Painting a spot in record books

Andrew O'Neill MD of Fine Lines with, from left, Sid Wearing chairman of Brittania Quay Ltd, David Bentham MD Homestead CSL and judges, Bob Hewitt, Vic Hollings and Brian Carrier

Andrew O'Neill MD of Fine Lines with, from left, Sid Wearing chairman of Brittania Quay Ltd, David Bentham MD Homestead CSL and judges, Bob Hewitt, Vic Hollings and Brian Carrier

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AN AWARD-winning decorating firm is hoping to win a hat-trick of national awards.

Fine Lines Decorating and Property Maintenance Services, based in St Annes, is up for its third National Premier Trophies Award.

The firm has been shortlisted as a finalist for a third year, to the delight of owner Andrew O’Neill, for its work on property on Preston Docks’ Britannia Quays.

Andrew said: “We are down for making history in the industry if we win this.

“It’s the hat-trick. This job was strategically more challenging to us, especially the health and safety aspects of it.

“We were given the opportunity to create a new paint specification so that it was more adequate for the job in hand.”

Andrew had a six-man team working on the two-phase project – the largest his firm has landed yet.

He added: “We’ve also been employing an apprentice on the job and we are so hopeful we will win this title again.”

The repainting work on steel panelling, sofits, woodwork and panelling on the buildings, was a short distance from the historic banana dock on the quays.

The Premier Trophy Awards started with the Painting and Decorating Federation in 1988 and recognise the best of the best at an annual awards ceremony.

Each June in Painter’s Hall, the PDA and its guests celebrate a series of projects from around the United Kingdom.

Winners have included work in The Grand Opera House in York, the Foreign Office in London, Sellafield nuclear power station, Clifton Suspension Bridge near Bristol, Usher Concert Hall in Edinburgh and the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford.

Judges took a close look at the St Annes firm’s work yesterday, and Andrew and his team now have a tense four-week wait to find out if they have been victorious.

A spokesman for the Federation said: “The judges from the Institute of Clerk of Works are completely independent from the and spend several weeks assessing shortlisted entries before deciding upon both winners and worthy runners up who receive certificates.”

Andrew added: “We really want this win.

“It has been a different job for us and we’re really proud of it.

“As you can imagine we are pretty excited about this having already made history in our industry in Lancashire with our last win.”