CLC Contractors Limited, in conjunction with Cornwall Housing, joined forces to appoint the Dulux Trade Commercial Colour Services team to give the Harvey Street Flats a new lease on life with an updated colour scheme fitting of the buildings’ design. Situated in the riverside community of Torpoint, Harvey Street Flats provide accommodation for over 78 residents across 11 blocks of flats.

Spanning 10 weeks, the Harvey Street Flats refurbishment saw a full revamp of the buildings’ exterior, including powerwashing to remove all loose materials, replacing areas of damaged wood and finally, preparing any metalwork areas for painting with Dulux Trade Metalshield Zinc Phosphate Primer.

As the first block of apartments can be seen when arriving by ferry from Plymouth, the colour scheme needed to be impactful, yet sympathetic to both the area and design of the building. Over the duration of the project, Dulux Trade, with artistic direction from Cornwall Housing, provided and implemented the technical specification needed to meet the cyclical requirements of Cornwall Housing and its tenants.

The four main colours used were Australian Sands, Lunar Grey and Dusted Blue on the masonry, and Graphica Grey on the plinths and bands.

The core product of choice was Dulux Trade Weathershield Exterior High Gloss, which is the last product used in a three-part weather resistant and flexible paint system. Specifically developed to give long-lasting, high gloss protection for exterior woodwork, the system contains a fungicide to inhibit mould growth on the paint film which helps it stay cleaner for longer. 

Bob McLellan, AkzoNobel Specifier Development Manager, who prepared the specifications for Harvey Street Flats, said: “For the Harvey Street Flats project we worked with the both Cornwall Housing and CLC Contractors, meaning we were able to relate colour to substrates, form and function without losing sight of the eventual end users of the spaces.”

Wayne Cavilla of CLC Contractors said: “Each building was stripped right back and the surfaces brought up to standard before any colour was applied. This ensured not only a smooth finish, but that the paint job will stand the test of time, resulting in a more cost-effective job for Cornwall Housing.”

The works were carried out through Dulux Trade Contract Partnership, an exclusive network of independently assesed, quality-assured commercial decorators which provide amazing end results. Contract Partners’ continual assessment ensures customers feel comfortable in the knowledge that its contractors will successfully deliver the desired specification every time.