Specifier: Weightman & Bullen
Main contractor: Mowlem Building
Contractor: Unique Industrial Roofing
Type of works: Installation of Ashzip standing-seam roofing system providing a high-performance roof whilst creating the feeling of movement, to a purpose-built complex on a 5 acre site.
A prestigious new addition to Birminghams landmark buildings has been finished with a roof which demonstrates the versatility of Ash & Lacys Ashzip standing-seam roof system.
The £17 million Elmhurst Ballet School has relocated to its new Midlands home from Camberley in Surrey, to act as a feeder school for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, which itself moved to the city in 1990. At its new five acre Greenfield site in Edgbaston, Elmhurst; the UKs oldest dance school, features a purpose-built complex, complete with new academic facilities, a 240 seat studio theatre, seven large dance studios, an exercise centre, a theatre workshop and on-site boarding accommodation for up to 120 pupils.
Some 5,000m2 of Ash & Lacys Ashzip roofing provides a fitting finish for a significant addition to Birminghams architectural landscape. The Alaska Grey finish of the 0.9mm aluminium standing-seam panels provides a striking contrast to the buildings traditional brickwork. On two of the complexs blocks, straight Ashzip panels were installed but the use of different combinations of straight and tapered sheets, the latter in varying widths, on the North and South wings, demonstrates the versatility of Ashzip in creating specific shapes. A crescent-shaped roof provides a dramatic feature for the buildings entrance, complete with overhangs to offer shelter to side stairwells, while a different configuration of straight and tapered sheets was also used to create a dagger-shaped roof structure. As the schools prospectus proclaims, 'the building is a statement in itself and movement has inspired and shaped the design with school life moving, vertically and horizontally, around a central focus; the dance theatre.'
The Ashzip system and the Ashgrid spacer-support system which forms an integral part of the Ashzip standing-seam roofing package, was a central feature in creating the feeling of movement, providing the flexibility to achieve the desired aesthetics and high performance required.