Dulux Trade reaches new heights with The Shard

A range of premium coatings from Dulux Trade has been selected to protect and enhance The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building. Dulux Trade Metalshield, Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt, Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood and Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth Masonry were all applied as part of the shell and core decorations package at London’s newest landmark.

At a height of 1,016 ft (310 m) and located in the historic London Bridge Quarter, the flagship building, developed by Sellar Property Group, transforms London’s skyline. The main contractor, Mace, and painting sub-contractors, S Lucas Group – a Dulux Trade contract partner – were tasked with ensuring the coating solutions met the project’s premium specification standards.

Danny Lucas, managing director and chairman of S Lucas Group, said:

“It was important that the internal core had a high quality, protective finish. So premium durable coatings were required for the core decoration.”

Dulux Trade Metalshield Satin Finish was used on the core metal work located throughout the 72 storey building, including the metal doors and frames. The quick-drying solvent-based formulation was specified for its high performance qualities and because it provides lasting protection against corrosion on metal substrates.

To achieve a top quality, contemporary finish for the walls and internal structural columns, Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt was specified in a Pure White shade (RAL 9010), and for the internal woodwork and trim Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood was applied. Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood is a tough and flexible, water based satin finish that uses Diamond technology, which gives it superior durability compared to many solvent based satin finishes.

Danny continues:

“We were also tasked with using a coating that would protect the concrete pillars in the basement and so we applied Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth Masonry paint to them. This coating is usually used on exterior masonry because it provides guaranteed protection against all types of extreme weather conditions, so we knew it would work. The emulsion contains a fungicide to inhibit mould growth on the paint film and helps the surfaces to stay cleaner for longer. What’s more, it offers up to 15 years’ protection so it will look good for longer.”

The Shard has also been designed to deliver exceptional environmental credentials, with sustainability a clear priority at every stage. During the decoration process, the Environmental Wash System from Dulux Trade was positioned on every fifth floor. The unit provides an environmentally responsible way of washing out painting tools, by converting water-borne paint washings into clear water and solid waste, allowing for easier and safer disposal.