Bristol Airport manages over nine million passengers every year. Aiming to grow its capacity to take on more passengers, the airport has recently undergone an extensive expansion as part of its development plans.
Part of the changes include the recent construction of a new three-storey office block, comprising a gym, a police station and training rooms, as well as various other administration facilities. One of the primary aims of Bristol Airport when it came to introducing this new building was to provide a positive environment that supports the health and wellbeing of its occupants, and this was a key objective put to R&M Williams when they turned to the painting contractor for a solution.
Every aspect of the development needed to be specified with sustainability and wellbeing in mind, and one of the main concerns for Bristol Airport’s project managers was indoor air quality. However, the fact that this was a new build development put this pursuit at risk, as many materials used in new builds emit potentially harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the surrounding air.
Formaldehyde is a particularly harmful VOC. Present within all houses and public spaces in varying concentrations, it is emitted from a wide range of commonly used materials, such as chipboards, fibreboards, furniture, carpet, glue and interior fabrics – and would therefore be present in the new Bristol Airport building.
Having recently learned about the environmental and healthcare benefits of Johnstone’s Trade Air Pure, the team at R&M Williams recommend the wall and ceiling paint for the interior decoration.
From the point of application, Air Pure neutralises up to 70 per cent of formaldehyde from the air, helping to continually improve the indoor environment over a number of years. The paint is also 45 per cent bio-based and comes in packaging made from 100 per cent recycled materials, further helping to improve sustainability credentials.
Darryn Parry, managing director of R&M Williams, said: “Understanding the end client’s focus on sustainability and awareness of their employees’ wellbeing, we knew Johnstone’s Trade Air Pure was right for the job. Every part of this paint has been designed to minimise its environmental impact and create healthier spaces.
“Not only does it have clear environmental benefits, but the product was also really easy to apply and the coverage was comparable with your everyday emulsions, meaning there was no need for additional coats. Touching up was also a pleasure as there was little sign of flashing. We won’t hesitate to continue using Air Pure on future jobs. In fact, we’ve already used it on the third building at this project, Aviation House, and continue to be impressed by its performance.”