Making dream park homes come true with AkzoNobel

Uncertainty over a hard Brexit response from the European Union has led to questions about owning holiday homes abroad. Putting your ‘feet up’ within the UK shores just might be a better option? It’s for this very reason the ownership of park and leisure lodges has burgeoned.

Mike England Timber was established in 1969 by John and Margery Hardman and takes its name from their good friend and next door neighbour, former Welsh Footballer and Manager Mike England. Today the company has shaped itself as one of the UK’s leading independent timber suppliers. Their cornucopia of services and products encompasses; specialist machining, specialist timber coating and specialist timber treatments, together with fire-rated door frames, cladding and internal door casings.

Working closely with and audited annually by Sikkens Industrial Coatings, they have a dedicated team offering advice and support to ensure product consistency, accurately measure correct film builds and maintain the highest quality standards. It would be a menu of services and products that would serve very well the needs of a high-quality designer and manufacturer of leisure and park homes.

Established since 1987 Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure is one of Europe’s largest and most successful manufacturers of park homes and leisure lodges. Based in Northants they have two manufacturing plants in Kettering and Rushden with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities that houses over 450 staff between both sites. With cutting-edge technology producing a tantalising range of stunning park and leisure homes they are renowned for Intelligent designs, second-to-none craftsmanship and ground-breaking creativity that has built an enviable reputation.

Victoria Gomersall, Interior Designer from Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure commented,

“our Foresters lodge model was born out of the fact that I needed to re-design an existing model. This already had clad ceilings but in design terms it felt far too much like a sauna.”

She went on to add,

“I approached Colin Bennett from Mike England Timber as I wanted to create a log cabin feel with natural oak colours.”

Colin Bennett, Operations Manager from Mike England Timber said,

“we work very closely with our customer’s design teams. We had a call from Victoria Gormersall as she was working on the Forester Lodge for an upcoming event where she wanted a cladded internal celling. We also supplied some sample panels for external cladding.”

Colin Bennett went on to further say,

“the external cladding was a mid-oak colour where we specified Sikkens Cetol WP 567 BPD base coat, together with further coatings of Sikkens Cetol WF791 translucent finish coat which produced a great finish”.

SIKKENS CETOL® WP 567 BPD impregnating primer is a translucent, impregnating base stain for protection against blue stain, fungi and rotting. It impregnates and primes in one coat. Available in a wide range of colours including more than 20 colours from the SIKKENS Joinery Classic Colours Collection and is used as a primer coat for translucent wood coating systems. It’s ready to use from the container and penetrates deep into the timber. It also provides good run-off properties and good UV protection.

SIKKENS CETOL® WF 791 is a translucent, satin semi matt finish coat for profile boards for exteriors and Interiors. SIKKENS CETOL® WF 791 is water soluble and pure acrylic. It’s ready to use, has high water vapour permeability, good weather resistance and provides good UV protection. Again, available in an almost unlimited colour range, from natural wood shades to more contemporary grey, blue and green shades. Whatever the shade required the technical team will aim to provide it.

Colin Bennett further commented,

“with the external cladding done the next call for me was to ask Sikkens which product would do the best job for the internal cladding.”

He went on to add,

“Victoria Gomersall wanted the internal ceiling to have a warm, slight oak look to it. I relayed this back to the team at Sikkens and explained the colour we were trying to re-create and that it had to create a natural effect with minimum sheen. They recommended their Cetol WF 771.”

With SIKKENS CETOL® WF 771, Sikkens Wood Coatings provide a special one-pot coating product which is highly protective against the damaging effects of UV light and moisture. Its transparent film deluges and fills the pores in the wood with the Saturator-Effekt® and therefore increases its durability. Flaking of the coating does not occur. This low build, low sheen translucent system is especially suitable for medium to highly exposed wood surfaces such as outdoor decks, garden furniture, roof soffits and cladding. However, it is also perfect to use on internal cladding.

In terms of meeting the needs of commercial cladding coaters, SIKKENS CETOL® WF 771 provides a perfect coating solution, whether its applied by vacuum coater, brush coater or automated spray lines… a real boon at the early stages of construction affording the manufacturer more quality control. The Never Ending Impressions colour range for Cetol WF 771 includes vibrant hues such as coral, lilac and blue through to more the more muted slate, sepia and straw shades.

Victoria Gomersall went on to further comment,

“even though our budget didn’t allow for us to use real oak, Colin Bennett collaborated with the Sikkens team and came up with the perfect alternative choice of boards.”

She finally added,

“the finished product looks absolutely outstanding. We now have the boards pre-finished ready for production to fit which has also reduced the time spent on the production line. I feel that the relationship Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure has with Mike England Timber is an excellent one.”

Colin Bennett also commented,

“The relationship I have with Sikkens goes back fifteen to twenty years. They have a ‘can do’ attitude and nothing is too much trouble. They audit our operation annually and give great technical support.”

He finally ended by saying,

“It’s a fantastic working partnership and mirrors the support we give to Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure.”

To see the list of UK and Ireland distributors www.sikkens-wood-coatings.co.uk/en/home.html Contact them directly for further details on their product offers, specifications and specialist industry advice.

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