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The Club Grandstand

The new look gives a modern, commercially serious, fresh look with a sense of richness...

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The Club Grandstand at Riccarton Park, Christchurch had not been repainted since it was originally built 30 years ago. It was very grey on grey and with age that look had dulled further. The brief was to ‘spruce it up’ to modern standard and contemporary style.

Working with Resene colours, the Design Team presented two similar options of photoshopped schemes which the clients approved immediately. They loved the new life it gave the building just from the photoshopped schemes. The interiors provided the direction. They had decided to replace the green tartan carpet and upgrade it with a palette of mixed grey floors, crisp white walls and charcoal accent lines to give modern definition with accent colours thrown in to liven.

This set the direction for the exterior, painting the grey walls Resene Double Black White (greyed white) to make them crisper, defining the vertical columns with charcoal/grey using Resene Double Stack (armour grey) and Resene Double Foundry (hot charcoal) for a modern contrast and highlighting the existing column capitals with bold Resene Galliano (sweet yellow).

Initially the project was just to paint finish the earthquake affected works areas. But once the clients saw the change to the parts of the building painted they were keen to continue painting all other areas for maximum impact. The new look gives a modern, commercially serious, fresh look with a sense of richness through the gold highlights worthy of a Racing Club Grandstand.

This project won the Resene Total Colour Commercial Exterior Colour Maestro Award. The judges said: “Salvation by paint and colour, the colour palette highlights the soaring proportions through accentuated vertical lines and careful placement of colour that draws your attention into the design highlights. A clever use of colour to camouflage and to celebrate. This building has been elevated with colour.”

Architectural specifier: Alan Cowie, Design Team
Client: Riccarton Park
Painting contractor: Dyer Decorating Ltd
Winner: Resene Total Colour Commercial Exterior Colour Maestro Award
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2018
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