About This Project

NIA, Birmingham


Main Contractor: BAM Construction
Architect: Broadway Malyan
System: Optima Shingles
Material: 0.7mm TECU Classic
Installer: BAM Construction
Location: Birmingham


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.


NIA Barclaycard Arena - Copper Shingles


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.


NIA Barclaycard Arena - Copper Shingles


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.


NIA Barclaycard Arena - Copper Shingles


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 Birmingham

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.

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