Rainscreen cladding panels by Steni UK were specified for an award-winning £60million student accommodation project at Nottingham Trent University for their lightweight and aesthetics.
Some 3,750m2 of Steni Colour high-gloss white fibreglass reinforced polymer composite panels picture frame the upper elevations of three blocks of accommodation of various storeys.
Architects Church Lukas' brief was to provide a unique and exciting student environment with an exceptional accommodation product, delivered to exemplar design quality. Both the client (the university) and the developer UPP (Universities Partnerships Programme) expected a gateway statement for the City site, to provide students with a social facility in balance with the academic quality of the university.
The Steni Colour panels, with a smooth surface of 100% acrylic that is electron beam cured without the use of solvents, were installed for main contractor Vinci Construction by rainscreen sub-contractor Horbury Building Systems who were on site for nine months, fixing the system to an aluminium sub-frame using structural adhesive.
Church Lukas director John Freeman said: "We specified the Steni Colour because the design of the building required that a lightweight glossy product be used which projected a visual quality not present in other products. It provides a visual highlight to all of the upper-floor elevations.
"It forms part of the overall rainscreen cladding system but as the picture-frame is a stand-alone detail the interface junctions could be kept simple and crisp which reinforced the quality of the architecture."
Steps taken during the construction phase to reduce the environmental impact included the prefabricated structural framing system for all the residential accommodation which reduced the programme on site and the extent of material deliveries usually associated with built-up solutions as well as pre-finished bathroom pods.