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Collaborative Teaching Laboratory, Birmingham University

1400 sqm of the unique Sotech Optima Shingle System has been used on the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory, Birmingham University. The shingles were Anodised Regency Gold 2, 2.5 & 3, the finish was selected to create a scaled texture, which can be seen in the project photography.

This stunning façade had to be flexible enough to accommodate the practical demands of a modern building.

Due to a requirement to ventilate the high level plantroom, the shingles in this area were perforated and fixed to a bespoke support grid, which integrates seamlessly with the surrounding cladding.

To ensure the outcome met the brief, and to ensure 100% accuracy on site, Sotech manufactured mockups and specific lay direction simulations to test formed corners.

The new purpose-built facility represents an investment of over £40 million in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at the University.

Sotech is proud to have been involved in such a striking and important project.


Location: Birmingham

Installer: MAC Roofing & Cladding

Main Contractor: Morgan Sindall

Architect: Sheppard Robson Architects

System: Optima Shingle 

Material: Anodised Regency Gold

Sector: Educational

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