Crown’s University Place


A bespoke heritage colour scheme created by Crown Paints features in the refurbishment of one of Manchester University’s most iconic accommodation buildings.

Located in the heart of the University’s Fallowfield Campus, the Grade II listed Ashburne Hall is one of the earliest examples of a purpose-built hall of residence and has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme.

Professional painting contractor ER Williams was appointed to undertake the redecoration of the hall’s grand dining room, which is used by the resident students and is also available to hire for functions and weddings. Taking into account the architectural style of the hall and its requirement to meet the needs of the new generation of students who reside there, Crown’s colour service team created a selection of different colour palettes for the University to choose from. Each comprised a mix of authentic heritage colours and the specified scheme featured rich earthy tones of browns and greys on the walls and ceilings, with a clean brilliant white chosen for the architrave and skirting boards.

To minimise disruption and create an easy to maintain finish, Crown Trade’s quick-drying and low-odour water-based Acrylic Eggshell was applied to the broad wall areas. To add contrast, Full Gloss was applied to the trim areas and the attractive low-sheen finish of Matt Vinyl was applied on the hall’s ceiling and to accentuate the original cornice and panelling details.

Crown’s University Place
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