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Section of building of Barclaycard Transformation

Optima Shingles manufactured by Sotech to form part of the Barclaycard Arena transformation

Sotech have provided over 9500no Copper Shingles to the new Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, in a renovation that has cost £26 million over the last 2 years.

The Optima Shingle system was manufactured from 0.7mm material, using a special 2-layer Fluoropolymer coating system which preserves the original copper look and offers the façade more depth and shine.

Part of Birmingham City Council’s ‘Big City’ Plan, the venue previously known as the National Indoor Arena (or NIA) has been redeveloped to help position Birmingham as the UK’s second city.

Improving customer experience has been at the heart of the arena’s transformation, and the redevelopment was initiated as a direct response to customer feedback.

The most notable aspect of the newly designed arena is a new glass façade juxtaposed with Sotech’s striking copper shingles, which overlooks the canal side of the building and is fast becoming an iconic focal point in the city itself.

The NIA has become one of the busiest large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in Europe since it opened in 1991, and attracts up to a million visitors a year, and it has recently undergone such a dramatic renovation and increase in size of almost 6000m2 in order to maintain that world class status.

The new Barclaycard Arena officially reopened on December 2nd.

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