Innovation Centre, Walsall

Project: Innovation Centre, Walsall

At the new £5.5 million Innovation Centre in Walsall, a champagne-coloured Carea facade has provided an eye-catching, decorative finish to the award-winning, sustainable development whilst also helping it to achieve a Very Good BREEAM rating.

 

Designed by BBLB Architects, and built by main contractor Willmott Dixon as part of the SCAPE framework, the 20,000 sq ft building specialises in health and social wellbeing diplomas. With state-of-the-art facilities, it provides students with a 'real life' healthcare learning environment. 

 

Built using environmentally friendly and sustainable materials, the building’s external façade was completed with the application of the attractive and durable Carea Ardal cladding system.

 

Installed by specialist contractor Simco, the façade features 11mm thick, 1,200mm x 600mm Ardal cladding panels supplied in a Champagne colour to complement the contemporary exterior’s simple palette of materials.

 

The Carea cladding system offers a safe and efficient method of installation as each panel features routed grooves on the top and bottom which fit on to special horizontal rails to provide a precise and totally seamless finish.

 

Manufactured from cutting edge exclusive composite and comprising around 95% natural minerals – the Carea panels also offered the performance benefits required to help the building achieve the ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.


Modern developments are often at the forefront of design and architectural innovation. By utilising Carea’s attractive Ardal cladding at the iconic Innovation Centre, BBLB architects has created a stylish, contemporary development that will look good for many years to come.