About This Project

Manchester University


Architect: Shepard Robson
Main Contractor: Wates Construction
Installer: Glass Solutions Limited
SystemOptima FC Secret Fix Rainscreen Cladding
Location: Manchester



The existing 1960’s refectory building was retained, resulting in carbon and cost savings through the incorporation of the original long-span structure into the new building. Cost and environmental benefits were also optimised with the specification of Sotech-Optima FC Eco rainscreen cladding. The Eco variant of the FC offers a simpler and more economical rail carrier system for the fully recyclable flat aluminium panels.


Manchester University

A key design feature was the introduction of visually recessed ribbon glazing set within 1500sqm of Sotech Optima FC anodised aluminium rainscreen panels.


Manchester Uni Rainscreen

The recessed effect is achieved by incorporating a specially designed deep rail carrier system to the primary structure enabling the rainscreen to be projected 400mm forward of the windows, which although in line with the primary structure, appear to be recessed. To provide a totally uninterrupted 50mm shadowgap, a bespoke cap designed and manufactured by Sotech was installed between the panels concealing the sub-structure and creating a striking linear effect to the façade.


Manchester University Rainscreen Cladding


Aluminium, Anodised, Manchester, North West, FC Secret Fix, All Case Studies, Education