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RCI May 2014

CLADDING & SHEETING Working in industry Substation cladding NEACO’s Techdek aluminium open grille system is extensively featured at a £6.3 million development in Finnieston, Glasgow, which provides a new 132/33kV substation on behalf of Scottish Power Energy Networks. Designed by Dane Architectural and built by Miller Construction, a large proportion of the new 1,500m2 facility is covered in Techdek aluminium cladding. Mark Benson of Dane Architectural said: “We wanted an aesthetically pleasing façade and NEACO’s product was the most visually impressive and commercially viable choice. The completed installation Zink Copper Stainless looks very smart and NEACO’s technical support was excellent. They were very flexible in providing a design solution which accommodated the structural demands of the building and we would definitely work with NEACO again in future projects of this type.” Techdek’s aluminium open grille profiles are suitable for a range of alternative applications, including decking, ventilation, bridge cycle and pedestrian ways, flooring, staging, balustrade infills and stair treads. The system also has a patented swage-locked construction between bars which enables high structural efficiency. www.neaco.co.uk Architectural Profiles says its APL StrongBak structural wall framing system comes into its own when used on large industrial projects. The company says that when speed of construction is critical, requiring high levels of efficiency and low cost solutions, APL Strongbak provides a versatile and robust framework. The system can accommodate the widest variety of external cladding options and has a life expectancy that exceeds the primary life of the building. An example of the system in action is the huge boiler house for the Biomass Power Station at Blackburn Meadows, Sheffield, recently completed by Hertel Technical Services (pictured). The black external cladding is being installed over the APL Tritherm spacer system, which in turn is fixed to the APL StrongBak structural wall framing system. This combination of products and systems forms an APL Slimwall construction. APL says it is confident that no other proprietary system can achieve weather cover and air seal faster than its Slimwall system. It has been assessed in an independent report by Building Sciences to save up to 45% on carbon emissions and 28% on annual energy consumption. www.archprof.co.uk The Biomass Power Station in Sheffield showing external cladding being installed over an APL StrongBak Structural Wall Framing System 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk


RCI May 2014
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