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Armourcoat has led the world developing polished plaster and high performance surface finishes.
As a leading manufacturer of decorative plaster, innovative surface finishes and sculptural effects, Armourcoat are committed to technical excellence. With an outstanding product range - now including 3D sculptural effects and innovative panel systems - featuring recycled material and low VOCs, Armourcoat remain at the forefront of sustainable decorative surface solutions.
Armourcoat has become an integral part of some of the world’s most prestigious architectural interiors, including luxury hotels and resorts, boutique retail, large-scale commercial and high-end residential clients in an extensive project list. Recent projects include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa in the Middle East, and the unique Darwin Cocoon at London’s Natural History Museum.
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Armourcoat surface finishes have played a central role in the comprehensive refurbishment of the iconic Minster Building in the heart of London’s business district.
The interior design, by architects BuckleyGrayYeoman for Ivanhoe? Cambridge and its development/asset manager Greycoat Real Estate LLP, has created a major repositioning of the building built around the central eight-storey atrium. The ground floor reception is approached by a 30 metre long boulevard from the new entrance on the corner of Mincing Lane and Great Tower Street. The original entrance has also been retained to Minster Court piazza.
Measuring seven metres high and up to eight metres wide, the impressive entrance boulevard has a polished floor of terrazzo with bronze inlays, edged by dark oak. Throughout the entrance and reception spaces, the walls are hand-finished in nearly 2,000m2 of Armourcoat polished plaster together with over 600m2 of the company’s Acoustic Plaster System applied to the ceilings.
Designed to optimize the acoustics of interior spaces, the Acoustic Plaster system offers a clean and smooth mineral surface that can be applied seamlessly over large expanses to both flat and curved surfaces. Comprising of a special mineral wool composite panel that is bonded onto the substrate and finished with a seamless layer, the Armourcoat Acoustic Plaster System offers an elegant marble based plaster finish while allowing sound energy to pass through the surface. The zero VOC system, which consists of 80% recycled material, achieves class '0' fire rating and a class 'A' Noise Reduction Coefficient rating.
Armourcoat polished plaster has been specified for the Leathersellers’ Hall in the City of London by Eric Parry Architects.
The new Leathersellers’ Hall was completed in 2016 and is the seventh Hall for the Leathersellers’ Company, one of the ancient Livery Companies in the City founded by royal charter in 1444. The new Hall is a total new build, apart from its early 20th century fac?ade and a number of features preserved from the earlier Halls. These have been incorporated in the new Hall, providing a contemporary feel but with some reminders of the Company’s long and illustrious history and heritage.
A central feature of the new Leathersellers’ Hall is the complex spiral ovoid staircase and finely- crafted scagliola pilasters in the central Stair Hall. Originally from the old Hall, the architect has imaginatively scattered the pilasters, seemingly at random, around the ceiling and walls of the stairwell. The pilasters are placed between raised panels of Armuralia polished plaster, set as a collapsing weave – a reference to the history of the Company’s seven Halls.
The underside of the stair itself is also finished in Armuralia polished plaster which complements the original leather collar by the Bill Amberg studio. Christopher Burton, Associate at Eric Parry Architects, commenting on the project said “the Leathersellers Hall presented the opportunity to work with and explore materiality, craft and making, to create a series of finely crafted spaces of exquisite quality”.
Armuralia is an exquisite silky smooth polished plaster finish with subtle tonal variations. An entirely natural product made from aged lime putty and crushed Bianco Carrara marble, Armuralia is trowel applied to create smooth or finely textured finishes which resemble polished stone in their appearance, hardness and touch.