Plastic Surgeon's repairs extend life cycles in student accommodation

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Plastic Surgeon, the nationwide repair specialist, has an agreement with UPP (University Partnership Programme), the UK’s leading provider of managed on-campus university accommodation, to provide a cosmetic repair service for student accommodation in universities across the UK.

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Plastic Surgeon’s repair work in UPP's student accommodation has extended the typical life cycles of the kitchens from five to seven years before replacement becomes necessary, equating to considerable cost-savings for UPP.

Plastic Surgeon has, to date, spent 65 days repairing a variety of damaged items. At Lancaster University, burns to laminate worktops were the most common repair. Other repairs include peeling laminate on the kitchen worktops, and scratches on kitchen base units. As well as repairs to the inevitable wear and tear on doors, walls and desks in the study bedrooms areas.

Typically the repairs involve Plastic Surgeon’s Finishers in preparing the laminate or other substrate by cutting back any loose or burned material to ensure a good key, and then building back the surface. The area is then smoothed using a graduation of abrasives before the repair is colour matched, often with the Finisher mixing pigments by eye, and touching in details like wood-grain patterns using a fine artist’s brush.

Daren Thomas from UPP comments: “I feel that the work Plastic Surgeon has done for us has been very successful and cost-effective. In most cases, you can’t even notice the difference; it would also cost us quite a lot to replace these damaged products.”


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About Plastic Surgeon:

Plastic Surgeon works for facilities managers, fit-out companies, house builders and construction companies throughout the UK, repairing almost any damaged surface including stone, brick, marble, glass, ceramic, enamel, wood, metal and of course, plastic. Recent repair projects have included The Shard in London, the Commonwealth Games Pool in Glasgow and Mann Island in Liverpool.

As the UK’s only national cosmetic repair specialist with more than 100 highly trained operatives out on the road across its regions, Plastic Surgeon has refined and expanded its offering to the market over recent years. This has seen it not only grow in size but appeal to a far wider client base that now includes the big insurance companies and social housing providers, as well as facilities management specialists and the majority of the UK’s house builders and construction companies.

Plastic Surgeon can restore almost any damaged interior or exterior surface in commercial or residential buildings. Thanks to specialist training the company’s finishers are expert in repairing and fine finishing practically any material including;

  •     Plastic and GRP repair
  •     Wood and veneer repairs
  •     Stone repair, brickwork repairs
  •     Ceramic repairs and enamel restoration
  •     Glass repair and glazing repairs
  •     Metallic and foil coated item repairs
  •     UPVC repairs and PVC window repairs
  •     Bath repair and shower tray repairs

Construction, Housebuilding, Facilities Management and Insurance Sectors:
The company’s commitment to a flawless finish means that some of the most respected names in the UK house building, construction, facilities management and insurance sectors rely on them to get the job done. The company also provides specialist fine finishing and cosmetic repair services to many industry sectors including fit-out and retail, and social housing, as well as working with individual trades and homeowners.

Expert Repairs:
The company prides itself on a very high standard of workmanship, providing a fine finish and virtually undetectable repairs that save customers thousands of pounds on expensive replacements.

Sustainable Solutions:
Plastic Surgeon is committed to helping achieve sustainable construction and to minimising the impact on the environment. It prevented over 80,000 damaged items going to landfill waste last year by repairing rather than replacing them. The company also provides customers with a unique online reporting service which shows a wealth of statistics such as the number of items repaired per customer site and the associated landfill savings.

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