1,200sqm of Sotech’s Optima FC system in 2mm Corten A has been used in the completion of a brand-new purpose-built centre for specialist research in digital railway engineering at the University of Birmingham.
Clad in the distinguished steel Corten material, which weathers over a period of 6-36 months, the material was selected as a direct nod to the rail industry, with the Corten providing the same visual impact as railway lines and track signalling.
Designed by Associated Architects, the Corten material has fully weathered, linking perfectly to the Engineering disciplines the University will deliver.
The building represents the first phase of construction work for a £46.5m School of Engineering development at the University of Birmingham. Procured through the Constructing West Midlands framework, the 3,000m2 facility offers a variety of contemporary and flexible design and research spaces that act as an incubator for innovation, strengthening teaching and building research partnerships.
Open offices, meeting rooms, seminar rooms and event spaces will enable industry partners to come and work directly with University experts and researchers.
Project name: UKRRIN, Birmingham University
Installer: Alucraft Ltd
Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon
Architect: Associated Architects
Corten is a group of steel alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance, with the corrosion process usually taking about 18-36 months.
The anticorrosive properties of weather resistant steel are better than those of other structural steels and the material is self-protecting as the rust layer on the surface becomes a tight oxide layer that slows down the progress of corrosion.
The material reaches a stable oxidation point where further oxidation may occur but does not affect the quality of the steel.
The material is A1 non-combustible, long-lasting and fully recyclable.
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