Dulux Goes to College


Vision West Nottinghamshire College is the major provider of post 16 education in the Mansfield Area, providingtraining for 26,000 full and part-time students. The college’s recent £50 million redevelopment has allowed for new buildings, facilities and opportunities, and Dulux Trade products were selected for use in the update of these state-of-the-art facilities.

Dulux Trade has built a working relationship from with the college over many previous projects. For this latest work, the original brief was to create a colour scheme designed for a more grown up client than the rest of the site which is a 16+ college. The university centre needed to be an environment which could be used both day and evening by external business clients, thus required a professional finish suitable for meetings, as well as teaching. From this, Dulux Trade, with direction from IBI Architects Manchester, was able to create the desired effect.

The aim was to use ‘on-trend’ shades of mustard and dark-watery teal across the three floors of the building to reflect the local landscape, while still introducing strong pops of colour.

The main product of choice was Dulux Trade Diamond Matt, a hardwearing, water-based matt emulsion paint that uses Dulux Trade’s Diamond Technology, making it perfect for high traffic areas. It’s resistance to typical everyday stains means it will repeatedly wipe clean without polishing up which means it’s ideal for colleges such as Vision West Notts.

Lisa Pilley, Commercial Colour Consultant at AkzoNobel, who helped create the look and feel for Vision West Nottinghamshire, said: “We worked closely with Vision West Nottinghamshire from the planning stages of this project, liaising with the architects to ensure a bespoke colour collaboration throughout the design. It was important that the space looked and felt right for its end-users which meant we were involved from the first approved architect drawings in order to provide a high level of support to both customer and contractor.”

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