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Christina Miller

2200m2 Optima TFC+ 3.0mm in Aluminium Luxe Coat has been used in the reclad of the Christina Miller Building and the Alexander Graham Bell Building within The King’s Buildings of Edinburgh University. The buildings were reclad to provide an A1 rated finish.

Christina Miller

Alexander Graham Bell Building - Edinburgh University

Euroclass A1 materials are non-combustible materials, ideal for façade cladding on high-rise buildings. The Euroclass A1 fire rating is considered one of the strictest fire protection standards for building materials in the world.

The King’s Buildings is the main campus of the College of Science and Engineering of the University of Edinburgh. The King’s Buildings takes its name from King George V who laid the foundation stone of the first building in 1920.

The Christina Miller Building:

Christina Miller

Christina Miller

Christina Miller

The Alexander Graham Bell Building:


Jamie Brown, Business Development Manager of Sotech said: “Recladding a building to ensure it is A1 rated also provides an opportunity to update the look and feel of the building. Pre-coat material is very durable, providing a long-lasting solution for building elements. It will also result in reduced maintenance costs and longer life span for the structure.”

Sotech is proud to have a full range of A1 and A2 materials available, and is able to offer true A1 systems, complete with mechanical fixings in place of adhesive. You can find out more about the options available using our quick reference guide to fire testing.

What are the benefits of Pre-paint material:

Pre-coat aluminium can offer several benefits that enhances the performance, durability, and aesthetics of aluminium surfaces.

Some advantages include:

Corrosion Resistance: Pre-coat provides a protective layer that helps shield aluminium from corrosion caused by exposure to moisture and other environmental factors.

Aesthetic Enhancement: Pre-coat provides flexibility in design and customisation as it is available in a variety of gloss levels, textures and colours including, metallic effect, textured which can replicate stone, effects which can create a subtle colour shift in different lighting conditions and natural and wood appearance.

Durability: Pre-coat finish can enhance the overall durability of an aluminium surface, making them more resistant to scratches and general wear and tear.

UV Protection: The paint coating can act as a barrier against UK rays, preventing the aluminium from fading.

Consistent Finish: Pre-paint provides a consistent and uniform finish across the entire aluminium surface.

Environmental: Some pre-coats use environmentally friendly coating and adhere to eco-friendly practices.

Contact Sotech for more advice and information on the Optima Range of rainscreen or information on pre-coat material.

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