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Ballarat Hub Bronze Goes for Gold

Ballarat Hub Bronze Goes for Gold

One of the most striking entrants in the Dulux Colour Awards sits amongst the historic streetscapes of Victoria’s gold rush heartland. The new five storey Ballarat GovHub is an innovative mass timber office building, the largest of its kind in Victoria. The zinc-cladded facade is coated in a custom mid-ochre shade with a warm, metallic sheen. Dubbed Ballarat Hub Bronze, this distinct colour is the result of a close collaboration between Daniel McKeown and Rob Crowe from Dulux and Luke Jarvis of John Wardle Architects.

“There was some development work to identify the target colour on the steel plate reveals and marry it up with the structural steel and powdercoated elements on the facade,” Daniel explains. “Our Powder Coating division produced the colour before the final match in wet paint was verified.”

The coating system began with a spray application of Zincanode 402, a two pack epoxy primer for heavy duty corrosion protection. A tie coat of Duremax GPE provided the ideal base for the pigment-rich topcoat in Weathermax HBR MIO. This is a high build polyurethane with micaceous iron oxide particles that overlap in the film to form a barrier against moisture ingress.

Reflecting on the project's success, Luke said, “We were interested in using the final colour selectively through interior elements like the window frames, window reveals and signage, so the finished result needed to blend with a number of materials, be extremely hard wearing and have a quality finish. Dulux was the best option for us as they were able to accommodate our requests and work with us collaboratively to achieve a finish and colour that is very distinctive and settles the building into its surrounding context. The range and depth of expertise at Dulux clearly gives them the advantage and us the confidence to specify without hesitation."

“The colour on the GovHub is terrific, the building is a beacon in the middle of Ballarat and it will be a focal point for locals and visitors for years to come.”

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