In search of a robust interior paint scheme that could withstand heavy traffic, a Leicestershire-based special needs school has turned to Dulux Trade to provide the solution.
With durability spearheading the specification process, design consultants Cantoo used Dulux’s Diamond Matt and Satin Wood ranges.
Birkett House School is a co-educational special needs school that is based across four different sites within the county.
In 2017, the main building was relocated and is now a state of the art, purpose built learning environment for students withlearning needs as well as moderate disabilities.
The school required a range of paint solutions that could offer longevity and durability to minimise maintenance costs and disruption.
Step forward the Diamond Matt range, that was specified for all wall areas. Included in all the project’s main colours, this tough, water based emulsion paint utilises Diamond Technology.
This makes it 10 times tougher than other paints in the Dulux range.
Eric Klein Velderman, Interior Designer of the project and Director of Cantoo, commented: “Usually you would have to apply an Eggshell paint to protect the wall from stains but that kind of finish creates a lot of reflection and shows up blemishes.
“The Diamond Matt range was an ideal solution – providing the contemporary matt finish we wanted, and its Stain Repellent Technology ensures that the walls can easily be wiped clean without polishing up.”
All door applications featured Silver Grey, from the Satin Wood range. No undercoat is required and it has a durable, tough and dirt resistant finish, making this solvent-based formulation the ideal paint for areas where there is high traffic.
Jason Smith, Contracts Manager for Commercial Decorating Service, Swirlforce, said: “This project was focused on vibrant colours and I was very impressed with the Dulux Trade products, they provided excellent pigmentation.
In terms of sustainability, he added: “Due to the scale of this project, we also required a lot of paint, therefore we, along with the contractor, Willmott Dixon, ensured that used paint cans were recycled.
“Any additional paint has been kept in storage to be used for any maintenance work and all empty tins were also recycled by Dulux.”
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