STRUCTURAL GLAZING, POLYESTER, Cutty Sark visitor centre

A seal for royal approval

Project Overview

After many years of restoration, the world famous British clipper ship, the Cutty Sark, was re-opened to visitors in 2012. Visitors to the ship step aboard via the visitor centre, a contemporary glazed structure. As the entrance to a prestigious national monument this building needs to maintain a smart appearance, withstanding the riverside conditions and numerous visitors. Minimal maintenance is also required to reduce costs and disruption. The work was required in time for the official, royal opening by Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and the deadline was tight. 

The Solution

Wet paint was out of the question as there was not enough time. Powdertech used the Powerblast process as part of our one-stop-shop service to handle all post-fabrication finishing under one roof. Shot blasting to SA 2 ½ followed by a 60 micron layer of zinc rich epoxy based primer to protect the metal was applied before the colour top coat of RAL7022 matt grey colour coat.

This was carried out on Powdertech's premises and the entire job was completed in just two weeks. 


Powder coating is a time-efficient method of metal finishing, and can accommodate a quick turnaround.

Powder coating is a one or two-coat system, carried out in controlled, factory conditions and cured in minutes whereas wet paint may need several layers applied over days and curing depends on atmospheric conditions.

The high quality architectural polyester powders used are especially resistant to corrosion in a river-side based environment.

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