The memorial centre has been built to reflect the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and to serve as both a tourist attraction as well as a vital space for the inner city Durban area, providing commemorative, educational, historical and heritage benefits.
Designed as a modest structure, the memorial is however also intended to be a vibrant and lively space for both local community members and tourists. The interior design scheme needed to convey this ethos and therefore a bright, exciting orange, the same as the colour on the Indian flag, was chosen for many of the building’s surfaces and furnishings.
150m2 of Peran SL Fruity in Tangerine was installed in the memorial centre to create a floor with the required colour that would simultaneously provide a reliable and long lasting finish. The glossy, self smoothing epoxy resin floor finish was applied in main rooms and corridors as well as the kitchen area and toilet facilities.
The centre has been designed as a minimum maintenance structure in order to reduce long-term maintenance and operational costs. The seamless and easy to clean nature of Peran SL was therefore ideal, as the fact that it can be quickly washed helps to keep the floor area looking fresh and unblemished without requiring an intensive cleaning regime.
It was imperative that the colour and seamless finish wouldn’t deteriorate in the face of constant foot traffic, drink and food spillages, cleaning and impacts from dropped items. Peran SL’s durability means that the centre’s operators could rest assured that the floor would retain its aesthetics and functionality for an extended period of time, avoiding the need for frequent repairs or an early refurbishment.