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Turkish Bath Contract Makes for Supreme Winner

Wharfedale Decorations Ltd has been announced as the Supreme Winner of the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year Awards 2021.

The annual awards recognise the top talent from across the painting and decorating industry and highlight the very best work carried out over the past year. For the first time in three years, the celebration returned to an in-person event where professionals from across the industry came together at The Carden Park Hotel, Cheshire, and voted for the winners of the 39th edition of the awards.

The event saw 23 finalists compete across six categories: commercial, education, healthcare, historical, hospitality and leisure, and residential. From these category winners, one was voted Supreme Winner. Two additional awards were also presented for outstanding EWI and render projects. 

The Supreme Winner

The Supreme Winner award was presented to the winner of the hospitality and leisure category, Wharfedale Decorations Ltd, for its work on the Turkish Baths in Harrogate – one of only seven Turkish Baths remaining in the UK.

Wharfedale Decorations Ltd was tasked by Harrogate Borough Council to restore the original beauty of the Turkish Baths – a building that’s importance lies in its decoration, elaboration and rarity. The project included remaking the historical stencils and patterns that have stood within the baths for more than 100 years, a job that was guided by only patterns on the walls as the previous stencils were too damaged to be used.

The team used Johnstone’s Trade Acrylic Durable Matt throughout the building and worked with PPG to create a colour palette that matched the historical colours previously used.

Scott Wilson, Director at Wharfedale Decorations Ltd, said: “We were incredibly proud to be the category winner but to go on to win Supreme Winner as well is unbelievable. We were up against some really tough competition so for our project to be voted for by peers is an honour. The Turkish Baths is one of the most challenging and historically important projects that we’ve done, but also the most rewarding, and I can’t praise the team enough for the work and effort that went into this now award-winning job!”

The category winners

The commercial award went to Jack Tighe Ltd for its work on the internal concourse at Doncaster Train Station. Despite working within a live environment bustling with passengers, station staff and other contractors, the team delivered a high-quality finish that met the client’s requirements.

In the education category, Dunningham Decorators Ltd won for its work at Saracen’s High School in Edgeware. The team of six painters and decorators completed the project in nine months, spraying more than 10,000 litres of Johnstone’s Trade Contract Matt and 2,500 litres of Johnstone’s Trade Durable Matt to a standard that met the needs of the Department for Education school framework.

The healthcare category winner was W D Davison & Sons Ltd for the St Nicholas Hospital project, where the team used Johnstone’s Trade Acrylic Eggshell to transform a disused area of the building into a modern training centre for the Medical Education Department.

CPC Specialist Decorators won the historical category for its work at Grove Street Methodist Church in Retford. At the client’s request, the team repaired plaster work and repainted the ceiling of the church, which is an exact replica of that at the Retford Town Hall, using Johnstone’s Trade Covaplus Vinyl Matt.

In the residential category, McLoughlin Decorating took home the award for its work on Regent’s Crescent, London. The team used a range of Johnstone’s Trade paints on internal and external areas of the apartment building, with the client commenting that the finished result surpassed their expectations and that the workmanship was outstanding.

Finally, the EWI category was won by P&P Building and Roofing for its work at Monmouthshire Housing, while NC Plastering was presented with the render award for the Whitby Cliff House project.

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