Wallglaze - Wallflex®
The Grade II listed, former military hospital at Richmond Park – the Star & Garter – has been carefully refurbished and repurposed as luxury apartments.
The former grand room exercise hall of the hospital was turned into a large leisure suite featuring a swimming pool, jacuzzi and gym, which created the challenge of preserving an ornate, original plaster and gold leaf ceiling.
Leisure facilities and swimming pool areas are tough environments for interior finishes, because of high humidity and chlorine levels, together with rigorous cleaning & hygiene requirements.
A tough and reliable surface coating system was required to cope with these conditions.
CS supplied Wallflex® coating with Heavy Duty Fibreglass Reinforcement for walls and ceilings (Light Duty for the ceiling architraves). Door frames, window frames and skirting boards were coated in the standard Wallflex® system and a clear, impermeable Armourlac™ coating was applied on gold leaf areas of the ornate ceiling.
CS Wallflex® was specified for its versatility and durability in both dry and wet environments, along with its anti-microbial properties and high chemical resistance. System topcoats were colour matched to the light grey shade specified by the architect.
On walls and ceilings, fibreglass reinforcement was incorporated into the system to cope with extensive micro-cracking of the old plaster, and further increase coating's resistance to abrasion and environmental conditions.
Clear CS Armourlac was used over gold leaf details to protect them from discolouration and flaking caused by the high humidity and high chlorine environment.
The leisure suite is now located within the restored historical suite without the worry of discoloration and deterioration. It will have minimal maintenance requirements for up to 10 years before needing a simple re-coating.