Formed in 2007, the Francis Crick Institute is a partnership between six of the world’s leading biomedical research organisations – the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.
In 2010 they commenced planning for their state-of-the-art building in St Pancras, London. This building included 4 basement levels of laboratories, that required the application of hygienic and anti-microbial paint coatings. The coatings had to provide the highest levels of durability, hygiene and maintainability but also the strength to be able to pass the intense integrity testing carried out in every laboratory, to ensure complete air tightness. This included 6 coat systems with 2 layers of fibreglass imbedded into the paint coating.
Cousins were awarded the hygiene coatings package at The Crick as we were one of only a handful of decorating contractors that could deliver a £1.6 Million pound contract to the programme required. However, it was even more essential that the contractor chosen had experience of hygiene coatings, and also employed a quality management system to ensure the works were completed exactly in accordance with technical specifications. Cousins have maintained an ISO9001 QMS system since 2001.