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Crown Paints Helps Restore Iconic India Buildings To Former Glory

Liverpool’s iconic India Buildings has used almost 8,975 litres of Crown Paints as part of the development’s multi-million-pound renovations.

The Grade II listed building, which will house almost 4,000 members of HMRC’s staff once complete, has undergone extensive refurbishment by fit out experts  Overbury.

The 350,000 sq ft building which was built between 1924 and 1932, was damaged by a bomb in the Second World War. It was later restored to become one of Liverpool’s most prominent buildings in the city’s business district.

The building’s heritage meant the paint colour from Crown Paints needed to complement the historic architecture of the property.

The India Buildings boasts a bespoke and unique ceiling design, with its continuous patterns running throughout the building. The age of the property, however, meant developers had no record of the paint or colour used on the ceiling. Crown Paints used its ColourKey, a pocket colour scanning device that allows users to match any colour from Crown’s database, to match the exact shade on the ceiling in order to refurbish it.

For the walls throughout the building, Crown Paints mixed more than 1,350 litrs of its Vinyl Matt Emulsion in RAL9016, leaving a flat and non-reflective finish.

Meanwhile, 1,835 litres of Crown Paints’ Clean Extreme and 335 litres of Crown Paints Acrylic Eggshell was used in the building’s higher traffic areas including the canteen and kitchen. The Clean Extreme range has been formulated to leave a smooth finish which can withstand continuous cleaning, making it perfect for busy areas like a canteen and kitchen.

Delivering a project for the HMRC during a pandemic meant Crown Paints was given strict time restrictions to enter the site by Overbury. To limit the number of tradespeople on-site at any given time, Crown Paints could only deliver its paint once a week at an allotted time of 11am.

This meant smooth scheduling was crucial. Specified paint products had to be mixed and ready to deliver each week.

On delivery days, Crown Paints also collected all of the empty paint tins from the site to recycle through its hugely successful Can Back scheme, which allows contractors to bring ANY empty paint cans back to Crown Paints for recycling, completely free of charge. A total of 1,795 tins were recycled throughout the project.

“The India Building is an iconic Liverpool landmark with a rich heritage and architecture. Using our ColourKey, we were able to colour-match the paint on the ceiling to the exact shade required, which meant it could be restored to its former glory and conform to conservation requirements. Meanwhile, our RAL9016 complemented the rest of the building nicely.

Sustainability is core to what we do at Crown Paints too, so to be able to recycle all 1,795 tins through our Can Back scheme is excellent.”

Laura Crossey – Contractors Sales Manager at Crown Paints