Painting by the Book
Manchester based HMG Paints Ltd has supplied paint for the refurbishment of the city’s iconic Central Library.
The Grade II* listed building, originally built between 1930 and 1934, began a £48 million four year renovation project in 2010 and was reopened to the public in March 2014. The Library now offers the public access to extensive library collections, regional and national photograph and film archives, a state of the art digital media lounge and the magnificent central Wolfson Reading Room.
HMG Paints supplied Broadley Group with over 600 litres of paint, providing a clean, classic yet modern finish to the interiors of the iconic building. Broadley Group and has carried out the refurbishment of a number of other historical venues including London’s Kew Palace and the Coliseum Theatre.
A variety of high specification coatings, selected from HMG Paints’ Decorative Range, were supplied for use within the Central Library. Contract Matt Emulsion was supplied providing the interior with a clean, high opacity finish. A Waterborne LMP acrylic system was also used for its excellent adhesion properties and as a greener alternative to solvent based paints.
The new Decorative Range offered by HMG Paints includes emulsions, masonry paints and water resistant coatings that are durable, retain their colour and are easy to apply. The range of products is especially versatile and has been specified for use on a number of new build, redecoration and historical renovation projects.
The library is a building of special cultural significance in Manchester and has played a key role in the history of the city. Proudly positioned in the beautiful St Peter’s Square, the library was opened by King George V in 1934 and has been used to house important collections, host theatrical performances at its Library Theatre and even provide shelter in the Second World War during the Manchester Blitz.