Composite panels from Eurobond were chosen for The Sheffield University Technical College to provide a quality architectural finish while also providing excellent acoustic properties and thermal performance.
A range of product options were assessed, with Eurobond's composite panels being selected because of their track record on fire performance, span capability and aesthetics. The products chosen for use on the new university training college were Europanel F5 Extra and Rainspan, because they would ensure a high-quality finish and significantly reduce the building programme.
By using Eurobond composite panels, the structure could be designed around the spanning capabilities of the product, meaning that additional steel work could be kept to a minimum - and this played a key role in reducing costs and speeding up the project.
The composite panels needed to be installed to a high accuracy to replicate and support a rainscreen finish, achieved by professional installation by the sub-contractor and supported by Eurobond's technical team that provided technical assistance throughout the project.
The final specification involved a single installation of Europanel manufactured from Colorcoat Prisma® by Tata Steel in Slate Grey and Helios (F5 Extra 200mm V Groove) and Rainspan (a composite panel providing structural support for rainscreen systems) to provide a combination of an impressive finish, completing the project in time and on budget.
The single point installation reduced the time taken to complete the project and kept material costs within budget, as well as making the process easier for the contractor.
By specifying the Europanel F5 Extra V Groove feature, a rainscreen design was achieved providing a clean building exterior through a classic secret fix joint.
To add value to the project, Eurobond provided span calculations, technical support utilising BIM details - ideal for future reference in the event of further development requirements.