Wood Finish curtain wall at Gloucester Gateway Services

Project Overview:

Built to merge into the landscape with its grass domed roof and with a lake to sit beside, Gloucester Services is a refreshing departure from traditional motorway service stations and a truly uplifting break from motorway monotony. The building features Cotswold stone walls with oak posts and oak cross beams inside giving the rural and homely feel of an old barn. The owners, the Westmorland Family, wanted the natural look to pervade throughout the entire area and to avoid the jarring effect of introducing metal into the interior. However, for certain elements such as door frames and mullion and transom cappings, metal was the material of choice.

The Solution:

Powdertech Corby has extended its PWF range through Roughwood, incorporating new shades and importantly a rougher texture, echoing the feel as well as the appearance of wood.  The strength and versatility of metal could be used for certain architectural components within the building without spoiling the  rustic appearance of the interior. The metal mullion and transom cappings for the glazed facade, the metal door frames and metal soffit panels were all coated  in PWF Roughwood,  shade 'purple heart' based on the tree of that name,  which complemented the oak beams perfectly.


  • PWF imparts a warmth and "feel" to metal substrates
  • PWF allows metal to be used, but with the appearance of wood
  • PWF has excellent resistance to abrasion and corrosion
  • PWF adapts to curved surfaces and can be cut and drilled for fabrication.
  • PWF is available in over 70 shades in smooth or textured finish.
  • PWF is low maintenance

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