The new £23 million Weston Tower features 500 leaded windows and every window frame is protected with the company's Interpon powder coatings. The tower provides staircase and lift access to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries, located in an area which has never been open to the public before.
"As the undisputed leader in powder coatings, we are very proud to have contributed to such a significant project, which is integral to the history of the UK," said Tomasz Kluczewski, regional director North Europe for AkzoNobel Powder Coatings.
"The views are breathtaking; space astonishing; the displays fascinating. Visitors can now gain far greater insight into the life and history of the abbey than ever before,” said the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, dean of Westminster.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries were officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen earlier this summer. The exhibition space displays more than 300 precious regal and religious artifacts, many of which are on show for the first time.
The galleries are located in the medieval Triforium – an area 16 meters (52 feet) above the abbey's floor, which has lain unused for centuries. Access is via the new tower, which was designed by Ptolemy Dean Architects. Its window frames are coated with the company's Interpon D2525 Anodic Bronze finish and BPP600 barrier primer, which provide a perfect color match and long-lasting protection.