Prestigious refurbishment for the Scottish Parliament

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Residing in Holyrood, Edinburgh, the Scottish Parliament is one of the most prestigious legislators in the United Kingdom. The building, built in 1999, was opened by Queen Elizabeth 2nd, and the first parliament started session in 2004. The building’s impressive post-modern architecture has won it critical acclaim and many respected awards, and has been hailed as one of the most innovative designs in modern Britain.

The vast three year project started with the refurbishment of the main entrance, and the current soffits which were to be recovered and improved.  PANDOMO by ARDEX was chosen for this project, and Artstone, an experienced PANDOMO contractor, as the chosen craftsmen.  PANDOMO creates a decorative, seamless and very hard wearing surface for floors, walls and ceilings. Due to the contractor’s experience working with PANDOMO products the specified PANDOMO Wall finish enhances the buildings post-modern design and creates a sense of light to open up the main entrance.

Director at Artstone, James Liversedge commented: “As the building had to be ready each morning for the parliament’s session, we knew that time was of the essence to get the job done. We’ve worked with ARDEX before on numerous projects, particularly with their PANDOMO products, so we knew that with their help and expertise, the job could be achieved quickly and to the highest of standards. PANDOMO provided the perfect post-modern look, in keeping with the rest of the building, adding a sense of light to the space. Everyone was delighted with the end result, both aesthetically and in performance.”

A variety of ARDEX products were used on the project which included:

  • ARDEX P 4 Rapid Drying Multi-Purpose Primer was used to prime the soffits prior to the application of PANDOMO Wall. As the product had to be applied overhead, to the curved ceiling. The surface grip properties of ARDEX P 4 guaranteed a strong bond.
  • ARDEX P 51 Concentrated Water-Based Primer and Bonding Agent - For the vertical surfaces and more absorbent background areas ARDEX P 51 was the preferred Primer to seal the absorbent surface to ensure a smooth application of the PANDOMO product.
  • PANDOMO Wall was used to cover and create the ceiling to the main entrance. The product is exceptionally versatile, and in the hands of the Artstone team it was possible to achieve a bespoke smooth but cloudy looking polished concrete finish.
PANDOMO Global Development Manager, Adrian Ashby explains, “Thanks to the flexibility of ARDEX products and the craftsmanship of the Artstone team, we were able to deliver a stunning, fast track refurbishment that fits in with the rest of the iconic building.”