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NIA Barclaycard Arena - Copper Shingles

Sotech were engaged by BAM to produce over 1100 square meters (9700 individual parts) of Copper Shingles in the refurb of The NIA.

Now renamed the Barclaycard Arena, this is one of the busiest, large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in Europe.

Work on the £26m redevelopment of Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena (NIA) commenced in June 2013 with full backing by Birmingham City Council as part of their ‘Big City’ Plan.

The modernisation of the NIA took advantage of its unique location on the city’s canal side: the most dramatic element is the new glass-fronted façade offset by the Sotech’s striking copper shingles which created a dynamic arrival for visitors and adding 5,926 m² of pre/post show space into the 13,437 m² of the redevelopment. Iconic ‘Sky Needles’ on top of the NIA also added to the skyline of Birmingham and light up at night.

The versatility and maintenance-free nature of copper makes it a natural and superior choice.  TECU® copper alloys provide stunning effects, colours, quality and texture as well as providing complete protection against the harshest of elements.

NIA Barclaycard Arena - Copper Shingles

Another advantage of choosing copper is the fact that it can be completely recycled making it an outstanding choice of material for roofing and façade cladding.

To find out more about our projects, and see our systems and finishes up close, you can visit our showroom and learning zone – which is open to installers and architects alike.

Call one of our technical team on 0191 587 9213, or email

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