Crown Paints Specification Services support for tall order

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A Suffolk-based local authority turned to Crown Paints Specification Services to transform the tallest building in the most easterly settlement of the UK.

St. Peter’s Court – in the coastal town of Lowestoft, Suffolk – was in need of re-decoration and Waveney District Council wanted a product that would last for the long-term.
Crown Paints came out to the site, which comprises of 90 flats over 15 floors, and after an extensive inspection and review of requirements, specified 3,600 litres of Sandtex Trade 365 All Weather Masonry Paint for the project.
Graham Turner, Projects Officer at Waveney District Council, said: “This is the most easterly tower block in the UK and is open to all of the natural elements.
“We wanted a product that could cope with the coastal environment and because it was such a large scale project we wanted to make sure that it would last up to 15 years. That’s why we chose Sandtex Trade 365.
“The redecoration has really modernised the building and transformed the area fantastically.
“It’s not just the surrounding areas that have been affected, but the building is visible from the other side of the town, so even from a few miles away it looks great and blends in well.”
Sandtex Trade 365 offers 15 years’ proven durability, with exceptional adhesion providing a long-lasting finish which has been independently certified by the British Board of Agrément.
The high quality product – part of the Crown Paints family of trade brands – is also specially formulated for use in adverse weather conditions and features high performance Pliolite® Resin to combat the effects of difficult weather conditions.
The project included a pre-start tenant consultation, where Crown Paints Specification Services presented residents with colour boards consisting of a choice of schemes for the high-rise block.
The CLC Group carried out the work at the site, which took place over an eight-week period, using innovative mast climbers, which enabled them to elevate up and down the building.
Ray Willoughby, Contract Supervisor at the CLC Group, said: “We applied the paint by brush and roller and the product went on really well.
“Even on the days when we experienced high winds and dampness, it had no effect on the application or finish.”
Decorators merchants Brewers, who supplied all the paint for the project, developed a strategy to cope with the large volumes required.
Ed Pearce, Area Manager at Brewers, said: “A big part of the project was communication. We’ve been heavily involved with the tenants throughout to reassure them.
“We brought the paint to the site daily because a store doesn’t have the capability of holding such a high degree of product and we would take the empty tins away for recycling.”
Since the project has been completed Crown Paints has donated a bench, made from recycled paint cans, to the residents of St. Peter’s Court.
Dave Burkett, Crown Paints Specification Business Development Manager, said: “The recycled bench is a great lasting legacy of the project and its sustainability, and residents can enjoy it for years to come.
“This project is a superb showcase of the support and initiatives Crown Paints Specification Services offer to help large-scale public sector works.”
A video of the finished project can be seen at

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