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DULUX TRADE Used In Showcase Refurbishment At Nottingham Trent University

A combination of products from the Dulux Trade high performance range, including Dulux Trade Stain Block Plus and Dulux Trade Diamond Matt, has been used in the recent renovation of two of Nottingham Trent University’s City site buildings.

The Grade II* listed Newton and Arkwright buildings, iconic landmarks at the heart of the city centre, have been sympathetically refurbished to maintain the unique individuality of each building, whilst still ensuring they blend seamlessly together. What’s more, the construction of a central court linking Newton and Arkwright, creates a striking entrance to the University.

The Arkwright building, built in 1877, has elaborate Gothic gables, arches and pinnacles and was originally home to University College Nottingham. In contrast, the neighbouring Newton building, constructed in the 1950s, is an excellent example of mid-20th Century architecture and is one of the tallest buildings in Nottingham.

As the buildings represent two completely different architectural styles, the designers Hopkins Architects, had a wealth of challenging requirements to meet when it came to selecting coatings for the walls. In particular, the project required a finish that complemented the original features of both buildings, while providing a modern, contemporary feel that would also withstand the high volume of traffic passing through them.

Commenting on the conservation work undertaken, Timothy Fitzgerald, Director of Peveril Decorators, the project’s painting contractor, explained: “The Arkwright building was the most challenging because the walls were generally in very poor condition, with extensive peeling and flaking of the previous paint coatings and evidence of water damage. So, to prepare the walls for repainting and to address the water staining and the severe delaminating issues, we used a combination of Dulux Trade Stain Block Plus and Alkali Resisting Primer in each room.”

Dulux Trade Stain Block Plus is a water based 2-in-1 problem solving primer that seals powdery, dry and friable surfaces and blocks stains caused by water.
Once primed, Peveril Decorators applied Dulux Trade Diamond Eggshell in Brilliant White to the walls in both Newton and Arkwright. “The paint was chosen to create a dynamic and fresh look, and also helped link the two buildings together,” said Timothy Fitzgerald.

Dulux Trade Diamond Matt was selected for the busy areas of the buildings because of its exceptional durability. The robust coating is ten times tougher than standard vinyl matt or silk emulsions and so was the ideal choice to ensure a fresh, hardwearing, premium quality finish.

Ann Scotney, Nottingham Trent University's Project Manager for the redevelopment, said: “The University has over 24,000 students, so naturally the walls suffer from scrapes and marks. Therefore, it was important that we used high performance paints that offer a hardwearing finish and are easy to clean and maintain.”

Both buildings are now fully open, and students and staff have been amazed at the transformation. Ann Scotney concludes: “It's nice to see people stop in their tracks and admire the finished scheme. The result has been an inspiring, adaptable and flexible space which has already been recognised with a number of prestigious awards.”

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