Thomann-Hanry's unique cleaning system. Why? Firstly, it's effective. Very effective. Whether brick, stone or terracotta, the system removes soiling that conventional methods leave behind.

Secondly, it's extremely quick. This 3,600m2 fašade with its intricate moulding and decorative carving was cleaned in three weeks, when any other option would have taken four to six months.

Finally, no scaffolding was required. The cleaning operatives gained access to the walls from a special cabin supported and manoeuvred by a crane on the ground below.

No Pain: No Stains
What does all this mean? The real benefit to the client was that room occupancy remained unaffected during the work, saving the hotel thousands in otherwise lost revenue. As the Olympics approach, this system will no doubt prove popular for cleaning the stonework on many more of London's high profile buildings.

Cleaning Pedigree
Clients with high-profile buildings the world over have chosen the Thomann-Hanry system. It has been used to clean The Louvre in Paris, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and the 56 storey MetLife building above Grand Central Station in New York. Back in London, it has also been used to clean Marks & Spencer's flagship store at Marble Arch, the Grosvenor House Hotel and Deutsche Bank in the City.

Stephen Boxall, MD of The Ritz said:
"We are delighted with the results of the recent clean to the exterior masonry of the hotel. We were particularly conscious that the work did not cause any inconvenience or disturbance either to our hotel guests or to pedestrians and traffic in Piccadilly. The efficiency and speed with which Thomann-Hanry were able to complete the project has been quite astounding. The continuing refurbishment of the hotel building is a testament to the commitment we have made to ensure that The Ritz is looking her best at all times."

Mark Styles, Thomann-Hanry's UK MD, commented that "Having cleaned dozens of high profile hotels worldwide, we've realised that one of the reasons hoteliers choose our system is because we offer the only solution that doesn't adversely affect their all important room revenues during the cleaning operation."

For clients with buildings that require a facelift with maximum speed and minimum disruption, Thomann-Hanry offers an ideal alternative to major surgery.


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