Queen’s Quay Energy Centre, Glasgow


Queen’s Quay is  £250 million mixed-use regeneration project built on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank, Glasgow - the QE2 and Queen Mary ocean liners were built here.  The new waterside development will include housing, commercial units, a £19m health centre, a £10m care home and an hotel. Central to the development is the Energy Centre and District Heating Network which features Scotland’s first large-scale water source heat pump to serve the entire 80-acre Queen’s Quay site, and beyond.

Project criteria

Design plans for the site positioned the Energy Centre as an integral part of the development, very much in view as a focal point. As such it has been designed to create an attractive feature within Queen’s Quay, complementing the historic Titan Crane, another local landmark.  The thriving industrial heritage of the site needed honouring and the designers were set on giving the building an updated industrial appeal, with a nod to the past and the future at the same time.

The Solution

The client chose Powdertech Evolution™ ‘Sandstorm’  which echoes rusted steel with a vibrancy and modern appeal to coat expanded mesh façade, corner cappings and roof cappings. Evolution™ finishes emulate metal patination but with no run-off or staining, and all conform to ISO 12206 and Qualicoat specifications. Powdertech coated 300 square metres of aluminium. A marine-enhanced pre-treatment process was used prior to the final coating for added protection due to proximity to the River Clyde. The colourful and glowing Energy Centre façade makes a  stunning backdrop for the other buildings on the site.


  • The Evolution range has up to a 25-year guarantee for gloss, colour and adhesion.
  • Colour, tone and texture are our passion and we have the expertise to develop bespoke finishes.
  • Powdertech has over 30-years’ experience in professional architectural powder coating
  • Powdertech's rigorous non-chrome pre-treatment system offers the best preparation for architectural aluminium.
  • Powdertech’s flexible plant can coat a wide variety of shapes and sizes of architectural metal work and fabrications. 

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