Benchmark takes control of the sky

The striking aesthetics of Benchmarks metallic façades and premium insulated panel products made them the ideal choice for the construction of the new landmark £6m Air Traffic Control centre at Jersey Airport which acts as the main gateway to the Channel Islands.

Local builders AC Mauger installed 850m2 of Optimo in Spectrum Silver on the two storey main operations building which is linked at both levels to the 39 metre control tower, where 1200m2 of Benchmark Metallic Façade ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) hook-on-cassettes in a metallic silver finish was installed to compliment the main building.

Jersey Airport’s new Air Traffic Control Centre is expected to become fully operational towards the end of 2010 and has been named as ‘Project of the Year’ by the Jersey Construction Council at their recent awards ceremony.

Graeme Hutchison, Assistant Director of Jersey Property Holdings Architects Section commented “The Optimo system was selected to provide both the necessary thermal performance and the desired visual effect of a semi-matt finish to give a machine like quality.  From a practical point of view rapid run off was essential to avoid unsightly staining due to the powerful effect of aviation fuel.” 

He added “The ACM metallic finish rainscreen from Benchmark was initially specified as it could be pre-formed to the radii of the Air Traffic Control Tower on the "stem" and the splayed section at the top of the tower forming the external walkway.  The colour selected complimented the colour of the Optimo wall and façade system.” 

Suitable for vertical or horizontal applications, the ultra-flat Optimo insulated panels can be used to create a stylishly sleek look to the building profile and are available with a number of different vertical joint options and cover widths from 600 up to 1000mm in 1mm increments.  They offer lifetime continuity, thermal performance and airtightness of less than 5m3/hr/m2 at 50 Pa.

Available in an array of different colours, ACM metallics can be tailored to individual projects providing a truly bespoke modern stylised appearance.  Combined with superior aesthetics the underlying Benchmark Karrier Panels provide excellent weather protection to the building envelope.  The Benchmark product range is simple to integrate into other systems with matching flashings and ancillaries available.

Benchmark offers a comprehensive range of architectural roof, wall and façade systems suitable for both newbuild and refurbishment projects which can be used to make a creative statement without compromising on performance, all products are available with the Total Benchmark Guarantee.

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