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Flexcrete renovates Portsmouth landmark ahead of America's Cup race
07 Jul 2016 . BY Kate Corney
The iconic 170-metre Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, UK, has been painted and polished in time for the America’s Cup yacht race.

The Tower was painted in Flexcrete’s Monodex Smooth coating in blue and white ahead of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

Emirates’ metallic gold colour covers a large central section of the Tower.

Flexcrete created Monodex Metallic for the project, what it calls 'the world’s first metallic anti-carbonation coating'. Monodex Metallic is also suitable for indoor use.

The repaint was carried out as part of a £3.5 million five-year naming rights partnership between Portsmouth City Council and Dubai-based Emirates Airline.

The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a visitor and educational attraction which soars 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour, taller than the London Eye and visible from 23 miles away.

Originally a Millennium Project, the Tower was built as the centrepiece of the Renaissance of Portsmouth Harbour Project.

Designed by HGP Architects, engineering consultants Scott Wilson and built by Mowlem, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower has a distinctive sail design reflecting Portsmouth’s maritime heritage. There are three viewing decks offering 350° panoramic views across the city, harbour, sea and coastline.

Monodex Smooth is a water-based, high build, elastomeric, decorative coating which was specified due to its protective properties, fast curing nature and ease of application by brush, roller or airless spray, applied by specialist access contractors The Abseilers Limited with brush and roller while using roped access equipment and techniques.

Since the Emirates Spinnaker Tower was first opened in 2005, it has received over 3m visitors. With a highly complex structure and design, the Tower is founded on 84 reinforced concrete piles, the longest of which runs 50m into the sea bed.

What engineers described as a concrete ‘cake tin’ was then built on top and more concrete was pumped into this to form its solid base above the water level. The foundations support the weight of the Tower and provide a buffer against any accidental impact from vessels.

The Tower’s legs were built using a ‘slip forming’ method which involved pouring 11,000 cubic metres of concrete in a continuously moving form.

The total weight of the Tower exceeds 30,000 tonnes; the 27m spire weighs 14 tonnes and was lifted into place by crane and 1,200 tonnes of structural steel was used to form the Tower’s distinctive bows.
PRODUCT NEWS
New travel-size Spongellé buffers help guests create spa experience at home or on-the-go
BY Megan Whitby | 25 Nov 2022
Spongellé founder and CEO Elaine Binder – an internationally trained perfumer – has expanded her company’s collection of fragrant body wash-infused buffers.
BC SoftWear secures deal with Qatari distributor Iris Be You Beauty Trading
BY Megan Whitby | 24 Nov 2022
Spa and hotel textiles supplier BC SoftWear has entered a new partnership with Iris Be You Beauty Trading in Qatar.
AromaPrime releases most popular scents
BY Tim Nash | 24 Nov 2022
Themed scent company AromaPrime has released its top 10 ‘weird and wacky’ smells over the past few years.
de Mamiel introduces bioactiveFatigue Fix serum for stress-induced dullness
BY Megan Whitby | 23 Nov 2022
British spa brand de Mamiel has introduced the Fatigue Fix serum for skin affected by external aggressors such as UV, pollution, poor lifestyle habits and lack of sleep.
Crerar Hotels launches private apprenticeships for budding spa therapists
BY Megan Whitby | 21 Nov 2022
Scottish hotel group Crerar Hotels has unveiled a new spa therapist apprenticeship programme in a bid to help boost recruitment following its ongoing spa investment across its portfolio.
New CryoLounge+ chair offers 'comfortable cold' experience
BY Frances Marcellin | 18 Nov 2022
WellnessSpace Brands, recently rebranded from HydroMassage, has opened pre-orders for its CryoLounge+ chair – a new hot and cold therapy and compression solution for wellness and fitness facilities.
Simworx unveils new cops and robbers ride concept
BY Magali Robathan | 17 Nov 2022
Attractions developer Simworx has teamed up with themed entertainment designers Katapult to design a cops and robbers themed ride concept for Simworx’s Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) Dark Ride.
Alberto Apostoli designs tech-forward Wellness Therapy furniture collection for Varaschin
BY Megan Whitby | 16 Nov 2022
Furniture manufacturer Varaschin has unveiled the new Wellness Therapy range, designed by Italian spa and wellness architect and designer Alberto Apostoli of Studio Apostoli.
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