The new terminal building, which opened its doors in June 2014, is part of a wider redevelopment of the world’s busiest tworunway airport. Designed by Luis Vidal, with construction co-ordinated by Heathrow East Terminal Company (HETCo), a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Ferrovial, it is currently one of the largest construction projects in the UK.
The new terminal building, which was decorated by Cousins Group over the course of 20 months, is expected to serve 20 million passengers a year. To withstand the high levels of traffic, it was paramount that a durable paint was specified.
The special formula of Johnstone’s Endura Super Durable Matt means it is 50 times tougher than standard vinyl matt emulsion. Scrub tested to achieve official ISO and BS standards ensures that it provides a robust finish to the terminal and will do for years to come. The durable nature of the product also means that maintenance cycles can be extended for up to 12 years, reducing the potential for expensive and logistically challenging decorating programmes.
In addition to the use of Endura Super Durable Matt, the brand’s popular Jonmat Premium Contract Matt was used on new plaster. Johnstone’s Satin Finish, which creates a hardwearing yet washable finish, was specified to protect the interior woodwork in the new terminal.
Ben Doherty, commercial director at Cousins Group, said: “Johnstone’s was the obvious choice for us on this project as we knew Johnstone’s Endura Super Durable Matt would provide the level of finish that Heathrow demanded. The sheer scale presented an enormous challenge so our decorators needed a paint that would deliver an unrivalled finish first time.”