Crown Paints lands Heathrow contract

Safety and sustainability helped Crown Paints play a part in a major multi-billion pound project at Heathrow Airport.

Crown HeathrowThe manufacturer was chosen to supply its flame-retardant paint, Crown Trade Timonox, for use in the new £2bn Terminal 2B at Heathrow Airport.

The specification was supported by Crown Paints’ pioneering carbon footprint reporting service, used throughout the project.

Heathrow’s Terminal 2B has been constructed by Balfour Beatty and sets a benchmark in sustainability as the world’s first Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certified airport terminal.

Balfour Beatty consulted with suppliers, including Crown Paints, to ensure complete sustainability throughout the project, something which was aided by Crown Paints’ carbon footprint reporting process.

The environmental team from Balfour Beatty gathered information about materials on site, to feed into their own Sustainability Action Plan. KPIs were measured in areas including energy and water usage and materials.

With Crown Paints having the ‘tried and tested’ information available about its products, from raw materials through to transport, Balfour Beatty was able to use best practice methodology in accordance with PAS2050.

Mohamed El Shazly, Balfour Beatty’s environmental advisor to the Heathrow T2B project, said: “Crown Paints knows the process that the paints have been through from raw materials through to transportation and their carbon footprint reporting has really helped us.

“I found the service from Crown Paints to be really helpful and they were very forthcoming with the information.”

Crown Trade Timonox was specified for the project by architect firm Grimshaw, with 5,000 litres applied by H&S Decorating Specialists.

Paint was applied across a large swathe of the terminal – including storage plant rooms, arrivals, departures, the apron and through to the basement.

Debbie Orr, marketing manager at Crown Paints, said: “We offer bespoke specifications for our range of Timonox systems and products because we understand that projects such as T2B, which will cater for millions of passengers a year, have a range of requirements which the products must fulfil."

Debbie added “Applied to the walls and ceilings of corridors, stairwells and other communal areas that form part of a circulation area or fire escape route in public buildings, Timonox can help provide additional time for a building to be safely evacuated.

“All paints contain material that can burn – but Crown Trade Timonox products are specially formulated to slow down this process. This means they can help buy precious extra time for evacuation – with the potential to save lives. “The system reduces the risk of fire spread on walls and ceilings where multiple layers of conventional paint can create a flammable surface if they have built up over many years."