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Spark Newcastle

1300m2  of Optima XPC in extruded aluminium 6063 T6 Grade has been used in the completion of The Spark commercial office space in Newcastle.

Optima XPC, an aluminium extrusion plank rainscreen system with a flat face, was chosen because it provides a consistent module joint with high impact resistance and flatness.

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The Spark Optima XPC in extruded aluminium

In order to meet the architects unique design, the Sotech team had to modify the standard profile range and provide a bespoke module. An amendment to XPC200 reduced the overall face cover area to a new die – XPC190.

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Both the new die XPC190 and the existing XPC200 can safely interlock together, helping the detailing in this complex format. Fabricated corner planks, often formed from two sections of extrusion, also had to be created for each castellation making it a fabrication intensive build.

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The Spark has been built to support new and existing businesses looking for an inspiring working environment. The BREEAM Excellent building is arranged over 12 floors and includes occupancy accommodation and large, open collaboration spaces.

Optima XPC has set flat face modules of 150mm, 190mm. 200mm, 225mm, and 250mm as well as a 150mm module castellated extruded aluminium plank rainscreen.

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This product can be used as a weathered screen, introducing ventilation at the base of a wall and at the top. Some ventilation can be introduced at the cross-plank joints by leaving a gap with the support structure behind creating a baffle.

Click here to view an interactive 3D model, substructure information and panel sizes. If you have any comments or questions please contact our team and an expert will get back to you as soon as possible.

For a fully immersive virtual reality experience, SOTECHVR allows users to examine complete 3D models of our Optima range, change the rainscreen system to a material/finish of your choice, learn more about fire safety and rainscreen testing.


Neaby projects:

If you plan a trip to Newcastle to view ‘The Spark’, consider visiting these nearby projects:

The Lumin – Flagship office space with bespoke column casings and feature pressings. Details >> 

Science Central – Commercial development in Newcastle, complete in Optima FC secret fix rainscreen panels, anodised in a regency gold 2 finish. Details >>

The View -Student accommodation clad in 2300sqm of Optima TFC, through fix cassette rainscreen cladding. Details >>


Project Details:

Project name: The Spark

Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

Sector: Commercial

Installer: Charles Henshaw & Sons

Main Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine

Architect: Ryder Architecture

System: Optima XPC



If you require advice with design detail, assistance with a specification or to discuss your project in detail contact our technical department who have over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. The team is on hand to provide knowledge and support at every stage of your project.


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