The Supreme Winner accolade went to Hospitality, Leisure and Retail category winner, RE Martin, for their work on the renovation of Derby Silk Mill. The Grade ll Silk Mill was built in 1721 and has recently undergone an extensive £18 million renovation to become the home of the new Museum of Making.
The four-storey building includes an exhibition space, storage space, workshops, public spaces and a café, all of which were impeccably transformed by the RE Martin team using Johnstone’s Trade products such as Jonmat Contract Matt and Acrylic Durable Matt. The team modernised the building with a white and dark grey colour scheme, whilst preserving the building’s traditional features including original beams, brickwork and metal staircases.
Emmet Martin, Operations Director at RE Martin said: “We’re over the moon to be named as the Painter of the Year Supreme Winner. All the other nominations were outstanding, so to be voted for by our peers when there was such tough competition is an honour. Our team had to work quickly to complete all renovation work ahead of the Museum’s opening in May and the age of the building demanded some very intricate work, but I am so proud of the team’s efforts and the final result.”
The Johnstone’s Painter of the Year judges commented on how RE Martin’s careful work reflected a true understanding of the heritage of the building. They were also impressed by the way the team balanced maintaining the building’s heritage with creating an educational and exhibition space that feels very welcoming to a modern audience. The team were awarded with a brand-new personalised van from PPG as congratulations for taking home the Supreme Winner title.
In addition to the Supreme Winner, eight category winners were crowned as part of the competition’s sub-categories. These included:
Industrial Category Winner: Story Decorating Group for Manchester Airport.
Healthcare Category Winner: Nelson Decorators for Swords Nursing Home in County Dublin.
Education Category Winner: Smith Painters for The Spine in Liverpool.
Residential Category Winner: Opus Services for Carpenter Road, Birmingham.
Retail Category Winner: Alfred Bagnall and Sons Ltd for Resorts World, Birmingham.
Commercial Category Winner: Davidsons Solutions for Royal Middlehaven House in Middlesborough.
EWI & Render Category Winners: Hodgson Rendering for The Premier Inn at Scarborough, and to J & J Plasterers Ltd for Slouchlaw Bay, Stanraer.
The Johnstone’s Painter of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate those in the trade contributing to brilliant decorating throughout the UK and Ireland.
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