Martin Mere

Thanks to a generous donation of Sadolin woodcare products from Crown Paints, a stunning new timber clad cafe at one of the North West’s most important wildlife centres and best loved visitor attractions has been decorated to complement its surroundings and was given much needed protection from the elements in time for the winter.

Martin Mere

The new Mere Side cafe at Martin Mere Wetland Centre near Ormskirk in Lancashire opened its doors to the public this winter. Despite a very tight window of opportunity and rapidly deteriorating weather conditions, specialist design and build contractors Rural Accommodations managed to apply two coats of Sadolin Wood Preserver followed by two coats of Classic Wood Protection to all the exposed exterior timber before the temperatures dropped below freezing and the worst of the winter weather arrived.

Keen to support a project which met its sustainability and community development objectives, Crown offered to donate the Sadolin products required to give the cafe exteriors maximum protection and deliver the aesthetic results required. Following site visits from the Crown Decorating Centre manager Antony Owen and discussions with Sadolin technical consultant Sean Thompson, a four-coat system of Sadolin Wood Preserver and Sadolin Classic was specified and supplied.

Using Sadolin Classic was a ‘first’ for Rural Accommodations MD Dave Winchester who builds a wide variety of log cabins and timber chalets for the private residential, leisure and commercial sectors. “In the past I’ve always used my own specially mixed combination of wood preserver, colour and linseed oil to protect the exterior timber. It’s quick and straightforward to apply but the assumption is that the client will regularly maintain the decor. The Sadolin system we used on the cafe is in a different league and is a great solution for clients who need the reassurance of extended redecoration schedules and very low maintenance requirements.”

“We found the Sadolin Wood Preserver very easy to apply and were impressed by the way it soaked deep into the bare wood. The Classic Wood Protection was a higher build product than we’re used to but it was easy to brush out and to achieve a consistent finish. It was a great way to build up the deep mahogany tones without obscuring the natural beauty of the wood, which was what Martin Mere wanted.” Dave concluded: “I can really see the benefits of being able to offer a woodcare system like this to clients who don’t want to have to think about maintenance for several years to come. With such a wide colour range available it’s also ideal for situations where timber has to be colour matched with surrounding buildings. We’ll definitely be using Sadolin again in the future.”