The famous author JK Rowling once said ‘A good first impression can work wonders’. One thing our Pilmuir Accommodation building did not do well was first impressions. The building has been impeccably maintained internally with major works completed over the past few years such as fire safety upgrades, a new lift system installed and new roofs installed. The exterior walls, however, have always been cost prohibitive for us and thus the building has looked run down and in need of a facelift. Pilmuir accommodation is here for the long-term and we want our tenants to be proud of their home.

The plan to give Pilmuir Accommodation a facelift had been on the cards for the past two years however, the project had been fraught with challenges. It would not just be a case of contracting in any old painter, there are 6 story concrete walls to contend with, sash windows in need of repair and the Wellington elements to contend with. After several proposals, we decided Highline Rope Access Wellington, who offered a great full solution service was the right company for us. The plan was to jet wash the building, replace a couple of broken windows, prime the surfaces, paint the walls, window frames and then install the new sign.

Now we had a provider with a plan to carry out the work, we had to come up with the design. We wanted a smart look which would fit in with the surrounding buildings but have an iconic YMCA stamp. The simple red stripe out the front is complemented by light grey walls and a simple plain white YMCA logo which stands 30 cm off the building designed to give depth and definition in all weathers up close and far away.

We have received great feedback from the local community with many people commenting on how great it looks. Our Pilmuir Accommodation tenants have also given the project the thumbs up with many of them commenting how it has injected life back into the place and is now somewhere they are proud to call home.

The sides and back of the building are also scheduled to be completed next financial year and the remaining signage to be installed over the coming month.