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Zink CLADDING & SHEETING 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk Halifax’s Grade II listed Square Chapel Centre for Arts has undergone a £6.6 million extension and improvement programme using Proteus rainscreen panels and KME TECU materials. Proteus HR TECU Classic rainscreen cladding was used for the exterior façade of the new extension, which sits alongside the original building and more than doubles the size of the arts centre. The Proteus HR system features an aluminium honeycomb core structurally bonded between two thin gauges of metal, which in the case of the rainscreen panels at Square Chapel were TECU Classic copper. The honeycomb core of the Proteus HR system creates a lightweight, strong and optically flat surface. This enabled the designers, Evans Vettori Architects, to elongate the façade panels, accentuating the cubic shape of the new extension and complementing the skyward reaching Square Church spire beyond. Proteus TECU OXID HR and SC panels were used for internal cladding around the catering area and lift shafts. The material was selected because it is pre-oxidised, giving it an attractive and engaging surface from the moment it is installed. Gradual changes to the TECU Classic rainscreen cladding panels as the copper material oxides with the effect of wind, rain and sunlight, will create striking and attractive colour variations. Eventually, the natural tones created by this process will complement the Proteus OXID preoxided Aberdeen academy scores high marks 048 DECEMBER 2017 RCIMAG.COM panels used inside. Ultimately, this oxidation process will result in the exterior rainscreen façade matching the Proteus OXID HR and SC panels used for the internal areas. This fusion between the two elements will blur the boundaries between where the outside ends and the inside begins, drawing visitors into the arts centre. The Proteus SC perforated panels used internally add to the aesthetic created by the preoxidised material. Robert Evans, director at Evans Vettori Architects, said: “We specified TECU material from Proteus because we were looking for a rainscreen façade that would give the new extension its own distinct identity, whilst at the same time harmonising with the existing historic buildings. In a worldrenowned location such as this, with the Grade I Piece Hall on one side and existing Grade II Square Chapel, that was quite a challenge.” Robert added: “We liked the fact that Proteus was able to supply both the rainscreen façade and internal cladding elements using TECU material. Overall it has helped create a striking aesthetic and one that will change and evolve just like the buildings on site have done over the years.” www.proteusfacades.com Copper cladding blurs the boundaries between inside and out Copper Stainless The construction of a new £44 million secondary school in Aberdeen will incorporate the Frametite air barrier system from the A. Proctor Group. Designed by JM Architects, ‘Lochside Academy’ will provide impressive educational facilities for 1,350 pupils in the south of Aberdeen. The school will feature a three-storey teaching block with rooftop art studio, a sports block with 25m swimming pool and a single storey wing available for a variety of uses. Main contractor Balfour Beatty required a high-quality air tightness membrane and, in conjunction with sub-contractor A & E Construction Falkirk, chose the Frametite System as an external air barrier as opposed to an internal air barrier system.The Frametite System comprises Frametite, a low-resistance vapour permeable air barrier for walls, plus Wraptite Tape. This approach saves on both the labour and material costs associated with achieving the demands of energy efficiency in buildings. Unlike internal air barriers, which can be complex and costly to install due to the need to accommodate building services such as electrical, lighting, heating and drainage systems, positioning an air barrier on the outside of the building simplifies the process of maintaining the envelope’s integrity, as there are less building services and structural penetrations to be sealed. By reducing the likelihood of potential failures to meet designed airtightness levels, the Frametite System helps ensure “as-designed” performance, narrowing the performance gap between as-designed and actual energy performance. www.proctorgroup.com roofzine The weekly newsletter for the roofing, cladding & insulation industries The weekly e-zine for the roofing industry. Roofzine for all editorial contributions covering: News Cladding & Sheeting Insulation Pitched Roofing Flexible Systems Safety & Access Appointments/Recruitment Trade Association News Roof Lights & Roof Vents Fixings & Fasteners Green Roofs Solar Rainwater and much more! Register now, for your FREE weekly ROOFZINE to make sure you are kept up to date with all the latest news in your industry. www.roofzine.co.uk FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF MAGAZINE


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