Case Study

ThistlePro Magnetic plaster specified in transformative Channel 4 Restoration Man project

Our ThistlePro Magnetic plaster was featured on Channel 4’s Restoration Man after it helped to transform a former WWII RAF Bunker into a family home and guest house for a local family in Nottinghamshire

Making history

This Nottinghamshire building was operational during World War II as the primary unit that controlled information from the Norfolk and Welsh coast. Before the renovation took place, the bunker housed a former railway station, parts of which have been given a preservation order to protect fossilised ferns which date back hundreds of years.

During the process of designing the building and seeking planning permission for the historial project, the unusual development attracted interest from producers of the Channel 4 television programme, Restoration Man, which is presented by architect George Clarke and followed the project throughout.

Using the right materials in the right way

The bunker, which included living space for the Brown family, and an adjacent bed and breakfast for guests, required a range of efficient products and innovative solutions to create an interior as distinctive as the building’s history.

After discovering one of our more recent product innovations, the owners opted for ThistlePro Magnetic plaster in the reception, kitchen, bedrooms and gym areas of the house.

ThistlePro Magnetic is applied in the same way as standard skim finish plaster to achieve a smooth, durable magnetic base for the application of decorative wall finishes thanks to its exceptional fixing capabilities.

The plaster was specified for one wall in the kitchen to transform it into a notice board, which removed the need to hang a whiteboard and impose on the interior design of the space, as well as being used in the children’s bedroom to create an interactive play area.

Property owner, Jamie Brown, said: “The ThistlePro magnetic plaster has been a great addition in the kids’ bedroom as it has given them the freedom to get creative by interacting with the surfaces around them. The children can enjoy having pictures and magnets on the wall, without us having to use nails and other fittings that can damage the finish, making this option a more sustainable solution.” Maximising efficiency In the guest house, ThistlePro Magnetic plaster was specified in the reception area and gym to maximise the space for visitors. Jamie added: “A lot of thought has gone into the decor in each room and so the last thing we wanted to do was add unnecessary clutter, such as notice boards. As with all guest houses, there are often notices and posters that we need to put up to inform our visitors of important information. With our new ThistlePro magnetic walls, we can display information wherever we need, without needing to maintain the notice boards and affect the aesthetics.”

The versatile ThistlePro Magnetic plaster was specified to change the perception of the walls from simple inactive space dividers into interactive surfaces that add value to a home and create a great place to rest, play and enjoy.

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Project name
RAF shelter
Building type
Retrofit & Refurbishment