Cladding solutions provides a reflective contrast

Leading rainscreen cladding manufacturer and distributor, Cladding Solutions (CSL), has provided two of their products to provide visitors to an exciting new modern office building with a reflective and contrasting finish that creates a very memorable first impression.

Designed by Dunthorne Parker Architects and built by Crispin & Borst, the building at Milton Park in Egham has the enviable position of being located within a mature historic parkland. To complement the unique location, Dunthorne Parker decided to clad the building in a subtle-toned material with a depth and character that wouldn’t fade with time. Anolok anodised aluminium cladding from Cladding Solutions provided the answer.

Anoloke is anodised aluminium that is created by adding cobalt to aluminium.

The result is a highly reflective yet durable material. Cladding Solutions provided a series of factory produced cassettes, utilising 2mm thick aluminium. The cassettes provided simple, secret fixing to the façade using a cladding support system from the Eurofox Engineering range. Eurofox provided its MUK-V100 ‘intelligent’ system for the attachment of the prefabricated cassettes. Consisting of Macfox brackets and special vertical profiles for the uptake of individually adjustable studs, the cassettes were hung on the studs and secured to the vertical profile using secret fixings.

Dunthorne Parker, commissioned to design Milton Park by Sackville Developments, specified some 1,200m² of Anolok Cassettes in three different shades of bronze - 543, 544 and 545 - to create a natural tile-like pattern.

A big advantage of Anolok is that the aluminium is resistant to UV light so it reflects light whilst resisting fading.

This ensures a long lasting bronze appearance. A fashionable material predominately used in the 1970s, Anolok is having something of a resurgence thanks to its durability and unique appearance.

As a contrast, CSL also provided [fibre C], an innovative glass reinforced concrete cladding. A multi faceted, ultra thin (13mm), high strength cladding product, it has a naturally textured finish and, specified in Bianco Ferro colour, provided the ideal contrast to the reflective metal cladding. Tough and with the workability and durability of concrete, [fibre C] with its fibre glass content, has many benefits over traditional concrete including a reduction in thickness, stability and fire protection.

Eurofox Engineering also provided the cladding support system for the [fibre C] material. To fix the 670m² of [fibre C}, Eurofox Engineering provided its Macfox MTK (Structural Adhesive) rainscreen cladding support system. Robust and with a proven track record, the system is produced from hard wearing aluminum and can be used to fix a variety of cladding materials. To provide an uninterrupted façade, the [fibre C] panels were held in place using SikaTack Panel Adhesive from Sika. A high performance adhesive system, it allows cladding panels to be quickly fixed in place without the need for unsightly mechanical fixing systems which often protrude through the cladding panels.

The [fibre C] panels are available in a range of standard sizes but can be fabricated to virtually any size to help eliminate joints. The panels are also available in a wide range of natural shades to suit most applications.

The new two storey office building replaces an existing complex of outdated, inefficient and low quality buildings.

All the office space consolidated within the new building will benefit from the modern features and design demanded by the current commercial market, whilst employing passive solar shading and careful use of the building envelope to achieve a ‘B’ Energy performance certificate rating.

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