Powder Coating Assists Contemporary Appeal in Regeneration Projects

Residential refurbishment projects have many targets to fulfil, critical amongst these being adherence to updated health and safety directives and adaptations to current energy efficiency goals. Housing standards also dictate provision for maintenance and upkeep and facilities for greater social integration. However, not to be overlooked or forgotten is the visual impact and the positive effect that a transformed building can have on an area and its community.

“At Powdertech Corby we are in the exciting position of applying the finishing touch in a refurbishment project, the final coating applied to external metalwork and cladding, “ commented Richard Besant, Director, Powdertech. “Various different objectives will influence the choice of the overall look of a building, be it a need to merge in with existing buildings or landscape, or, conversely, stand out from the crowd. There may be a desire to reflect a past heritage – industrial, maritime, historical.” The overriding factor is one of rejuvenation, bringing new life to a tired building or estate, and also of engendering a sense of pride for residents.

Creative use of metal and colour

A number of projects completed by Powdertech Corby in recent years illustrate this point. Refurbishment of Regent's Park Estate, Camden provided high-quality new homes for residents directly affected by HS2 construction in the Euston area. A key feature was the creative design of high-quality cladding panels made from part-pressed and fully perforated pre-galvanized steel together with slightly expanded mild steel panels which give an undulating cladding outer face. Powdertech Corby degreased, shot blasted, and primed the external panels in a zinc-rich primer before applying a polyester powder RAL1035 pearlescent beige topcoat, chosen by the designers to complement the brickwork, giving the buildings a contemporary look. A zinc-rich primer provides enhanced protection in areas where the environment is regarded as more corrosive than usual.

An interesting mixed-use building occupies a prominent corner position on Great Portland Street, the original 1980’s façade of which has been updated with high quality materials complementary to the surroundings. Two additional storeys have been added to contain four penthouse apartments, with a façade of expanded aluminium mesh, the entire structure forming a spectacular pinnacle to the impressive building. The designers were keen to retain the natural sheen of metal and for this purpose they turned to Powdertech’s Evolution™ Collection of powder coatings which reflect the look of metal in its natural and weathered states.

Visual appeal contributes to residents’ satisfaction

Pembury Circus in Hackney is the areas’ largest car-free development and offers community facilities alongside new apartments. The new residences have large balconies with balustrade panels made from pre-galvanized mild steel, part-punched, perforated and dished to give an unusual effect. Powdertech Corby applied zinc-rich primer to seal the bare steel areas that become exposed part-way through the fabrication when the perforations are made. A silver-grey polyester architectural powder coating was applied as a topcoat. Pembury Circus has been described as 'a place that offers a range of useful community facilities as well as high quality homes in a development that is legible, egalitarian and a joy to inhabit' and was short listed for an award.

Expert pre-treatment and carefully chosen powder coating shades and textures will ensure that these refurbishment projects remain attractive and smart over the years to come.

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