Spraying Success at Sir Robert Ogden Cancer Centre

Knauf Airless Finish spray plaster, supplied by our Nevill Long Newcastle branch, was specified on the build of a new care centre, commissioned on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support and South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Sir Robert Ogden Cancer Center Exterior

Sub-contractors Dual Interiors Ltd were awarded the contract by construction giant, Interserve and were challenged with plastering a bespoke oval shaped building in a timely and cost effective manner, without compromising on delivering a high-end finish.

After attending a Knauf Airless Spray Day Demonstration at our Newcastle branch, Dual Interiors requested the initial specified product to be changed to Knauf Airless Finish spray plaster.

At the ‘Spray Day’, Dual Interiors received a full demonstration of the Knauf Airless Finish system, understanding the benefits of a pre-mixed finish which makes it easy to use, and how to set up the spray plaster machine and hopper.

Joe Graham, Site Manager at Dual Interiors Ltd explained: “We looked at the different options available and after attending the Spray Day, decided that using Knauf Airless Finish would be the most cost-effective option for this project, as well as producing a very high-quality end result that the client, architect and Interserve would be happy with”.

Knauf Airless Finish was used throughout the building, covering an area more than 7000m2. It was applied using a spray plaster machine, loaned to Dual Interiors by our Newcastle branch. The Nevill Long team offer the spray plaster machine to contractors wanting to trial the Knauf Airless Finish system first-hand.

Simon Sidney, Business Development Manager at Nevill Long Newcastle said: “the main contractor was impressed by the productivity benefits of spray-applied plaster and the product performs especially well with high specification paints. There’s no flash through of joints on finished walls, even where there is large areas of glazing on sunny days. P+HS Architects and Interserve were happy with the work that was completed, and the finished building is stunning.”

Joe Graham said: “thanks to Simon and the team at Nevill Long Newcastle, we’ve purchased our own spray plaster machine and have used the system on further projects. Once surveyors see the benefits of spray plastering, such as improving efficiency and quicker drying times, it’s hard to go back to traditional plastering methods.”

The new facility, part of the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, was officially opened in December 2018 by Sir Robert Ogden and Lady Halifax, president of Macmillan Cancer Support. The new building showcases some striking architectural features, such as curved walls and fibreglass finishes.

The centre brings together services for chemotherapy, haematology and cancer support into one building and provides a vastly improved environment for users and staff. P+HS Architects wanted to encourage a calming environment for visitors experiencing an incredibly challenging time in their lives.