Rust coloured powder coating - on interior surfaces

Percy Gee Building, Interior Food Hall, Leicester University, 

Project Overview

The Percy Gee Building, at Leicester University, is named after a former benefactor and chairman of the former college. Over the last 2-3 years the building has undergone an exciting £13.1 million transformation and expansion. This is a multi-purpose facility, home to the Students’ Union, a venue for informal learning and a centre for refreshment and eating.

That hard-working industrial look

A main hub of the building will be ‘Campus Kitchen’  a new food court which provides a range of varied cuisines for staff, students and visitors This is an interior occupied by Millennials and Gen Z and the décor needs to reflect their styles and trends. By using Amron Welltec “wave” or “corrugated” profiled aluminium sheet on an interior wall something new and unexpected was injected into the kitchen space. To take this ‘jolt away from the norm’ still further the designers envisaged not shiny metal, but the appearance of weathered and rusted metal – an industrial ‘vibe’ perhaps hinting at determination and hard work.

Powdertech Collections includes a range of finishes which replicate patination/rust on metal, giving a ‘Corten’ appearance but with no rusty residue which could mark clothing and other surfaces. The client chose ‘Firebox’ from the Evolution/Rust collection. This gives a very natural ‘rusted’ look with no two panels looking the same. Powdertech applied Firebox to 80 m2  of material which line the walls and over-counter area of the Campus Kitchen.


  • Evolution™ Rust finishes can be used internally and also externally. There is no residue, and no run-off or staining from rainwater.
  • The striking designs are achieved through using polyester resin systems, and a bit of magic!
  • The finish can be cleaned like any other powder coating – minimal maintenance.
  • We are passionate about colour and always keep up with latest trends in shade and texture of finishes.
  • The Evolution range has up to a 25-year guarantee for gloss, colour and adhesion.
  • Conforms to ISO 12206 and Qualicoat specifications.


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