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ICI Paints AkzoNobel enjoyed a successful day at the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) Premier Trophy Awards 2012, with two of its brands, Dulux Trade and International Paints, featuring in three of the four main categories' winning entries. Two Dulux Trade Contract Partners - Dumbreck Decorators and CLC Contractors - also walked away with top prizes.
The awards, which are held each year to recognise the wide variety of skills and materials within the painting and decorating trade, invite entrants to nominate their best work across a range of categories including: Commercial, Decorative, Industrial and Small Contractor.
Glasgow-based Dumbreck Decorators was announced as the joint winner of the Decorative category. The Dulux Trade Contract Partner was selected for its sympathetic redecoration of the impressive St Andrews Cathedral in Glasgow. The firm returned the Cathedral - which had not been redecorated in almost 200 years - to its former glory using a contemporary and fresh colour scheme which also complemented the original building design. Dulux Trade Diamond Matt was used in a variety of shades throughout the project to ensure that the completed work would provide a finish that was both inspiring and durable.
Also successful at the ceremony was fellow Dulux Trade Contract Partners, CLC Contractors. As well as receiving a commendation in the Industrial category for its work at Norwood Junction Station in London, the property and asset maintenance company also picked up the Special Award for Excellence. The accolade is given to firms which have a great track record at the PDA Premier Trophy Awards and a proven ability to provide great customer service from the start of works, to completion.
The Small Contractor category was won by T & K Bourne and Sons Ltd for its superbly executed work on the interior and exterior of the south wing Lillington Castle in Dartford, Kent. The contractor was commended on the impressive colour schemes used throughout the project and high quality of finish on the external areas. A number of Dulux Trade products were used on the project.
International Paints was the lead brand in the winning Industrial category submission. Ellesmere Port-based E & P Painting Contractors scooped the award for its use of the brand's products on a high specification project to provide protective coatings to 16 large metal storage vessels. International Paints coatings were also used to coat the walkways which link the vessels. The truly industrial-scale project required intensive primer, undercoat and finishes, with around six coats applied in total.
In addition to the winning entries, many more of the shortlisted award submissions featured AkzoNobel brands as the leading manufacturer. In total, over a third of the entries that won an award, or were accredited with a 'Very Highly Commended' or 'Highly Commended' status, belonged to decorators or contractors who use ICI Paints AkzoNobel products.
John Staunton, Customer Marketing Manager at Dulux Trade, comments: "The outstanding craftsmanship that is demonstrated year-on-year through the PDA Premier Trophy Awards is a testament to the excellence that exists across the industry. Once again, ICI Paints AkzoNobel products have played a prominent part in projects that have been recognised through the awards. We place a great deal of emphasis on supporting leading trade professionals to reach the highest possible standards, and are very proud to be associated with such high calibre projects and professionals."
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