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Olympic Stadium

Lucas completed a series of decorations packages at the London 2012 Olympic Stadium on the Olympic Park in East London that began as a general programme of works but expanded into a number of specialist decorating packages. We have in fact worked on and off at the stadium for two and a half years. The general decorations programme during the construction of the stadium took place over 35 weeks and included the application of decorative and special protective finishes to walls, ceilings, floors and staircases to all front and back of house areas throughout the stadium and to the podium level that surrounds the stadium. We called in our surface treatment adviser who recommended using Muralplast MSP (multisurface paint) to the architects Populous and contractor Sir Robert McAlpine for “blacking out” purposes to hide all the high level elements in the ceiling voids in the stadium’s VIP areas, ensuring that the feature see-through floating ceilings create the right effect. Different surfaces such as ducting, pipework and lagging normally require their own separate pre-treatment before primers and paints are applied. But MSP is a sustainable surface treatment with outstanding adhesive qualities providing an effective cover for all surfaces. There is no need for priming this water-based product and it is flame repellent, meeting class “O” specifications. This element of our work was undertaken safely and swiftly. Our stadium team then went on to develop and apply a bespoke non-trip painted nosing on every step and stair throughout the stadium, all 30,000 of them, and then stencilled a durable, non-slip number for every row of seats. We returned to the stadium after construction was completed, but this time for the organising committee, LOCOG, to dress and brand the stadium specifically for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the fitting out phase. We decorated numerous temporary toilet blocks erected around the circumference of the stadium at the podium level in a kaleidoscope of coloured themes for the Games. We also decorated a number of specially created back-of-house areas in this fit out phase including the ceremonies room and the medical centre. An Olympian task completed on time.