Situated a few miles east of Brighton is one of the best examples of a building from the Art Nevou period. Previously a Butlins it was in the process of being converted into residential flats when the issue of seagulls dominating the rooftops within the summer months and causing damage to the solar heating panels and guano marks to the dark grey coloured cladding. Our task was to keep the seagulls away from the edges to prevent unsightly marks initially to one of the outer buildings on a trial basis.
As the alluminium cladding was installed around the parapets to prevent water ingress it was not possible to drill into the surface which created an issue due to the high pull from the wire onto the posts. The solution was the application of additional bird post bases to act as a rear anchor to all sides under strain. These simple anchors were allowed to dry over a 7 day period to allow for full cure before attaching and strengthing the attached wires. No failure was recorded with this system.
Because of the success of the works the contractors issued a contract for wire supports to be installed on all parapets to both the outer buildings and the main complex, The higher up sections did not require stick-on pads as no flashing was present and these were drilled in for greatest strenght. Works again was completed before the main season and other than a few wire breaks from gulls that were quickly repaired seagulls did not mark any of the outer ledges and hence protected the overall look of the building.
The wires were not planned to prevent seagulls from nesting on the roof as this was not a concern of the contractor however as a knock on effect the established gulls to the site did not nest other than a few remote locations in the centre of the roof.