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Dulux Trade paints the way for special needs school

Birkett House School undergoes a makeover after it relocates its primary facilities

Posted by Lucinda Reid | October 25, 2017 | Interiors

Birkett House School is a co-educational special needs school for 195 pupils aged 4-19. Based across four different sites within Leicestershire, the main building was relocated in 2017 and is now a state-of-the-art, purpose built learning environment for students with profound and multiple learning needs as well as moderate disabilities.

The primary school prides itself on offering a seamless integration of learning, physio, care and medical needs, working closely with physiotherapist, occupational therapists and parents to provide a completely holistic experience. Therefore it required a range of paint solutions that could offer longevity and durability to minimise maintenance costs and disruption.

The Dulux Trade Diamond Matt range was specified for all wall areas, including the project’s core colours: Forest Floor 3, Morning Jewel 3 and 4, and Wiltshire White. The tough, water based emulsion paint utilises Diamond Technology, making it 10 times tougher than Vinyl Silk and Vinyl Matt ranges. Products can help to extend maintenance for up to five years.

“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,” said Eric Klein Velderman, Interior Designer of the project and Director of Cantoo. “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.”

The Satin Wood range in Silver Grey by Dulux Trade was used on all door applications. The solvent-based formulation requires no undercoat and has a tough, durable and dirt resistant finish, making it the ideal paint for areas where there is high traffic by reducing the need for regular maintenance and further disruption to the school at later dates.

Jason Smith, Contracts Manager for Commercial Decorating Service, Swirlforce, added, “This project was focused on vibrant colours and I was very impressed with the Dulux Trade products, they provided excellent pigmentation. 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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