Wonderful World of PICSPAVE - Disney
Since Andrew Goord started PICS in 1989 there have been many exciting projects to have captured our imagination but none more so than when we were contacted by the Disney Corporation and invited to tender for the supply of the specialist Decorative Concrete materials in the construction of its new Disneyland park in Hong Kong.
Disney's attention to detail is legendary and, as one can imagine, the testing was exhaustive, but after an initial meeting with Disney in Los Angeles in early 2003 and subsequent trial areas on site in Hong Kong later that year, PICS was eventually chosen to be the preferred supplier for the Decorative Concrete materials for the paving at Hong Kong Disneyland.
PICS worked closely with Ivan Chan and Disney Imagineering, the design team responsible for all the paving works throughout the site, to produce quality work to Disney’s high technical and design standards.
Paving work started in earnest in June 2004 and was completed at the end of 2005. John Linley, our hugely experienced Technical Manager, attended site on a number of occasions to provide practical and technical advice regarding the PICS products and processes; these included questions about acid staining and exposed aggregate finishes, for which the processes used in Hong Kong were still innovative and very specialized at the time.
During the project many thousands of square metres were installed in a whole variety of locations, both externally and internally and it proved to be a brilliant showcase for PICS and for the whole Decorative Concrete industry.
In all, the project was awe inspiring and the planning and organization required from the Disney Team phenomenal. If we are honest it made the Decorative Concrete element (which is also huge) seem relatively simple in comparison - although Ivan Chan, who headed up the locally sourced labour and whose responsibility it was to ensure the smooth day to day running of the installation programme, may just have disagreed!
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