Long-lasting, hygienic finish for new Liverpool cancer centre

Building Design Partnership, architects for the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool specified a range of Johnstone’s Trade paints for the building, on the the recommendation of main contractor, Laing O'Rourke.

The new cancer centre, in the heart of Liverpool, is the city’s first dedicated cancer hospital, and has been built and opened as part of a £162 million investment in cancer centres in the region. With cleanliness, hygiene, and inclusive design in mind, BDP turned to PPG Architectural Coatings to provide a Johnstone’s Trade paint specification for th4 facility.  In an environment where cleaning, sanitation, and hygiene practices are key, BDP needed a coatings solution that could be thoroughly cleaned regularly, while retaining a high-quality finish and colour, and offering durability.

Acrylic Durable Matt is a premium emulsion, designed to provide a tough, durable finish. With a Class 1 Scrub Rating, PPG says it is ‘ideal for high traffic areas that need regular cleaning’ – such as healthcare environments.

Johnstone’s Trade Microbarr Anti Bacterial Acrylic Matt was also used in the Brachytherapy Suite, and HDR and Anaesthetic rooms. PPG Architectural Coatings said: “Formulated using silver ion technology, the coating is a suitable choice for healthcare settings like Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool, as it is designed to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and infections, while having a tough, easily washable finish.”

Another  important consideration was design and colour. BDP proposed a colour scheme that tied the building and departments together, starting with the referencing of one of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust’s corporate colours at the main entrance levels. BDP wanted to create an inclusive environment for all patients, visitors, and staff, taking into account dementia-friendly design, while  also matching the Trust’s colours – the output of the practice’s design needed to be the perfect balance. PPG helped the architects do this with its colour-matching service, working in collaboration, and consulting with dementia specialists to develop the colour scheme, to ensure that the design took into account their needs, as well as looking good.

BDP used the bold Trust colours in the reception areas, and worked with PPG to create tonal variations that were used throughout the corridors and rooms on each floor. Each floor had its own colour identity from the PPG Voice of Colour collection. A calming range of blues such as Mystic Iris and Ocean Skies were included within the inpatient ward, contrasting with bright, bold greens, such as Be Spontaneous and Funky Frog, in the reception area.

Mike Lee, Specification Development manager at PPG, said: “We’ve worked with BDP on the design and development of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool since the firm was first appointed, and have really seen the building come to life. The design has been centred around ensuring  that patients and staff have a clean, comfortable, and visually appealing environment. The finished interior looks great, and our Johnstone’s Trade products will ensure that the building is protected for many years to come.”