Johnstone’s honours industry’s top decorators

POTY: Magill Painting Contractors Ltd
Period & Restoration winner Mark Nevin

The crème de la crème of the UK’s painting and decorating community came together recently to mark the 30th Johnstone’s Painter of the Year competition in the prestigious surroundings of the London Film Museum in London.

The annual competition, which celebrates the outstanding work carried out by the country’s finest painting contractors, follows strict criteria set out by Johnstone’s technical department to ensure that only those worthy of one of the industry’s most sought after accolades make the cut.

With a record number of entries received, representatives from Johnstone’s technical team travelled the length and breadth of the country in order to handpick this year’s 17 finalists, spanning four categories – Residential, Commercial and Industrial, Period and Restoration and Health and Education. Looking at the quality of decorative finish, intricacy of the work involved and the technical and logistical challenges presented by the projects, it’s clear that only the finest work made it through.

The finalists’ work was showcased throughout the evening, with winners selected by guests during a live interactive vote on the night.

Sirius & Ganton Academy, Hull

It was the sheer scale of the project undertaken by Magill Painting Contractors Ltd which most impressed both judges and guests alike as it claimed the ultimate accolade of Supreme Winner to be crowned Johnstone’s Painter of the Year 2012. It was the quality of work carried out by the 20-strong team during the year-long complete refurbishment of Sirius & Ganton Academy in Hull, which included two specialists painstakingly hand-painting a striped blue, green and yellow finish in the school’s atrium, which helped to win the audience over. In addition to the kudos which comes from winning this prestigious award, the team from Magill also won a fully branded new van to ensure their business will never be missed in their local area.


The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Winners in other categories at this year’s awards included Cummings & Pattison (North East) Ltd (Residential Category) for its work on the innovative SES Co-op Centre in Sunderland, Smiths Painters (Commercial and Industrial Category) for the quality of the job carried out at the Co-operative Headquarters in Manchester and Nevin of Edinburgh (Period and Restoration Category) for the impressive restoration carried out at the historic Assembly Rooms building in the heart of Edinburgh.

Simon Magill, Director of Magill Painting Contractors, said:  “We were absolutely thrilled just to have made it to the final of the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year awards, and to then be named the Supreme Winner was just incredible! We faced strong competition from the other entrants and to have our work on the Sirius & Ganton Academy in Hull recognised at such a prestigious event is a real honour and more than makes up for all the hours spent working on it!”

Steve Pocock, General Manager, PPG Architectural Coatings UK & Ireland commented: “Congratulations to Magill Painting Contractors for being crowned this year’s Supreme Winner. It was fantastic to see such high quality craftsmanship and professionalism once again from all the finalists in this year’s competition. Johnstone’s is delighted to have been able to celebrate the quality of British decorating and to recognise the very best in the business through our Painter of the Year event over the last 30 years. The judges are impressed year on year by the quality of work entered and I, for one, am looking forward to seeing next year’s entries already!

The event, which was attended by over 200 guests, who between them helped Johnstone’s raise a staggering £10,000 for Help for Heroes via a series of fundraising initiatives on the evening.

For more information on Johnstone’s and how to enter this year’s Painter of the Year competition please to download an entry form.


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