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Decorating contractor Lucas has developed a surface coating for buildings which reduces the harmful gases in the air.
The company, which has completed fit-outs of the Olympic Park and the Shard, launched the protective treatment this year.
Lucas Breath cuts nitrous oxide pollution from traffic and resists the surface growth of mould, killing airborne spores and allergens which cause asthma and breathing problems. It has big potential for towns and cities. London breached its annual air pollution limits five days into 2017.
Chairman and managing director Danny Lucas said: “Pollution is reaching levels which are damaging to the human body and can cause cancer, breathing difficulties and early death.
“It’s a nasty thing. The Lucas Breathe innovation is about legality, sustainability and clean air.”
The transparent treatment, which can be applied externally to brickwork and shopping centres, took three years to develop and was independently tested by Queen’s University.
It is the latest in a series of innovations developed by Lucas, which was made a technology partner of the McLaren F1 team in 2011, a year after completing a production centre in Woking for the racing giant.
It opened its own technology centre the same year. Its innovations include the ProFinish paintbrush launched in 2014, which Mr Lucas describes as “the best brush in the world”.
Its design “advances the flow and application of the paint across the work surface to give the best quality brush finish”.
Mr Lucas said: “We are always coming up with new things and sometimes we stumble across technology that has an application in the real world. We have this spread of enthusiasm in the company which is quite infectious.
“We are always trying to create new things and move forward.
“We really are a company that is pushing the boundaries of sustainability and doing things better environmentally.”