Home to one of the 25 most powerful computers in the world, the new purpose-built Met Office building in Exeter is part of a £97 million investment in the city by the world leading weather forecaster. The centre can process hundreds of thousands of weather readings and relays sophisticated reports and meteorological information to countries across the globe.
Dulux Trade was chosen to work on the building’s paint product specification in partnership with constructor Willmott Dixon and S&S Decorators. The scope of work included interior (ceiling, walls, door linings, architraves, skirtings, doors and steels) and exterior surfaces, with a brief to enhance the large, futuristic building with an exacting specification that took into account a variety of different requirements. Due to the sensitivity of the security challenges the building presents, robust planning was key in ensuring a smooth delivery and service.
Dulux Trade Diamond Matt paints were specified for the vast majority of the interior walls. The product was chosen for high usage areas due to its resistance to many common stains and daily wear-and-tear. It also wipes clean easily without having to be scrubbed or polished.
Dulux Trade Low Odour Eggshell was selected for the interior exposed steelwork, which was designed to create an industrial effect throughout the building. The oil based paint was used to achieve a resilient long lasting finish that would offer an attractive aesthetic look and feel. Additionally, Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth masonry paint was used where a dense high covering product was needed on concrete block walls in low traffic areas.
The works were carried out by S&S Decorators through the Dulux Trade Contract Partnership.