Ash & Lacy’s Ashtech – the versatile solution for car parks
Ashtech rainscreen cladding has been increasingly specified on a number of car park projects across the UK over the last few years. The combination of aesthetic qualities, ease of use and versatility make Ashtech the ideal solution to meet both the technical and visual requirements of a car park building. Ash & Lacy’s in-house design team can produce bespoke size and shape panels and even develop special extrusions to meet the project specifications.
This was the case with a recent multi storey car park project in Luton for National Rail Networks. Specified by Seymour Harris Architecture and installed by Gable (UK) Ltd, Ash & Lacy provided perforated Ashtech for a unique specification which required Ash & Lacy to design a special extrusion for the panels. The perforated panels meet the required standards for car park ventilation while still maintaining a degree of rain screening. The overall exterior finish provides an aesthetically pleasing package.
Eastside car park, part of ‘Birmingham’s Big City Plan’ regeneration scheme, is currently being constructed adjacent to Birmingham’s Millennium Point and illustrates another aspect of design innovation which can be achieved using Ashtech panels. Designed by Urban Design – Birmingham City Council’s in-house design team and managed by Thomas Vale Construction Ltd, approximately 1900m² Ashtech panels have been used in a 3-D geometric layout. Due to limited space at Eastside, the framework and panels were pre-fabricated at Ash & Lacy’s own facility in West Bromwich and supplied to site pre-assembled and ready to be fitted by façade and barrier contractors, Berry Systems.
Both car parks are very different in design and display two of the many design possibilities which can be achieved using Ashtech. Ash & Lacy’s technical support team can assist specifiers from concept stages right the way through to installation. Ashtech panels are available in a variety of colours and finishes and horizontal or vertical joint arrangements and can be supplied curved or flat. The addition of the Ashcolit Suite of linear support systems to Ash & Lacy’s portfolio has now opened up a new world of even more innovative rainscreen cladding options.