New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

Project: New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

EQUITONE [natura] has helped create a striking futuristic facade on the £16 million BREEAM ‘Excellent' rated Pathology building at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

The fibre cement material creates a tactile, smooth surface that allows the natural variegation of the fibre cement finish to be seen through the semi-translucent coating. This contemporary architectural aesthetic was also felt to complement the glass curtain walling used around the stairwell on the South elevation of the new pathology building.

David Holt, Director at Keppie Design, said: "We specified a fibre cement facade for the new pathology building to create a uniform, matt finish appearance in a dark colour to contrast with the existing surrounding buildings and make a visual statement.”

He added: “The material met with the team’s environmental performance standards as well as creating a striking contemporary facade. The rainscreen facade was very easy to specify and we found the help provided by the Marley Eternit’s commercial team and availability of colour samples extremely useful.”

The fibre cement facade panels are fixed to an aluminium support framework using a structural adhesive which helped retain the visual purity of the fibre cement panels by creating a sheer, smooth facade.

The facade design incorporates 100mm of rainscreen insulation and the walls achieve a U value of around 0.2 W/m2K.