Painters at a West Bromwich decorating firm are celebrating after winning a national award for their work on a shopping centre.
The Roy Hankinson Group were given the nod in the Premier Trophy run by the Painting Decorating Association of Great Britain.
The award-winning work was carried out on the four-storey Bentall shopping centre in Kingston-upon-Thames, which features a vast open gallery covered with a glazed barrel vault.
The 38 metre atrium is bigger than the dome on St Paul's Cathedral, or the nave of Westminster Abbey. The work was carried out by the commercial painting division of Hankinson’s West Midlands office. The company were one of the few decorating firms in the UK thought to be up to the job.
Hankinson operations manager Michael Spencer said the job had not been easy.
“We needed tradesmen fully trained in the use of special access equipment, and to make things even more challenging, all the work had to be carried out at night,” he said. “Customers were to be kept blissfully unaware that a major redecoration project was underway.”
Group chief executive Stephen Hankinson welcomed the award, adding: “The standard in the competition was exceptionally high and we were visited and vetted by a judging panel, so for our work to be recognised represents the ultimate accolade in the profession for any decorating company.
“Special credit must go to everybody involved in this contract and in particular we should recognise the skills of our tradesmen.
Hankinson, which was founded in 1975, employs about 200 people and has a turnover of more than £10 million.