Crown Trade tackles university challenge at Robert Gordon University

Crown Paints, Robert Gordon University

Painting contractors Bell Group undertook one of their largest ever projects with a major university challenge completed in time for the start of a new term.

The first phase of a massive £97 million new redevelopment project at Robert Gordon University’s Garthdee Campus in Aberdeen was finished last year.

A modern new library along with laboratories, teaching rooms and a refectory have been in full use ever since.

The University has centralised its Academic Function to Garthdee, moving many of its departments around Aberdeen into a four-wing building – featuring a nine-floor tower on the West wing, while the North wing has six floors and the East and South wings have five.

This building houses a new library spread over five floors of the West Tower, three lecture theatres, The School of Engineering, The School of Computer Science and Digital Media, The School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences as well as two Research Institutes, Teaching and Research laboratories, together with formal and informal learning and social spaces for students.

Miller Construction completed the building work, with the Bell Group tackling the large-scale project using products supplied by Crown Trade, Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt and Eggshell, predominantly in a cool white shade. Pastel tones were specified for feature walls and stripes around the site.

Martin Jarvie, of BDP, was the architect for the new build scheme. He said: “The Garthdee project was a major challenge, but I think the University and everyone involved was pleased with the result.

“The buildings span 22,000 square metres, with four wings wrapping around a four-storey atrium.

“The University chose Crown Trade Clean Extreme Matt in white for the walls with Crown Trade Eggshell for furnishings and skirting boards.

“Feature walls in the atrium were painted in pastel shades and it’s all worked out well.”

Roger McGarry, Aberdeen branch manager for the Bell Group, said: “The new campus at Garthdee is huge, so it was a massive job for us – I’d say one of the biggest the company has ever undertaken.

“It’s looking really good and we’re impressed with the result. It’s nice to be able to have done such a big job so well and help create a fresh, clean environment for the students to enjoy.”

The Crown Trade products selected throughout the build where chosen with a focus on achieving an easy maintenance finish that can stand the test of time.

Dave Burkett of Crown Paints said: “Crown Trade Clean Extreme is the perfect sustainable fit for a university as it offers the durability and longevity that allows repetitive cleaning with the added benefit of excellent stain resistance.

“That makes it ideal for ‘high traffic’ areas and also extends maintenance cycles by returning to ‘as new’ condition after cleaning – reducing the need for costly redecoration.

“We are delighted with the finished job and I’m sure the university will be looking good for years to come.”

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Press release prepared by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR Limited, 01538 308685