Designing for impact, day and night

Designing for impact, day and night

The Victoria shopping centre, Nottingham needed a dynamic new look and feel to help it attract more customers. Maximising natural light in the centre during the day, and making it a vibrant landmark at night, Danpalon® BRV polycarbonate cladding was used for a stunning new facade.

Built in the early 70’s, the Victoria Shopping Centre is a landmark building located in the heart of the busy city of Nottingham. The owners, intu engaged with Leslie Jones Architects to completely refurbish the existing building façade.

Located in a prominent city centre location and offering long views from multiple approach roads, the building required a façade treatment that would continue to allow a high level of natural light through to the centre in the daytime and present an aesthetic design that would be equally effective during the night. To meet the design challenge, the architects selected the Danpalon® BRV translucent polycarbonate cladding system.

During the day the pure ‘ice’ coloured Danpalon® panels present a bright and crisp contemporary look, while at night, the use of coloured LED backlighting animates the centre, making it a vibrant and highly visible landmark. Danpalon®’s unique double-notch connector and wall bracket fixings enabled panels to be sized and oriented to achieve specific aesthetic effects. And to ensure even LED backlight distribution across the larger panels, Everlite Concept’s Softlite finish was applied.

The ultra-lightweight nature of the Danpalon® cladding meant that the new façade could be installed without affecting any great change to the existing building structure, helping to optimise overall project costs. Simon Brown of Leslie Jones Architects said, “Aesthetically, the building is even more impressive than the study phase suggested it would be. The finished appearance is really very crisp and works just as effectively at night as it does during the day.”

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