10 South Colonnade

One of Canary Wharfs original constructed buildings now a multiple department, government hub spread over 11 floors.

A cost-effective solution to overhaul dated Passenger Lift Doors:

Working near lift shafts always takes a lot of planning and preparation. This project was no different. The paint used within the airless spray system poses a risk if inhaled so it was imperative that both engineers and staff alike were always protected.

Two floors of lifts were worked on over the course of one weekend. This meant that full protection to all surfaces were installed late on Friday, ready to work throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Lifts were locked off on the floor and safety barriers erected to stop staff entering the area.

Once the doors were prepared the spraying works commenced. Working in full PPE including respirator masks a team of four engineers went to work on applying the lacquer spray.

A total of 10 floors were completed over 5 weekends on the East and West side of the building; bringing the total of doors and frames completed to 120.


120 doors and frames completed;
A total of 15 days to complete; Works carried out in an occupied building.


Regardless of the industrial spray-painting system that’s used, the surface must be properly prepared prior to spraying.

Preparing the surface can involve cleaning and degreasing, sanding, removal of loose and delaminating material, masking and sheeting any areas that are not to be painted.

Any surface to be painted must always be properly prepared.

Once prepared and ready to receive the paint here are the benefits of spray painting:

The Magic of Spraying! We are very lucky and grateful to have an experienced decoration team specializing in many forms of paint applications here at TSB.

Having been approached by the client to offer a cost-effective solution to improving the aesthetic of the existing inherited passenger lift doors, we knew exactly what to do.

Having in-house, vastly experienced decorators who have worked across many industries, including automotive spraying, we were confident that the end product would be ideal for the brief.

Carrying out works in a 24-hour functioning building over weekends would be challenging but we were prepared for the task in front of us.

What is Airless spraying and why was it the best method?

In airless spray, the fast moving, high-pressure liquid stream provides the energy necessary to overcome the fluid’s viscosity and surface tension to form a fine spray. A simple, everyday example of an airless spray system is a bathroom shower.

In an airless system, fluid is pumped under high pressure through a spray tip; the tip size and pressure determine the material flow rate. The tip also creates the fan pattern. Airless contrasts with air spray systems, which inject compressed air into the fluid stream of a fluid such as paint to achieve decomposition.

Airless sprayers provide an easy and economical way to apply coatings no matter the amount of solids present.

Professional painting contractors prefer to use airless sprayers for these key reasons;

♦ Quality: Better, longer lasting finish
♦ Efficiency: Speed, Flexibility
♦ Range of Applications
♦ Controlled atomization
♦ Less waste