A banana-shaped building that is a previous recipient of the prestigious Built in Quality Award from the Building Inspectorate, features a roof finished in 60 tonnes of Kirkby Blue/Grey natural roofing slate supplied by the UK’s leading producer, Cumbria-based Burlington.

In addition to Burlington’s roofing slate, the corporate headquarters and research and development facility of Innovia Films - a leading global producer of speciality Biaxially Orientated Polypropylene and cellulose films - sees the same stone deployed as step treads and risers on an external feature and twin flight staircase that provides access to the building’s main entrance located on the top floor of the three storey structure.

Adding continuity to the external deployment of the Burlington stone, architects HTGL Limited of Carlisle also specified the material with a honed finish to create a circular floor feature located at the base of a sweeping, semi-grand staircase that forms the focal point of the building’s atrium.

Home to some 100 Innovia Films employees deployed across both research and development and corporate administration and communications facilities, the mono pitched roof of the building not only echoes the curvature of the front elevation, in doing so it obscures the rooftop air conditioning plant. Constructed as a traditional and heavily insulated timber structure, the roof finish has been laid using Burlington’s 18” X 10” best patterned blue/grey Kirkby natural slates. Roofing contractors for the project were Southwest Roofing of Dumfries.

Whilst having been designed in keeping with the local vernacular native to Cumbria, the Wigton located Innovia Films building - constructed by Story Construction Limited of Carlisle - features a stunning glass faced frontage. Three storeys in height at this point, the building recedes into its hillside backdrop, two storeys being visible above level at this point. Central to the building being acclaimed as a former National Built in Quality Awards winner were a number of important environmental considerations. The building, for example, features triple glazing that contains a 4” void between two of the sections thereby delivering improved insulation properties. Furthermore, the air conditioning system serves to shuffle air from one part of the building to another, subject to seasonality.

Comments Burlington’s Joint Managing Director, Malcolm Hatch: “The Innovia Films HQ is not only a fantastic example of industrial and commercial architecture it is, by its design, one that has many impressive environmental attributes. We are delighted that both our slate and stone has been specified within what is a very impressive structure.”

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