Dulux are helping specifiers create aesthetic colour schemes. Drawing on Project Rainbow research from ICI, the University of Reading, the RNIB and the Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Dulux Trade Colour and Contrast Design Guide allows specifiers to address visual contrast elements without compromising on good design. More information can be found by visiting
After attending residents meetings at Elwyn Jones Court and discussing the colour choices with both the residents and Scheme Managers it was decided that we were to use one of the colour schemes on each floor, painting the broad walls on each of the landings off the main staircase in the chosen colour. The contrasting colours were then applied to all end walls and doorway returns. All woodwork was decorated in contrasting gloss paint.
As well as assisting residents with visual impairments, the colours were chosen to give a homely look to corridors and walkways. The pearlessence of the paints giving the walls a different look when viewed from different angles and in different lights.
Painting Foreman, Craig Dainty, who has come through the ranks at Hankinson Brighton, was in charge and is keen to use the Rainbow Project again. He said "The difference is quite remarkable, there are a lot of long corridors that were previously painted completely in magnolia. These corridors now have 3 different colours taking away the sterile look". Of his team of decorators he said "they liked doing it, although there was a lot of cutting in to do, they all agree that the end product is well worth it".
Hankinson Director of Social Housing, David Rosser, visited site and was so impressed that he would like to promote this as a Flagship Project, and is already attaching 'before and after' photographs to quotations from the West Midlands Office. He commented "This is great, it’s a high quality job that gives a bespoke look and homely feel to the place".
On completion of the works to her corridor, one resident commented that the decoration "looked fantastic" and that "Hankinson should be proud of the decorators" who had "made her day each morning" and "had done such a good job" and was looking forward to showing it off to her daughter on her next visit..
James Cryer, Partnership Manager of Mears Brighton, commented “this is a brilliant story and most importantly it seems to have been greatly appreciated by our residents. This is exactly the good news we should be promoting about the Partnership Contract. Well done to everyone involved”.
With great feedback from clients and residents and the project coming in on budget, on time and to such a high quality, Hankinson Brighton are looking forward to using the Rainbow Project on three more schemes across Brighton and Hove and are implementing it on a recently won project for Adur Council.