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Discovery Quay

3900m2 Optima TFC in PPC Aluminium & 1800m2 Optima FC in Axalta PPC Aluminium have been used in the completion of the 400+ room in Salford’s latest student accommodation project.

The Optima TFC system was proposed to create a ‘basket weave’ pattern to the façade including a mixture of both landscape and portrait lay orientation, visible in the project photos.

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The Optima FC included multi-depth panels to create a 3D effect along with secret fix assembled triangle segments to further emphasize the projection.

When you stand back from the building, you can see the two separate towers seem to connect ‘through’ each other.

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The expert team at Sotech worked closely with Britplas Facades and their team of specialists to design the unique façade, ensuring it was both viable and achievable to the installation programme. As a team, we developed a method to secret fix the triangular sections onto standard panels at our fabrication facility, to reduce the quantity of parts the installer would have to handle.

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No additional testing was required for the project as Optima TFC and Optima FC have been extensively tested and are approved by CWCT and have been tested to BS8414-2 (compliant to BR135).

Jamie Brown, Estimating Manager at Sotech said: “This is a truly unique, vibrant and striking building. It was a real pleasure to have been involved in this scheme from concept to completion working closely with our supply chain partner, Britplas Facades, to develop a solution that ticked all the boxes – cost, programme and exceptional quality.”

Discovery Quays includes 404 student bedrooms over 10,325 sqft in two blocks. The finished building also provides a coffee shop, library, lounge, media wall, gaming area and a stunning double-story reception.

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To find out more about how the expert team at Sotech can assist in your next rainscreen cladding project, click here.

Location: Salford

Sector: Student Accommodation

Installer: Britplas Facades

Main Contractor: Create Construction

Architect: KKA Architecture

Click here to view an interactive 3D model, substructure information and panel sizes. If you have any comments or questions please contact our team and an expert will get back to you as soon as possible.

For a fully immersive virtual reality experience, SOTECHVR allows users to examine complete 3D models of our Optima range, change the rainscreen system to a material/finish of your choice, learn more about fire safety and rainscreen testing.



If you require advice with design detail, assistance with a specification or to discuss your project in detail contact our technical department who have over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. The team is on hand to provide knowledge and support at every stage of your project.

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