Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction Limited
Architect: Bond Bryan Architects
System: Optima TFC, TFC Perforated and Bespoke Cassette Panels
Material / Finish: 4mm Alucobond plus ACM NaturAl Brushed 400, 2mm Corten Steel and Aluminium PPC RAL: 8012, Pantone 229 and Pantone 215c
Installer: Horbury Building Systems Ltd
Specified by Bond Bryan Architects the development sought to respond to the historical significance of the site whilst creating a modern and contemporary facility for the University.
The top of the building includes a unique roofscape and roof garden to reflect the historical significance of the site and take advantage of Sheffield topography.
Sotech worked very closely with Horbury Building Systems Ltd to accommodate the client brief particularly around the perforated corten screens. Over 1100m2 of 2mm corten steel rainscreen cladding cassettes and bespoke perforation screens were supplied to the project, along with 200m2 of Alucobond Soffits to the main entrance area.
The ppc colours of the unique aluminium feature pods were selected to create the dramatic contrast between the pantone colour and the corten.
The building also features reveals and soffits, a solar voltaic support frame visible through the rainscreen and the copings to the glass and brick façades.
The saw toothed soffits and fascia’s were provided in the university corporate colours to enhance the identity of the project.
Corten is a self-protecting material, the rust layer on the surface becomes a tight oxide layer that slows down the progress of corrosion. The material weathers to a natural brown colour which darkens gradually, the corrosion process usually takes 18-36 months.