The Scottish National Portrait Gallery recently under went a £12 million pound renovation. Shutting down for over 2 years the entire building was re fitted from top to bottom. McKay Flooring Ltd were contracted to carry out the repair and restoration of over 1,500m2 of the original one hundred year old parquet flooring that is present throughout the historic Edinburgh city centre building.
A team of experienced parquet flooring operatives were selected to firstly carefully uplift and remove the original floors. The uplifted parquet flooring was taken to our Glasgow workshop where the thousands of parquet blocks and battens were cleaned up then put into storage.
Once the main building works were at an advanced stage the blocks were returned to site and the tricky job of relaying them began. New material was sourced to match the ancient timbers for repairs and to replace damaged blocks which are a mix of prime oak blocks, pine parquet battens and fine maple.
Once the flooring was laid the entire 1,500m2 was machine sanded to a fine finish and four coats of a hard wearing water based lacquer was applied.
As you can clearly see these 100 year old floors came up as new guaranteeing another century of service.