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'Superdurable Powder Specification'

Powder coating is well recognised as the ‘specifiers choice’ for architectural metal finishing. These coatings are available in a very wide colour range and with minimal maintenance offer a sustainable solution for any project. With new, advanced formulations of powder, durability can be further extended. Now ‘Superduarble’ powders, known as ‘Class 2’ powders within the Qualicoat specification, are being recognised by a growing number of specifiers and used on prestigious projects across the UK.

One of the latest buildings to be specified using ‘Superdurable’ powder coat, is the new Francis Crick Institute in London. Qualicoat UK & Ireland member AkzoNobel Powder Coatings, working with HOK and PLP Architecture, have successfully gained specifications for two products from their superdurable Interpon D2525 range. These will be applied on the window frames, cladding and solar shading elements of the new building.

Currently under construction, the Francis Crick institute will provide a hub for ground-breaking research in biomedical sciences, the iconic building will become one of London's landmark structures. The vaulted roof, while having a distinctly decorative effect, will house the heating and cooling units and solar panels. In addition, a third of the building, which is expected to house 1250 research staff, will be below ground. This is to reduce its visible mass and keep in line with the historic buildings in its immediate vicinity.

The state of the art medical research centre is the result of a collaboration between the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, UCL (University College London) and three other partners. Research at the institute is aiming to find new ways to treat and prevent illnesses such as cancer or stroke. The Institute will be one of the largest biomedical research centers in Europe once completed in 2015.

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