Thompson’s team awarded for fine work at Ronachan House

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Trade Decorator, a national multimedia news and review website for professional painters and decorators, has awarded a Campbeltown business one of its prestigious monthly project awards.

A Thompson Plastering and Decorating, a five-man team of plasterers, ames tapers and decorators led by Andy Thompson, has won this for work done on the first phase of the renovation of Ronachan House.

The 13-bedroom estate house, near Clachan, was sold by the Church of Scotland after decades of use as a drugs and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

Andy Thompson, and Bobby Dalziel, Darren Burnfield and apprentices John MacSporran and Josh McKenzie will soon begin phase two of returning the property to its former glory and a new use.

‘It is a sheer privilege and pleasure to work on a property of this beauty and I personally classify this as the job of a lifetime for myself,’ Andy told Trade Decorator. ‘I am extremely proud of my team and couldn’t ask for better, more dedicated workers.’

The new owners felt they wanted to retain as much of the original as possible, only replacing where they was no alternative.

But much of the original fabric of the building had been badly damaged over the years meaning a lot of fine surface filler and sanding work for Andy’s team. They used airless spraying techniques for 80 per cent of the work, and this helped keep as much of the fine detailing in the cornices.

Some ceilings still featured the original 1910 wallpaper and Andy was asked to source and match it. One had been discontinued but they found a close match from the 1930s.

Andy served his apprenticeship straight out of school with Gregor MacGregor. Over the last few years he has built up his business which now takes his team as far away as Skye, specialising in new-build developments from the plastering/ames taping stage up to completion of decoration, and Islay.

The business is a member of the British Gypsum Certified Plasterers Scheme, and is in the process of becoming members of Dulux Select Decorators and also The Scottish Decorators Federation. Andy also intends for the apprentices to attend specialist courses in different aspects of the trade.

Andy was working on his own 18 months ago and the business has expanded to now have four employees, three vans, its own dedicated spraying workshop and two storages spaces in the town.

The award-winning project was carried out at Ronachan House. NO_c36thompson01