Several Dulux paints, coatings and finishes were specified for the Somerset Indooroopilly retirement living complex in Brisbane to help deliver a luxurious, low maintenance lifestyle to residents for the long-term.

Located in Indooroopilly, Queensland, Somerset Indooroopilly – designed by Cox Architecture for the developer, Aura Holdings – offers 168 beautifully appointed homes within the historic Indooroopilly Golf Club. The complex is set across four five-storey buildings and features two, three and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses with private balconies.

Providing resort-style living to over 60s, Somerset Indooroopilly has multiple rooftop terraces, a communal dining room, library, pool, gymnasium, billiard room, craft room, cellar, cinema and café, as well as underground parking for 260 cars.

Given that Indooroopilly Golf Club was severely affected in Queensland’s January 2011 floods with about 60% of the course inundated, the local council required the complex to meet strict flooding and traffic requirements. In response, the project features some clever design solutions, including a podium that supports the entire structure. The buildings respond to the site’s natural contours, providing expansive views of the golf course and a generous central landscaped area.

The Challenge

Quality, long-lasting products are being used throughout the project to ensure that Somerset Indooroopilly delivers a luxurious, low maintenance lifestyle to residents.

Long-lasting, low-maintenance solutions

Finishes, fixtures and fittings must be high quality and durable, minimising repair and maintenance requirements.

Premium products

Residents want trusted, quality products used in their new homes. As one of Australia and New Zealand’s most recognised brands and with more than 100 years of experience, Dulux products are tried, tested and trusted.

Expert usage advice

The project calls for many different finishes; therefore it’s important that Dulux product experts are on site to ensure correct and effective product use.

Protection and aesthetic appeal

Somerset Indooroopilly uses various protective finishes to guard against weather and other environmental impacts; however this focus must be balanced to provide an attractive space for residents to live.

The Solution

Quality products, beautiful finishes and knowledgeable product experts provided industry-leading construction solutions for stage 1 of the Somerset Indooroopilly project.

Advanced technical support

The Dulux team thoroughly researched the project to arrive at the best combination of solutions to ensure long-lasting protection. Our comprehensive sector knowledge and technical expertise allowed us to support the construction team with usage and specification advice to enable best-in-class solutions.

Attractive and durable solutions

Project solutions needed to be both protective and aesthetically pleasing. Dulux’s construction solutions offer a range of textures, finishes and colours that maintain visual appeal while providing outstanding protection and longevity.

Trusted quality products

Dulux is a respected brand within the construction industry. On a premium project such as Somerset Indooroopilly, it was important to the developers, architects, builders and future residents that the construction products used were trusted and of high quality.

Waste minimisation

Dulux has launched an initiative to help our construction customers reduce waste to landfill. Plastic paint pails are removed from the worksite and recycled into a raw material used to create paint pots and paint trays. Supported by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science as an 18-month trial, this sustainability initiative will reduce both disposal costs and waste to landfill.

Carolyn Cox – Project Manager, Woollam Constructions: “Residents moving into this building will have a maintenance-free lifestyle. All maintenance on the building is undertaken by the client, Aura Holdings. Aura value low maintenance, hardwearing, quality products that can stand the test of time.”

“Dulux products complement this requirement perfectly and have been specified throughout the building because of this. Woollam and our Contract Partners are provided continual support from the Dulux technical team who play an active role in all aspects of coatings, paint, protective systems and render throughout the building.”

Jon Dicks – Senior Development Manager, Aura Holdings: “As a developer and long-term operator, Aura ensures that only tried and tested quality products are used in the construction of their retirement villages to create buildings that last indefinitely and are able to be maintained in an easy and responsible manner.”

“The specification and high quality of Dulux coatings and systems give Aura as an operator the confidence that there will be no short- or long- term failures to interrupt the lifestyle of our residents.
The creation of an architecturally meritorious building, with expansive balconies and podium planters, and the use of various textured coating systems to form the desired aesthetic finish, place a huge demand on coatings and waterproofing systems.

“It became very apparent to the design teams that Dulux was the preferred choice for its quality coating systems and taking into consideration its product research, development and strong warranties. Aura’s decision was based on our need to ensure the long-lasting quality of finish for our building and for Aura and our residents.”

Products Specified:

Dulux Paint

New Fibre Cement Sheet – Interior/Exterior

  • Dulux Professional Total Prep
  • Dulux Weathershield Low Sheen

New Zinc Coated Steel/Galvanised Steel (Commercial) – Exterior

  • Primer – Dulux Precision All Metal Primer
  • Dulux Weathershield Low Sheen

External Downpipe and Spreader – New PVC – Exterior

  • Primer – Dulux Precision Maximum Strength Adhesion Primer
  • Dulux Weathershield Low Sheen

External Seats – New Timber – Exterior/Coastal

  • Primer – Dulux Professional Total Prep
  • Dulux Weathershield Low Sheen

External Soffits and Trellis – New Compressed Fibre Cement Sheet – Exterior

  • Primer – Dulux Acratex Acraprime Water Based
    Dulux Weathershield Matt

Interior Ceiling & Cornices

  • Dulux Professional Acrylic Sealer Undercoat
  • Dulux Professional Enviro2 Ceiling Flat

Interior Doors & Trim

  • Dulux Professional Total Prep
  • Dulux Aquanamel Semi Gloss

Interior Walls – New Cement Render - Blockwork

  • Dulux Professional Enviro2 Interior Acrylic Sealer
  • Undercoat
  • Dulux Professional Enviro2 Interior Flat

Interior Walls General – Fibre Cement Sheet/Fire Resistant Plasterboard/Plasterboard

  • Prep Coat – Dulux Professional Acrylic Sealer Undercoat
  • Dulux Wash&Wear Low Sheen

Interior Walls – Wet Area/Plasterboard

  • Dulux Professional Enviro2 Water Based Sealer Binder
  • Dulux Wash&Wear +Plus Kitchen & Bathroom Semi Gloss

Dulux Powder Coatings

Interior Powder Coating C1C3 Corrosivity Zone – New Aluminium Sheet

  • Dulux Powder Coatings EPrime
  • 2nd Coat – Dulux Powder Coatings Duralloy

Interior/Exterior Aluminium – Powder Coating

  • Dulux Powder Coatings Duratec Zeus

Interior/Exterior Powder Coating

  • Dulux Powder Coatings Electro

Dulux Acratex


  • Dulux Acratex AcraPatch Coarse
  • Dulux Acratex Fastcoat Fine Skimcoat Sand Finish
  • Dulux Acratex 951 Coventry Coarse Sand
  • Dulux Acratex AcraShield Advance

External Cladding – New Fibre Cement Sheet – Exterior

  • Dulux Acratex Acraprime Water Based
  • Dulux Acratex AcraShield Advance Matt
  • External Walls and Parapets – Exterior
  • Dulux Acratex RenderWall 2002 Flat
  • Dulux Acratex Green Render Sealer
  • Dulux Acratex 951 Coventry Fine Sand Finish
  • Dulux Acratex AcraShield Advance

New Concrete (Off Form, Tilt Up, Pre-Cast – Exterior)

  • Dulux Acratex Tiltwash Cleaner
  • Dulux Acratex Acraprime Solvent Based Clear
  • Acratex 968 Elastomeric 201 Matt

Interior Walls Basement – Concrete

  • Dulux Acratex Tiltwash Cleaner
  • Dulux Acratex Acraprime Water Based
  • Dulux Professional Interior/Exterior Acrylic Matt

Dulux Protective Coatings

External Driveway – New Concrete Flooring/Paths – Interior and Exterior

  • Dulux Protective Coatings LUXAFLOOR LGE Semi Gloss

Interior Floors and Ramp – New Concrete Flooring/Paths

  • Dulux Luxafloor Eco2 Low Sheen

Interior Joinery – Dry Environment – New Timber

  • Dulux Luxepoxy 4 White Primer Two Pack Primer
  • Dulux Protective Coatings Luxathane SPX Satin

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