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Barwin using the DOFF Cleaning System

Barwin using the DOFF Cleaning System


Barwin using the DOFF cleaning system...

DOFF cleans stonework and masonry using high temperature steam. Whilst the temperature in the system is high, the pressure on the surface being cleaned is very gentle and the volume of water is low. The surface is therefore not saturated and will be dry within minutes.

What surfaces should I use the DOFF on?
We recommend the DOFF for use on surfaces such as brick, stone and concrete. 

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If you require further information please contact us on: 020 8345 7900 or email: sales@barwin.co.uk

Brompton Cemetery Finalists in the Constructing Excellence Awards

Brompton Cemetery Finalists in the Constructing Excellence Awards


Our client Bolt and Heeks are finalists in the Constructing Excellence Awards in the Preservation and Rejuvenation Category for the outstanding project we undertook at The Royal Parks Brompton Cemetery.

Next week on the 19th April we will be informed if the entry has been successful and the winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner in June 2018.

Whyteleafe under 18s win 8-0 making a triumph victory

Whyteleafe under 18s win 8-0 making a triumph victory

Barwin are delighted with the recent accomplishment from Whyteleafe FC and the win against Rochester City, making a triumph victory at 8-0. This was the Quarter Final of the Kent Invitational which was held at the weekend. 

Whyteleafe Football Club under 18s team is managed by Darren Kenny and Barwin have been the proud sponsors of the football team for many years now and look forward to continually supporting them. 
Barwin Welcome New Marketing and Business Development Manager

Barwin Welcome New Marketing and Business Development Manager

Due to the continued growth at Barwin we are pleased to welcome Mariam Khadbai as the Marketing and Business Development Manager. 

She comes from the property and construction industry and her experience will steer Barwin towards the challenging goals they have set out. Her role will be essential as we progress and take the company forwards. 
We are attending ECOBUILD 2018

We are attending ECOBUILD 2018

Barwin are attending the Ecobuild (UK) 2018 Exhibition at ExCeL London. We look forward to meeting the 450+ exhibitors and attending the seminars and conferences! If you would like to meet and discuss upcoming projects please call us on: 020 8345 7900 or email: sales@barwin.co.uk

Brick Conference 2018

Brick Conference 2018

We have had the pleasure to attend the #BRICKConference18 at The Prince's Regeneration Trust, great networking opportunity and to gain an insight into the key issues in the heritage regeneration sector today. 

BRICK was formed by The Prince's Regeneration Trust (PRT) four years ago to increase the capacity of the community groups to secure the funding they need to regenerate their local heritage. Today it's seldom sufficient to save a building for it's past, for what it was, for the use it had, you have to look at its role today and tomorrow. 

Barwin Launch Small Works Constructiom

Barwin Launch Small Works Constructiom


Barwin Launch Small Works Construction

Having spent over 30 years in the construction industry the team at Barwin have worked on many large residential, commercial and industrial projects across the UK.

Recently it has become more apparent that our clients require more, and with this in mind Small Works Construction has been set up to help assist our clients with extra services. All our projects will include an initial site visit and survey so that we can fully understand the project and are able to provide you with the highest level of service.

This is being headed by Eric Staggs and his team of highly skilled tradesmen who all have many years of construction experience and knowledge. Eric has been part of the Barwin team for 5 years and he has made a big impact on all the projects he has worked on.

Along with the small works Barwin will also carry out reactive/ emergency works and can be with you within 24 hours, 7 days a week.

For further information please call us on: 020 8345 7900 or email sales@barwin.co.uk.

For more information on what our small works consist of please click here


13 Claremont, Hastings Library, Hastings

13 Claremont, Hastings Library, Hastings


Hastings Library is a Grade II listed Brassey Insititue, which is a lovely example of decorative Venetian Gothic architecture. Designed by Walter Liberty Vernon for Thomas Brassey during his period as MP for Hastings and built in 1878. 

Lord Brassey opened a free public library in the Institute in 1881, and donated ownership of the whole building, along with a School of Arts to Hastings Council in 1887. The Brassey Institute was awarded Grade II listed building status in 1987, along with the adjoining former FJ Parsons / Observer print works. The building is still used as the Hastings Public Library today.

Barwin were appointed to carry out external refurbishment and cleaning of this building facade. The defective stone and brickwork was cut out by means of hand tools and replaced to match the existing style. 

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Barwin were instructed to restore the front facade of this beautiful Grade II listed property in Kent, carefully cutting back the damaged cornice and rerun, cut back blown areas of flat render and re-render. We prepapred and painted all previously painted surfaces bringing this property back to it's glory.
The property was photographed by World of Interiors on completion of our works.





Barwin were appointed on behalf of Lewisham Homes to carry out surveys, repairs and decorating as a part of the Major Works programme in the Deptford area. The objective of this project is to meet the Government’s Decent Homes Standard (DHS).
Barwin's skilled operatives have completed surveys, restoration and decorating of 80 residential properties, a large proportion of 1920's properties are Grade II* listed houses located within a conservation area. The scope of work included Stucco stone restoration, specialist painting, lime based rendering, brick matching and replacement and external decoration and protection.

Kings Chapel     

Kings Chapel     

We are currently undertaking full restoration works on Kings Chapel.

Barwin property services ltd are have been chosen to undertake sensitive cleaning and restoration of the external elevations of the building which will form two magnificently exclusive, contemporary  houses.

The Kings Chapel is the work of Victorian architect, Edward Blore, best known for his contributions to the design of Buckingham Palace. The Chapel was originally designed to serve as the Chapel of the College of St Mark. The building, commissioned by Derwent Coleridge, the son of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, was completed in 1841.

In the 1920s a merger of two educational institutions created The College of St Mark and St John, of which the Chapel remained a part.
The architectural approach – pioneered by Shard Architects – lightly touches the original shell of the Chapel, with the two houses – crafted internally by Thorp Design – floating gently within the restored outline of the original building undertaken  skilfully  and considerately  by Barwin management and masons.




Westbourne Terrace is situated in Paddington where the stucco fronted grade II listed properties have a value often in excess of £1 million, the properties dating back circa 1840 were in a bad state of repair due to general negligence, poor maintenance and poorly undertaken historic repair and decoration.

Barwin undertook extensive testing and surveys to identify the defects and the methods required to restore the buildings as required by the client.

Barwin reinstated the façade to match the original as closely as possible. On completion of these works Barwin were then employed to undertake the decoration of the building under the guidance and specification from AkzoNobel.

Due to our performance on site we have recently received further instruction to undertake the restoration in its entirety to the fluted porticoes cap and plinths, we have also started the complete restoration to the railings of said porticoes and boundary walls.



Barwin are pleased to announce and welcome Natalie as our newst member of the Barwin team. 
Natalie will be responsible for the day to day administration, working closely with the Companies Personal Assistant Danielle, assisting with pre-qualification questionnaires, part time buying and assisting all staff members with the day to day running of the Business. 

Barwin are also pleased to annoucne and welcome Dave to our team with the recruitment of contracts manager. Dave will be responsible for the delivery of many projects, as well as assisting the estimating team when required. 
He has many years experience within the restoration field and will be an asset to Barwin's already strong team.
External Refurbishment - Cross Keys Pub, White Notley

External Refurbishment - Cross Keys Pub, White Notley


Barwin undertook to External Refurbishment of the Grade II listed Public House 'The Cross Keys' in White Notlely dating back to the 1700's.
Barwin were appointed to remove the external paint to bring the public house back to it's existing state, by using the DOFF and TORC Systems by our highly Stonehealth trained Workforce. 
The owner of the pub was very pleased with the results as you can see from the before and after pictures the success of the outstanding external facade.
 Cross Keys Pub
Another String to our Bow

Another String to our Bow


Barwin have become Green Deal Installers of green deal approved energy efficiency measures, certification in compliance with publicly available specification PAS 2030.

Barwin have fully approved EWI (External Wall Installers) operatives and workforce, competent in installation methods, quality control, equipment, inspections, handover and corrective action procedures. 

The Green Deal Installers accreditation is sign of quality for Energy efficiency improvements delivered under the Green Deal.

Barwin's Champion the Champion's

Barwin's Champion the Champion's


Whyteleafe FC Under 15’s Return Home with the Faversham Trophies Challenge Cup

Whyteleafe FC

Barwin with their commitment to youth support and development are proud to announce that one of the teams they have sponsored have just been successful in winning the Kent youth leagues Faversham trophies challenge Cup.

Whyteleafe FC say it was a night to remember and thanked Barwin for their continuing support.

Barwin wish them all the very best in the push for the league title this season and look forward to a long association with the club.  

Barwin Enjoy receiving Stonehealth’s Rosette Award

Barwin Enjoy receiving Stonehealth’s Rosette Award


Barwin have been awarded Stonehealth’s Rosette for DOFF and TORC, We are on Stonehealth’s approved list of contractors.

The Rosette award is prestigious and only awarded to companies that meet the prescribed standards. Barwin carries out work in a way that meets all the Stonehealth Rosette requirements with our fully trained operatives in the use of Stonehealth’s equipment.

DOFF cleaning system is superheated water & steam, operating at a genuine 150 degrees centigrade, that removes most types of paints, bitumen and biological growth.

TORC cleaning system is a gentle swirling vortex stone cleaning machine using a mixture of low air pressure, little water and a safe fine granulate.

Barwin's continued growth see's them appoint Kerry Levy

Barwin's continued growth see's them appoint Kerry Levy


Barwin are pleased to announce that Kerry Levy has joined Barwin as their new Office Administrator.

Kerry joins Barwin having previously worked for a Roofing Company for 7 years.

Kerry's responsivities will be to assist Danielle with Pre-qualification questionnaires, Training, Renewing accreditations and assisting our Contracts Managers with the day to day running of the business.

We wish Kerry a long and successful career at Barwin. 

UK Masonry Skills Challenge 2016

UK Masonry Skills Challenge 2016

Barwin are proud to sponsor the UK Masonry Skills Challenge, organised by Stone Federation Great Britain. This competition is designed to test the skills needed for successful entry into stone masonry trade.  It is open to teams of three apprentices from each of the UK's stone masonry colleges. The Challenge is judged by experts from within the natural stone and stone masonry industry.

Wayne Sampson, director at Barwin said:

"This competition promotes the stone masonry trade and career routes within the construction industry. Through this event, Stone Federation creates valuable connections between construction industry employers and young, emerging craft professionals. "

Terence Toomey new addition to Barwin team

Terence Toomey new addition to Barwin team

Barwin are pleased to announce a welcome addition to our team with the recruitment of contracts manager Terence Toomey. He is responsible for delivery of projects, as well as assisting estimating team when required.

Terence has started his working life at the age of 16 working with his father, carrying out varying types of building works, including asbestos removal. At the age of 18 he started his plastering apprenticeship at City & Guilds. After achieving his qualification, Terence joined a contractor specialising in polished plaster, where he worked for 9 years progressing to the contract manager’s position. Since then he has held a number of project and contract management roles, working for some renowned specialist ceramics and building façade contractors. Terence was responsible for running a number of high value, prestigious commercial and residential projects. He was a project manager overseeing the installation of marble and other types of stone at St George Wharf Tower, a 50 storey residential skyscraper in Vauxhall, consisting of 220 apartments with natural stone flooring and marble bathrooms in all apartments.

Bringing to Barwin over 36 years of experience in construction industry, Terence’s main areas of expertise are in the fields of restoration and installation of external façade finishes. He has a good practical knowledge of various types of natural stone; coloured renders; external panelling rain-screen systems by Trespa and installation of internal marble, granite, slate and ceramic walls and floors.

Terence is Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) certified and holds Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) black contract manager’s accreditation, he attended numerous Health & Safety Courses and holds H & S certificate for managers and directors.

Outside of work Terry’s interests include playing golf and watching football.
Barwin continue sponsorship of the WFC under 15’s team home kit

Barwin continue sponsorship of the WFC under 15’s team home kit

Following a meeting at the ground, Barwin decided to continue their sponsorship of the home team kit for the new season.

Our Managing Director, Wayne Sampson met with the team to present them with the Player’s Player of the Year, Supporter’s Player of the Year and Manager’s Player of the Year awards. The team achieved their successful season finishing second in the 2014-15.

Wayne is delighted to be involved with Whyteleafe Football Club at this exciting time. Wayne was a semi-professional football player in his youth and the team’s ambitions remind him of those glorious days.

The very best of luck to the team in the new season!


Graffiti and the 2015 General Election

Graffiti and the 2015 General Election

Some of the graffiti is considered art, although we are not denying its artistic merits, unauthorised graffiti is still plain vandalism. The legal distinction between the two is permission, without permission, painters of public and private property are, by definition, criminals [1].
Graffiti can be traced back to the cave art of the Paleolithic Age, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Throughout history, politics is an eternal theme in graffiti. As the country approaches the general election on 7 May 2015, the amount of calls asking us to remove election-related writings, mostly offensive and abusive, increases daily. There is no coincidence in this notion, in the UK there is a long tradition of political graffiti that usually accompany the elections. Anyone can suffer graffiti attacks on their personal property, such as the walls and fences of our homes.
Barwin have prepared a simple guide of ‘what to do’ if your property or buildings have been vandalised by graffiti:
Prompt removal is key. It stops absorption of paint deep into the pores of the surface.
DO NOT attempt to remove graffiti yourself, you may cause permanent damage to the masonry that may be worse than graffiti itself to remove. Leave the graffiti removal task to a professional cleaning contractor.
SEEK ADVICE FROM THE LOCAL AUTHORITY before you carry out any work if your property is listed.
Barwin offer a 24 hour call out service for offensive/racist graffiti, very competitive rates and provide high Level access. We will remove graffiti from any surface, including historical buildings, monuments and statues. We examine the surface and select the best suited products and removal method for the surface.
Why Barwin?
•    Barwin only use latest technology, machinery and biodegradable materials by Stonehealth and Chela
•    Using TORC and DOFF systems we can remove most types of paint, from any surface
•    We use poultice-based treatment, to avoid damage to the surface
•    We only use abrasive systems (sand/powder blasting) when other methods do not work
•    We remove graffiti shadowing to restore the surface to its’ original colour.
We strongly recommend application of anti-graffiti coatings to protect the surfaces from future graffiti damage. These coatings seal the pores of the brick and stone enabling the graffiti to be easily removed. Some coatings are permanent while others are designed to be washed away each time any graffiti is applied.
The main benefits of anti-graffiti coatings are:
•    Sufficient adherence without damage to historical buildings
•    Protection with no change in the appearance, no darkening of the treated surface or sheen
•    The coating performs in the same way in wet or dry conditions, resistant to UV aging and weathering
•    Environmentally friendly composition is not toxic to people, animals or plant life
•    The coating can be easily, completely removed from the surface should this be necessary.
•    Obstructing the access by erecting a fence in front of walls or planting shrubs to make vulnerable areas inaccessible, but be careful not to use a plant that will damage the stone or brick.
•    Installation of good lighting and CCTV in areas that are dark and often hit with graffiti.
Our Graffiti Removal Programme (MGRP) offers fixed discounted rates for graffiti removal in business parks, leisure centres, schools, private/public property.
[1] If someone is found guilty of applying graffiti without the permission of the owner of the property, they can be arrested and charged under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and can be fined or imprisoned or both. Even lackadaisical property owners who tolerate graffiti can be fined. The local authorities can ask owners of property to remove any graffiti as a matter of urgency and issue fines against owners who refuse to do so.
MIPIM, 10-13 March 2015

MIPIM, 10-13 March 2015

Barwin team had a very successful trip to MIPIM this year.

MIPIM is the world’s leading property market, bringing together over 30,000 professionals from property sector for four days in Cannes, France each year.

Since returning from Cannes we have been very busy dealing with responses to the numerous enquiries received, particularly in a field of external restoration. The team could not meet up with everyone but would be delighted to do so in the coming months.

Barwin Decorating Services Ltd launch

Barwin Decorating Services Ltd launch

Having had a very successful 2014, Barwin are pleased to announce that we are expanding our service offer to satisfy growing demand from our clients. Barwin Decorating Services Ltd will be launched at the end of December to offer fully encompassing building exterior decoration services.

In line with our popular building cleaning and restoration companies, Barwin Decorating Services Ltd will be undertaking all categories of external decorating projects, ranging from small private residential homes to commercial schemes of £1 million and above.

Please call or email us to discuss your requirements. We will give you a full on-site appraisal and advice on works to be carried out, followed by a no obligation, free quotation.
Whyteleafe FC under 14s team tops the Kent Youth League

Whyteleafe FC under 14s team tops the Kent Youth League


Whyteleafe Football Club under 14s team is at the top of the Kent Youth League playing in the under 14s North Division. The team is managed by Darren Kenny. Barwin have sponsored their away kit.

The news of the team’s achievement has come as a great delight to all of us at Barwin. We are very proud of the team’s accomplishments. All their hard work, commitment and practice has paid off.  

Barwin wish them all the very best in the future!
Nick Padhiar is appointed as new Managing Surveyor

Nick Padhiar is appointed as new Managing Surveyor

Barwin are pleased to announce that Nick Padhiar has joined Barwin as their managing surveyor to take responsibility for the accountability of all the projects carried out by the company.

Prior to joining Barwin, for the past 25 years, Nick has been self-employed as an independent Quantity Surveyor and Consultant responsible for project delivery, from inception to completion. Over the last 10 years he has mainly been engaged in the private sector developments ranging from £3 to £10 million. He has over 30 years’ experience in the construction field ranging from sub-contracting, main contracting and developments within both public and private sectors. He has a comprehensive knowledge of various types of construction contracts including claim-orientated. 

Nick started his career as a quantity-surveying apprentice in 1980 and gradually progressed to become project surveyor. He also holds HND in Construction & Surveying, Nick is a member of CIOB and Part I qualified in Law and Economics.

Outside of work Nick enjoys playing golf, travelling and experiencing different cuisines. 

We wish Nick a long and successful career at Barwin.
Barwin office relocation

Barwin office relocation

We are pleased to announce that our office will be relocated to the following address as of 26 September, 2014:
Unit 2
Saxon House
Upminster Trading Park
Warley Street
RM14 3PJ
Our telephone and fax numbers will remain the same. 
Sheering Parish Council reference letter

Sheering Parish Council reference letter

Barwin helped to raise donations for the SEA LIFE Trust

Barwin helped to raise donations for the SEA LIFE Trust

Barwin sponsored Sea Life Centre staff to walk 20 miles along the Jurassic coast to raise donations for the SEA LIFE Trust. The day was a huge success, with around 50 staff attending, they tackled some monster hills in the beautiful Dorset countryside, encountered some insects but persevered despite the blisters.
This event raised over £8200 for the SEA LIFE Trust, this was a fantastic boost for a brand new charity. 
Our humble donation will help to protect threatened marine life and habitats around the world. 
The SEA LIFE Trust champion the need for plastic-free oceans, sustainable fishing, effective Marine Protected Areas through innovative conservation campaigns, scientific research and inspiring education. Please visit their website to find out more – www.sealifetrust.org.
Barwin - Meet & Greet, 20 June 2014

Barwin - Meet & Greet, 20 June 2014

Meet & Greet hosted by  


Please join us for an informal networking event
Friday, 20 June, 2014
 anytime between noon - 8.00 pm
1 Blackfriars Bridge, London, SE1 9UD

Snacks and beverages will be served 
150 – 155 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London

150 – 155 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London

Barwin have been appointed by Chorus Group Ltd on behalf of Cadogan Estates to undertake stone and brick façade repairs and DOFF system cleaning to this period residential property in Chelsea, which is home to Jo Malone and Chloé luxury retailers.  

The main challenge of this project is to cause minimal disruption to the retail units below whilst façade cleaning and restoration works are being carried out.  
Barwin removed graffiti from vandalised Queen Victoria Memorial

Barwin removed graffiti from vandalised Queen Victoria Memorial


Hundreds of protesters supporting the hacking group Anonymous clashed with police outside Buckingham Palace on the 5th November 2013. Nelson’s column and the Queen Victoria Memorial outside the Palace, were vandalised with over 40 graffiti elements, multiple burns and charring. 

Barwin who are responsible for cleaning and maintenance of The Queen Victoria Memorial were called in early in the morning on Wednesday, 6th November 2013. Using Stonehealth’s DOFF steam cleaning system and carefully selected by the Royal Parks alkaline based soaps, Barwin have successfully removed the damage from the monument and restored it to its original glory.
The director responsible for specialist building façade and monument cleaning, Danny Barrett said: “The base of Queen Victoria statue is made of white Carrara marble, which is very popular for use in sculpture but it is a very delicate material, which makes the removal of graffiti paint and charring a challenging task that requires expert skills and experience in using the DOFF system and specialist stone cleaning materials supplied by Stonehealth.
Barwin clean The Queen Victoria Memorial every year; this is based on a 5 year term contract with the Royal Parks. We use DOFF system cleaning to the base and polish the bronze statue with Renaissance wax.
For more photographs, please click here.
Buckingham Gates restoration completed

Buckingham Gates restoration completed


Barwin have just completed restoration of the Grade II Listed Buckingham Gates, as well as gate lodge, piers and railings, located at the junction of Birdcage Walk and Buckingham Palace ‘rond point’ approach. Buckingham Gates comprise two sets of identical cast iron gates and piers, providing pedestrian/vehicular access either side of a single storey, segmental, pedimented stone lodge with Portland stone walls and balustrades linking the end piers and lodge.  It was designed in 1900-01, by Sir Aston Webb. 

Barwin began the restoration of the Buckingham Gates in February. The works include repairs and cleaning of the Portland stone ball finialed, panelled piers and refurbishment and restoration of the cast iron ornamental gates, lanterns and railings.

Danny Barrett, the founding director of Barwin, commented: “The main challenges on this project involved plant and materials logistics as the site is located on a busy traffic island surrounded by trees, in the close proximity to London’s main tourist attraction - the Buckingham Palace. Also, there was very little information available on the original look of the drum lanterns on top of the gates, which resulted in a complex planning application process. This was a difficult site with a high quality restoration and cleaning which Barwin delivered successfully.”

For more details, please click here.
John Connell joins Barwin

John Connell joins Barwin

Barwin are delighted to announce that John Connell has joined Barwin as their Contracts Manager. John joins Barwin having been previously employed at a renowned property development company in London. He is responsible for full project delivery, from inception and through to completion.

John has a thorough knowledge of all types of building structures from historic listed buildings to contemporary commercial and industrial properties.

We wish John a long and successful career at Barwin.
Top Safety Accreditation for Barwin

Top Safety Accreditation for Barwin

Barwin has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors. Under the Safecontractor scheme, Barwin underwent a vetting process which examined our health and safety procedures and track record for safe practice. 
Wayne Sampson, Company Director said, “This latest Safecontractor accreditation proves Barwin’s on-going commitment to high standards in health and safety management. Achieving Safecontractor accreditation proves our diligent approach to health and safety management procedures and appropriate certification and licensing”.
Bentley Priory opens today

Bentley Priory opens today

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are visiting The Bentley Priory in Stanmore today. Their Royal Highnesses are opening The Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust’s new museum and meeting Battle of Britain veterans. The event will include a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. His Royal Highness is Patron of The Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust. 

The Bentley Priory Museum, lies in part of the converted Grade II Bentley Priory mansion house on the former RAF base. The site has been developed by City & Country into the new homes and museum. Barwin completed extensive masonry repairs to this Grade II listed building.  We also carried out stucco restoration, lime wash, external decoration, decorative coating and DOFF system cleaning of the external facades. The project took around 12 months to complete.

Barwin director, Wayne Sampson said: “Barwin are proud of our involvement in this £14.2 million restoration project and having made a small contribution to save this historic landmark in Stanmore. The main challenge was to achieve the desired effect of restoring and preserving the external fabric of the building on a strict budget, while maintaining the buildings original features, without losing any of the buildings charm and character, which in turn will allow the building to continue to be used, enjoyed and admired for decades to come”.
Barwin awarded three new projects

Barwin awarded three new projects

King’s Cross approaching official re-opening

The extensively regenerated King’s Cross will be officially re-opened on 26th September.

Barwin have been instructed by Broadgates Estates to remove substantial graffiti from the Victorian brick façade of The Western Transit Shed. This historic building has been recently refurbished to create unique office space. 

We have also been appointed by Kier to undertake brick cleaning and paint removal at the Midland Goods Shed.  The Midland Goods Shed was built in 1850. It served as a temporary passenger terminal while the current King’s Cross station was being built. Once King’s Cross station was completed, it became a goods shed. The building has been restored and converted in to offices, shops and cultural space with the introduction of an additional floor.

Springfield House, Reading

Barwin have been appointed by Sedgman Noble architects on behalf of Springfield Management Association to act as a main contractor to undertake external restoration and redecoration to this residential property in Reading which was listed in 1978 as Grade II.

Springfield House is a former convent of St Luke, an early 19th century villa, altered and extended. South front: 2 storeys stucco, 3 bays with slight centre break. Parapet. Glazing bar sash windows, tripartite at sides. Tented verandah with lions' head gutter to whole length, sun porches left and right of central entrance. Entrance to west flanked by double panelled pilasters.

Barwin relish the opportunity to restore this late Georgian property that has fallen in disrepair to its former glory. The main challenge is to carry out works with minimal disruption to the tenants. Barwin have appointed dedicated Resident Liaison Officers who will be holding tenant meetings every two weeks whilst fairly invasive works are being carried out in their homes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Eric Staggs joins Barwin

Eric Staggs joins Barwin

Barwin are delighted to announce that Eric Staggs has joined Barwin as their Contracts Manager.
Eric joins Barwin having been previously employed at a renowned specialist masonry cleaning and restoration company in London. He is responsible for full project delivery, managing construction programme, overseeing site logistics and client liaison.

Eric has a thorough knowledge of all types of brick and stone restoration methods and concrete repair systems. His experience is broad ranging from dealing with project management and a host of other core building repair services.

We wish Eric a long and successful career at Barwin.
St Matthew's Estate (SCMG)

St Matthew's Estate (SCMG)

Barwin have started works at St Matthew's Estate in London Borough of Lambeth. Barwin are undertaking external refurbishment of Byrne House, Camsey House, Crownstone Court, 2-32 Crownstone Road, 1-18 Dray Gardens, Farnfield House, 1-5 Kett Gardens, Mannering House, Rainsford House, 7-97 St Matthews Road, Springett House, Waldron House and Wells House.

The scope of works includes concrete repairs and application of waterproof coatings to the building façades, coating removal, jet washing and extensive decoration.

St Matthew's Estate in Lambeth is our second project as part of the Supply Chain Management Group (SCMG), a registered consortium for social housing providers.
Barwin removed graffiti from vandalised Bomber Command Memorial

Barwin removed graffiti from vandalised Bomber Command Memorial


The RAF Bomber Command War Memorial and the Animals in War Memorial were both daubed with graffiti last week. The Bomber Command Memorial commemorates the memory of the 55,573 Bomber Command veterans lost in the war and was only opened by the Queen in central London last June.

Barwin who are responsible for the upkeep of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park were called in early in the morning on Monday, 27 May 2013. After numerous attempts using various cleaning techniques and chemical products, on Friday, 31 May 2013, Barwin have successfully removed near indelible graffiti from the monument.

Due to the delicate nature of the Portland stone, the removal of graffiti paint has taken over 4 days to complete. Barwin used Stonehealth’s DOFF machine and carefully selected products from Chela.

The director responsible for specialist building façade and monument cleaning, Danny Barrett said: “This was a very special project that required use of variation of methods and new techniques. We had to be careful to preserve the delicate Portland stone, not to cause any further damage. The memorial clean-up has now been completed but graffiti remains a growing problem in London, with over 50 cases reported in the Royal Parks last year. One of the ways to help protect the surfaces from graffiti damage is to apply an anti-graffiti coating. This seals the pores of the brick and stone enabling the graffiti to be easily removed.”

Barwin maintain and clean 96 London monuments; this is based on a 5 year term contract with the Royal Parks, which they have renewed 4 times, we are now in our 18th year of this contract and a one year contract with Serco / RAF.

For more photographs, please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/22687161.
Works in progress, June 2013

Works in progress, June 2013


Maida Vale library

The works to restore Maida Vale library are underway. The library serves thousands of local residents every week. Barwin are working to very tight deadlines to get the library fully re-opened this summer.

Built in the early -20th century, the library is a red brick and Bath stone building with ornamental and decorative stone finial, cornicing Victorian column and pilaster capitals. Barwin are undertaking extensive brick repairs and restoration of all decorative stonework.

Valley Road Estate

Under the management of Keepmoat, Barwin are approaching completion of the building facade cleaning and rendering works at Valley Road Estate, which is our first project as part of the Supply Chain Management Group (SCMG), a registered consortium for social housing providers.

In addition to the above works we have been instructed to replace over 500 Lm of timber corner edging and replace over 3000 Lm of mastic.

The Natural Stone Show 2013

The Natural Stone Show 2013

We have just got back from our three days exhibiting at the Natural Stone Show 2013 and are delighted to report that the event was a great success for Barwin.

Held at London's ExCel, the event hosted a wide range of stone suppliers and organisations supplying directly related products and services.

Barwin focussed on the sustainability of natural stone, equipped with numerous examples of stone restoration methods and guidance on selecting the correct stone, we reached thousands of industry professionals.

There was a particular interest in our live stone restoration demonstration. Our skilled mason, demonstrated what is possible to achieve using crushed stone pre-mix with lime based additives. By applying the stone pre-mix to the surface by hand, in layers, using traditional wooden floats, he recreated the original line and profile of the stone. This type of repair reacts and weathers the same way as the original masonry backing structure. This process is highly cost effective compared to stone replacement or indenting.

We are now looking forward to even more success at the show in 2015!

Barwin exhibiting at the Natural Stone Show 2013

Barwin exhibiting at the Natural Stone Show 2013


The Natural Stone Show 2013, the largest showcase event for the UK stone industry, will be held at ExCeL in London Docklands, between 30 April - 2 May from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, with over 5,000 visitors over the three days. 

Barwin will be presenting some of our new and exciting projects, as well as demonstrating latest stone restoration and cleaning techniques. We hope you will take a moment to visit our stand – D19 in the Stone Federation Village, to get something to drink and to meet some of the Barwin team.

If you would like to attend the show you can register for free by visiting www.stoneshow.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Barwin selected to become part of the SCMG

Barwin selected to become part of the SCMG


Barwin are proud to announce that we have been selected by Keepmoat in conjunction with Lambeth Living to be part of the Supply Chain Management Group (SCMG). SCMG is a registered consortium for social housing providers.

Lambeth Living have projected the value of housing regeneration contracts to £750 million and large percentage of these will be made available for the external façade works over the next ten years.

Barwin will undertake the external redecoration and repairs of building façades, including building surveys, concrete repairs, brickwork and stonework restoration on housing estates throughout the borough of Lambeth at pre-determined rates.

Working in partnership with the leading manufacturers and suppliers, we provide guarantees for most of our work and materials. We carefully select the most effective solutions. Barwin are approved users of: Sika, Weber, Akzo Noble, Hodge Clemco and other materials.

We are currently involved in three estates in the London Borough of Lambeth:

Valley Road Estate
Barwin are applying several thousand metres of specialist
Weber render and Akzo Noble paint to over 20,000 square metres of rendered façades.

Deronda Estate
We are gearing up to undertake the concrete and brickwork repairs, application of specialist coatings all supplied and recommended by
Sika to 290 properties.

St Matthew's Estate
Barwin has completed extensive surveys of several large housing blocks.  Our recommended scope of work includes: grit blasting and coating removal, jet washing, concrete repairs and application of waterproof coatings to the building façades.

Top compliance accreditation for Barwin

Top compliance accreditation for Barwin


Barwin are pleased to announce that we have successfully achieved Exor Gold accreditation, demonstrating our ability to meet the rigorous pre-qualification requirements within the private and public sectors. Exor standards are recognised as being amongst the highest in their industry.                                                                                       

Wayne Sampson, Company Director said, “This latest Gold accreditation from Exor demonstrates Barwin’s on-going commitment to provide services of the highest quality to the private and public sector clients. Achieving Exor Gold accreditation proves our financial sustainability, robust management procedures, expert administrative procedures, effective employment and training policies, health & safety/environmental compliance and appropriate certification and licensing”.