ORS Ltd appointed to Fairfax House BTR redevelopment in Leeds

With new government regulations now in place, Office & Retail Services (ORS Ltd) is set to deliver architectural spray paint to the Fairfax House Build to Rent development in Leeds.

ORS Ltd to deliver architectural spray paint to the Fairfax House Build to Rent development in Leeds | BTR News
Fairfax House Build to Rent development in Leeds.

ORS Ltd has been appointed to deliver architectural spray paint at Fairfax House; a Build to Rent development based in the Arena Quarter of inner-city Leeds. It is the latest building to undergo architectural spray painting under new government regulations.

The 1960’s seven storey office block is currently being transformed into 154 studio and one-bedroom Build to Rent apartments, with an additional two-storey extension. Work on Fairfax House started in winter 2022 and is due for completion in mid 2024. The project utilises the combined skills of Leeds-based property company YPP, Brewster Bye Architects and principle contractor Colbre Projects.

In December 2022, guidance was put in place for tighter regulations on external walls and balconies of residential buildings between 11m and 18m high. Because of these new regulations, ORS Ltd was appointed to apply KEIM Mineral Paints as the exterior paint on Fairfax House.

KEIM Soldalit exterior paint was selected for the development as it meets the A2-s1,d0 fire resistance standard, designed for application to residential buildings.

“The Fairfax House project utilises our vast architectural spray-painting experience. This application technique ensures that the KEIM Soldalit is applied evenly, and effectively. Imagine painting a seven-storey building! This method is far more time efficient, and therefore better for the building, and the client, to reduce application time and minimise disturbance.”

Jo Thornicroft, Sales Director, ORS Limited

ORS Limited has completed over 400 site rollouts for clients. Over the years, the company has developed a professional niche working at height and applying specialist paint. 

With vast experience in tall building projects, the company is one of a handful of specialists with the capability of applying architectural spray paint to buildings of this height.

“Fire resistance is a crucial part of tall building fabric, and paint is just one element that councils, housing associations and developers must consider as part of current regulations. Awareness is building and this is one reason why our unique KEIM Soldalit paint is in demand. More than just meeting fire resistance standards, it is made from natural mineral ingredients, breathable and non-toxic, low volatile organic compounds.”

Paul Milligan, Business Development Manager, KEIM UK

Initial regulations were put in place in 2018 following the tragedy of Grenfell Tour which saw 72 people lose their lives. These regulations set out a ban on the use of combustible materials for external walls in residential buildings over 18m, including hospitals, care homes and student accommodation.

In 2022 the Government issued an amendment to Approved Document B, which introduced new guidance for external walls and balconies of residential buildings between 11m and 18m in height.