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PEMC Nottingham

675m2 of Sotech’s Optima FC in 3.0mm PPC Aluminium 1050 Grade has been used in the completion of the Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) Research Group on Nottingham University’s Jubilee Campus.

Home to three purpose-built labs – High Power, Power Electronics, and Drives – the building was built after PEMC secured investment of £18million, including £1.5m from the Wolfson Foundation and £4m from Propulsion Futures.

PEMC Nottingham

The 5,400m² development is internationally renowned and one of the largest on its field.

PEMC Nottingham

FEA analysis was carried out by Sotech as non-standard sheets were used due to the sheer size of some panels. The purpose was to ensure enough stiffening resistance had been built into the sheets, to ensure the larger panels were safe and compliant.

PEMC Nottingham

The project was completed during the first lockdown (due to Covid 19) meaning operations were paused during the project. Sotech and Deane Roofing worked closely together to keep as tightly as possible to the original timeline.

PEMC Nottingham


Josh Stevens, Estimator at Sotech said: “This was my first project working with Deane Roofing, which was an absolute pleasure. The project ran smoothly from start to finish, and I think the end product looks fantastic.”


Project Details: 

Project name: PEMC Nottingham
Location: Nottingham
Sector: Education
Installer: Deane Roofing
Main Contractor: Woodhead Group
Architect: Bond Bryan

PEMC Nottingham

About Optima FC+:

Optima FC+ is an evolution of the original Optima FC secret fix hook on rainscreen.

Featuring an innovative slide and lock adjustment mechanism, Sotech’s enhanced secret fix hook on rainscreen system now features carrier rail hooks. These hooks can be locked in position on site by installers, rather than in the factory, leading to significantly reduced lead times for all parties.

Its versatility is such that a multitude of materials and thicknesses (from 2.0mm to 4mm) used on one universal carrier. View an interactive 3D model, animation, substructure information and panel sizes using the buttons below.

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