Archive / April, 2017


National maintenance, refurbishment and new build contractor, Novus Property Solutions has refurbished a historic Grade II listed building as part of a large-scale multi-million pound makeover at Teesside University.   The Constantine Building, dating back to the late 1920s, was originally home to the Constantine Technical College which opened in 1930 – now Teesside University. […]


A CROWN Decorating Centre in the East Yorkshire town of Driffield has made a colourful contribution to the area’s pedal-powered charitable plans.   The store in Bridge Street, Driffield is giving its backing to a scheme to collect and restore children’s bikes, as part of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race which passes through town […]

Housing scheme crowns first anniversary with recycled bench

A bench made from recycled paint containers has been donated by Crown Paints to celebrate the first year of a safety partnership with Derby Homes and Bell Group. Under a five-year contract, more than 200 Derby Homes’ properties across the East Midlands’ city are being painted with the flame retardant coating, Crown Trade Timonox Vinyl […]


  Novus Property Solutions has given a West of Scotland Housing Association community centre a new lease of life with a full interior redecoration as part of its extensive CSR programme.   The Barrowfield Community Centre, based in the Camlachie area to the East of Glasgow, is operated by Willowacre Trust – the subsidiary organisation of […]


National property maintenance and refurbishment contractor, Novus Property Solutions, has successfully completed a two-stage refurbishment at an academy in Burton-Upon-Trent.   The de Ferrers Academy is the largest school in Staffordshire, operating from a large split site and catering for more than 2,100 11-18 year-olds. It is a founder member of a multi-academy trust, known […]

The Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year – a step towards tackling the skill’s challenge

The Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year competition kicks-off its 38th year with a series of regional heats across the UK in April to find the next generation of outstanding candidates from the length and breadth of the nation.   In November, competitors making the winning round in the regional finals will find the […]

Sandtex Trade warms up for Sky sponsorship package

As summertime beckons and thoughts turn to painting outdoors, Sandtex Trade will be getting ready to put in a star performance on the Skysports.com homepage.   The brand will appear for 24 hours on 15th April 2017 on the front page of the site, highlighting its ‘protecting buildings for over 50 years’ message.   The […]

Crown Decorating Centres put time on your side

THE CLOCKS have sprung forward and the daylight hours are longer, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to book in plenty of outdoor work for the season ahead. And to help ease you into the outdoor routine, Crown Decorating Centres across the country are stocking up on a brilliant range of products from exterior specialists […]

Local SDF member Wins Awards.

Experienced decorator, Peter Smith of ‘Peter Smith Painter and Decorator’ from Stirling is celebrating winning two prestigious awards at the annual ‘Dulux Select Decorator of the Year’ awards. Peter, who has been decorating for 41 years and a member of the scheme for 20 years after joining in 1997, was rightfully awarded for his skill […]

Crown Paints launches charity partnership

    L-R is Sharon Sutton, Laura Gillet, Rachel Demaine, Kathryn Tormay   Children with Cancer UK has a new ally this year after Crown Paints announced the charity as its official partner for 2017. The UK paint company is supporting the leading national children’s charity, which is dedicated to research into finding cures for […]