Durham Crown Court wins over Johnstone’s jury

Leading paint manufacturer Johnstone’s has made a significant contribution to the long-awaited refurbishment of Durham Crown Court by providing the products needed to restore the second courtroom of the Grade II Listed building back to its former glory.

The historic court was built in 1811 and occupies a central position in the heart of Durham. Local painters W D Davison & Sons Ltd were tasked with restoring the second courtroom of the impressive building, which hadn’t been decorated for an incredible 35 years, and their work was so impressive that it received the top prize at Johnstone’s prestigious Painter of the Year competition, which shines a light on those painting contractors whose work has really excelled.

Before they could even get started on the paintwork they had to undertake an extensive programme of cleaning and preparation. The redecoration programme required a team of eight decorators from W D Davison & Sons Ltd to work over a three-month period, with all the work having to take place at night in order for the court services to continue uninterrupted during the day.

To give the walls and ceilings a traditional, high quality, matt finish, Johnstone’s Covaplus Vinyl Matt emulsion was used in a number of tinted colours. Woodwork within the courtroom was brought back to life using Johnstone’s Woodworks Polyurethane Varnish in Clear Satin, which was chosen as it would highlight the natural grain of the wood and provide a tough, hardwearing finish. Other products that helped to transform the courtroom included Johnstone’s Ultra Undercoat and Ultra Gloss, and Johnstone’s Acrylic Satin Finish.

It was the contractor’s ability to work on such intricate details in difficult conditions that impressed the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year judges. The competition received a record number of entries this year, but was eventually whittled down to just 15 finalists who met a strict criteria set out by members of Johnstone’s technical department.

After coming out on top, William Davison Snr of W D Davison & Sons Ltd said: “We were absolutely delighted to have made it to the final of the Johnstone’s Painter of the Year awards, and to then be named the Supreme Winner by over 200 of the industry’s leading decorators is just the icing on the cake! We faced strong competition from the other entrants and to have our work on the Durham Crown Court recognised at such a prestigious event is a real honour.  We are already looking ahead to next year’s event and hope to have another winning project to enter.”

Tony Walker, Technical Manager – Specification, said: “Although in need of some TLC, the courtroom still boasts many of its period features intact and so it was important that the colours and products specified were sympathetic to the original architecture. W D Davison & Sons Ltd deserves great acclaim for the way they carried out this challenging job.”

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